Quick Book Review: “After the Miracle: The Lasting Brotherhood of the ’69 Mets” by Art Shamsky and Erik Sherman
Although I was only 9 years old in 1969, I was a rabid Mets fan, and the magic of that incredible season has stayed with me for the last 50 years. I’ve read many books and articles about that season, but this one is especially good, as it is written by former team member Art Shamsky, the right fielder. He takes you through the highlights of the season, from a personal viewpoint. There are many priceless stories, and you feel like you know the players’ personalities pretty well after reading it. The book culminates with a trip that Shamsky took last year, where he and a few other members of that team, including Jerry Koosman, Buddy Harrelson, and Ron Swoboda flew to California to visit Tom Seaver. Harrelson and Seaver are declining; Harrelson has mild Alzheimer’s, and Seaver is suffering from chronic Lyme disease. The camaraderie, the stories, the banter that came out of that trip was a delight for any Mets fan. Very enjoyable.