If you are the fan of any baseball team, then at least once you have had a horrid season. The type of season that no matter what you do you can just not shake the memory. For fans of the 29 other teams in the league, they can take some pride in the fact that they are not the all-time worst…….hey that honor has to go to someone, right? Well, congratulations New York Mets fans, the honor is all yours. The proud owners of 120 losses in their inaugural season in 1962, the New York Mets set a new record for futility that has yet to be broken over 50 years later. Now there is a book that allows you to relieve the highlights, or low-lights, depending on how you look at it, of that first season.
There is a whole series of the “Tales From the Dugout of….” books available for various teams out there right now. They all follow the same basic premise of highlighting a certain team or season to the delight of that team’s fans. They are targeted to a very specific market and may not appeal to all baseball fans.
This specific book from Janet Paskin allows readers to look at the Mets 1962 season. Each chapter highlights specific moments in the season that were of historical significance. It also takes a look at player performances and antics during the season, on and off the field. The final piece of the book takes a where are they now approach and tells the reader what happened to the individual players after 1962.
Unfortunately, these are the same old stories you would hear as fans about the 1962 New York Mets. I am sure its very hard to come up with new material about a single season more than a half century later. While historical for it being the Mets first season and the record-setting loss total, nothing really historical happened within baseball. There was nothing groundbreaking that would make it a season to be remembered for all time.
If you are a Mets fan, the stories in this book you have probably heard 100 times before. That being said you will probably enjoy reading them for the 101st time. If you are not a Mets fan, this will have a hard time holding your interest, unless you really enjoy stories of ineptitude on the baseball diamond.
You can pick up this book from the nice folks at Sports Publishing