There are authors who write about events and there are authors who bring life to the events that they write about. Mets blogger and author, Greg Prince is in a third category. He is the Plato of Mets fans. In his new book “The Happiest Recap : First Base 1962-1973″ (the first of four volumes) Prince takes on the daunting task of chronicling 500 of the most memorable Mets wins of the teams 50 seasons.
Volume one covers 127 of those wine over a 11 year span. It starts with the Mets first win on April 23 1962 (against the Pirates at Forbes Field) until the Mets final win of the disappointing ’73 World Series ( October 18, 1973 against the Oakland A’s at Shea Stadium). Greg doesn’t just list each win, but he gives you the back ground of why each event was worthy of being one of the more memorable wins in the history of the franchise . Greg style of writing puts you in the stands by descriptively retelling the crucial events in a play by play manner. Everyone in the Teams first 10 years are there. From Casey to Yogi, Seaver to Hodges and almost everyone in between.
This book is a must for any Mets fan so buy it !
And with that said… HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!!
Mets alumni celebrating a birthday today includes:
Mets catcher from ’63-’65, Jesse Gonder would have turned 77 (1936).
Sadly on this date the Mets lost two members of their extended family. Middle reliever from the ’70 season, Ron Herbel in 2000 and Mets pitching coach from the ’03 season, Vern Ruhle in 2007.
The New York Mets signed free agent outfielder, Karim Garcia of the New York Yankees on January 20, 2004.Garcia would prove to be a clubhouse cancer, and was traded to the Baltimore Orioles mid season for middle reliever, Mike DeJean.
The New York Mets signed free agent middle reliever, José Parra on January 20, 2004.
The New York Mets signed free agent middle reliever, Tom Martin on January 20, 2009.
The New York Mets signed free agent reserve outfielder, Cory Sullivan of the Colorado Rockies on January 20, 2009. Exactly a year later the Houston Astros would sign him after the Mets let him file for free agency.
The New York Mets signed free agent reserve outfielder, Scott Hairston of the San Diego Padres on January 20, 2011. I expect him to resign with the Mets for the ’13 season.
Mo Vaughn is taking up a career as a singer. His first single will be a cover of the Tommy James and the Shondell’s classic “Mony Mony” !!!!