This book provides the most authoritative chronicling of baseball's most endearing underdog story. It features biographies of every player, coach, broadcaster, and significant front-office member. It contains essays on the great moments of the season and how New York got wrapped up in the Mets. Seven seasons after the Mets debuted with the most losses in modern baseball history, the franchise was still seen as a laughingstock, with 100-to-1 odds to win the World Series when 1969 began. The first year of divisional play started out as the Cubs' year, while most onlookers figured the Mets would be happy if they could play.500 ball. Tom Seaver's Imperfect Game against Chicago showed that the Mets could play with the big boys, but the Cubs still had a double-digit lead on the Mets in the middle of August. The Cubs stumbled, plagued by worn-out players, black cats, and bad luck, and magnificent Mets pitching turned the tide. "The Miracle Has Landed" celebrates the loveable Mets like no other book, complete with photos and artifacts of the time.
A project of the Society for American Baseball Research, this volume gathers the collective efforts of more than thirty SABR members and features profiles of every player, coach, broadcaster, and significant front-office member connected to that great Mets squad. Included are Hall of Famers Tom Seaver and Nolan Ryan, beloved manager Gil Hodges, the talented outfield of Cleon Jones, Tommie Agee, and Ron Swoboda, drill sergeant backstop Jerry Grote, crucial mid-season acquisition Donn Clendenon, scrappy shortstop Bud Harrelson, and a pitching staff that went far deeper than just Seaver and Ryan. Forty years later the Miracle Mets are still revered, the first world champion expansion team and the club that stole New York's heart.
MATTHEW SILVERMAN is the author of several books on the Mets, including 100 Things Mets Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die, Mets Essential, and Mets by the Numbers (with Jon Springer). He is also an associate editor for The 2008 ESPN Baseball Encyclopedia. He lives in High Falls, New York. KEN SAMELSON is a freelance sports book editor and writer. He is coauthor of Amazing Mets Trivia, The Great All-Time Baseball Record Book, The Macmillan Baseball Encyclopedia Quiz Book, and The Baseball Encyclopedia. He lives in Larchmont, New York.