These were the heroes who owned the summers of the 1960s.
Tom Seaver and Tommie Agee.
Cleon Jones and Jerry Koosman.
Roger Craig and Jerry Grote.
Frank Thomas and Tug McGraw.
During the summers of the 1960s, the heroes of Flushing wore Mets uniforms. On their best days (which, until 1969, were admittedly too few), they were entertaining and inspiring. They smote hated rivals and sent their best to the All-Star game, in the decade when that mid-summer classic moved under the lights … and into prime time.
On their worst days, these Mets heroes broke our hearts, squandering late-inning leads and pre-season hopes … but they never lost our devotion.
They were the heroes of our youth. Now their stories are collected in
Mets Heroes: Remembering the New York Mets Who Helped Make the 1960s Baseball’s Real Golden Age.
The book profiles the best (and a few of the worst) of the New York Mets of the 1960s. In all, there are 71 profiles of the infielders, outfielders, catchers and pitchers who played for the New York Mets in the 1960s.
Do you remember …
The hard-throwing right-hander who led the National League in ERA 3 times and strikeouts 5 times as a member of the New York Mets? (page 101)
The Gold Glove third baseman who was a 7-time All-Star and 1964 Most Valuable Player? (page 10)
The center fielder who was a former American League Rookie of the Year? (page 34)
The All-Star outfielder who led the National League in hits 3 times and in triples twice? (page 38)
The southpaw who led the Mets in wins in 1968 and won 2 World Series games in 1969)? (page 91)
The slugging first baseman who was the Most Valuable Player in the 1969 World Series? (page 14)
The reliever who was 2-12 as a starter in 1966-1967, and 9-3 (with 12 saves) as a reliever in 1969? (page 95)
The All-Star first baseman who has played more games in a Mets uniform than any other player? (page 20)
The left-hander who went from a 20-game loser for the Mets to a 13-game winner for the Cardinals? (page 89)
The veteran pitcher who won a team-high 15 games in the Mets’ first 2 seasons … and lost 46 games? (page 77)
Their stories are here. Enjoy the memories.
Paperback edition: $9.99
Kindle edition: $3.99