A Year in Mudville 
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About the Book

Casey Stengel, manager of the 1962 New York Mets, had this to say about his team:  “I been in this game a hundred years, and I see new ways to lose I never knew existed before.”  The original New York Mets were historically bad, winning 40 games, losing 120 and finishing 60 ½ games out of first place.  

The Original Mets’ status as the worst baseball team of the modern era is beyond doubt, but so is their status as one of the most beloved teams of any era.   They were, in the words of their immortal manager, “amazin’.”  How many other teams traded a player for himself, never won on a Thursday, had two pitchers with the same first and last name and assigned them to be roommates, hosted an Old Timers game in their first season and continued to lose ground in the pennant race after the season ended?  The Original Mets, of course, did all of these.  The appeal of Marvelous Marv Throneberry, Hot Rod Kanehl and Choo Choo Coleman stretches far beyond the city of New York and those baseball fans old enough to remember the 1962 season.  

As the fiftieth anniversary of the Original Mets approaches, it is hard to believe there has never been a comprehensive work focused on the Original Mets.  David Bagdade has filled that void with A Year in Mudville: An Oral History of Casey Stengel and the Original Mets.   As the title indicates, A Year in Mudville is a narrative-driven account of the 1962 season, with a heavy emphasis on telling the story through the words of the participants and those who witnessed the events.  In addition to relying on virtually all existing material written about the team, A Year in Mudville is also based on interviews with players, reporters and fans who lived through that “amazin’” year.  A Year in Mudville is a lively, entertaining examination of the Original Mets and the legend which has grown up around the team in the five decades since their debut.

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