Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of picking up a copy of 1969 Mets champion Art Shamsky’s book, titled After The Miracle, with additions from longtime famed sportswriter Erik Sherman. The book, the second in Shamsky’s collection (the first being The Magnificent Seasons) perfectly depicts the camaraderie that we are celebrating 50 years after the Miracle Mets took home the commissioners trophy for the first time.
The story features recollections from five of the Mets’ greats from 1969. Art himself, alongside Tom Seaver, Ron Swoboda, Bud Harrelson and Jerry Koosman. The book truly is a must read, especially in this ceremonial year where we are commemorating the half-centennial of the ’69 team.
Beyond the game of baseball, the book is perfectly tied with the climate of daily life in New York in the late 1960s, as it outlines the Mets successes in 1969, and the trials and tribulations that the team had to overcome as a unit.
Have you read “After The Miracle” yet? If so, let us know about your favorite part down below!