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THE 1969 MIRACLE METS


THE IMPROBABLE STORY OF THE WORLD’S GREATEST UNDERDOG TEAM


By STEVEN TRAVERS

Foreword by BUD HARRELSON


The Globe Pequot Press


STEVEN TRAVERS

Copyright, 2009


FRONT AND BACK DUSTCOVERS


In the popular movie Oh, God! George Burns, playing the deity, is asked in a courtroom to prove His divinity by performing a miracle. Burns tells the attorney that miracles are too showy and should occur only on rare occasions.

“The last miracle I did was the 1969 Meets,” He says. “Before that, I think you have to go back to the Red Sea.”

Man has engaged in athletic competition at least since the ancient Greeks. Baseball has been played, according to legend, since Abner Doubleday invented it at Cooperstown, New York in 1839. Through the travail of ages, in the entire history of sports, the 1969 “Amazin’ Mets” remains the single most impossible, unbelievable, improbable and wonderful story of all times.

This books tells the tale of that incredible spring, summer and fall, but it does much more than simply recount how the worst sports franchise ever ascended to the very heights of greatness in a few short months. The Last Miracle: Tom Seaver and the 1969 Amazin’ Mets is the story of tumultuous times: the 1960s. Amidst the backdrop of the Vietnam War, the Mets remained the last, best hope of a city on the verge of bankruptcy. Through the lens of time we now can view them as a metaphor for a changing America, and in light of the Big Apple’s phoenix-like comeback over the years, the catapult for this battered-yet-unbowed Metropolis.

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