Ira Berkow on 50 Years of the Mets

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Former New York Times columnist Ira Berkow discusses the Mets and his collection of opinions, stories, and observations from his long and distinguished career. From memories of inaugural franchise manager Casey Stengel and Hall of Famer Tom Seaver to reflections on ace Johan Santana and the superstar David Wright, Summers at Shea is a collection of 50 years of his writing, bringing to life Mets’ personalities from the last half century.


Ira Berkow

Comments [2]

Amy from Manhattan

Another joke about the early Mets' lack of prowess was in the 1st episode of Get Smart, when the password Agents 86 & 99 were supposed to recognize each other by was "New York Mets win double-header," because that would never happen! Except it does, & the password is the front-page headline that day. A young kid reads it out loud at the newsstand where the agents are supposed to meet; Smart asks, "Are you 99?," & the kid replies, "No, 6-1/2."

Aug. 29 2013 02:05 AM
Mark from New York, New York

I think another reason why the Dodgers had a stronger hold on Brooklyn than did the Giants in Manhattan is that the Dodgers came into being at the same time that Brooklyn was losing its status as a separate city. Holding onto the Dodgers so strongly was a way for Brooklynites to distinguish themselves from the city that absorbed them.

Aug. 28 2013 01:40 PM

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