Originally posted on Mets360.com  |  Last updated 10/5/13
Previously, I have written about how I had sold part of my collection and have been working to rebuilding it. When I first spoke with the dealer who bought the collection, the first question he asked me was, “Do you have the bible?”. I was really didn’t know what he meant. What he meant was the 1962 Mets yearbook. I’ve been thinking about that comment for a while now and I can see where a dealer would classify the team’s first yearbook that way. But to me, that’s not the case. To me, The Year the Mets Lost Last Place, written by Paul D. Zimmerman and Dick Schaap occupies that spot. I distinctly remember buying my copy at the drug store by the Massapequa train station. It probably cost $1.95. I bought it in 1970. The drug store is long gone just like the book’s cover. It chronicles the Mets rise to relevance during a one week time frame, July 8, 1969 to July 16, 1969. Its been on my bookshelf for over 40 years. Its got “x’s” next to selected passages: Like Donn Clendeno...
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