Can't Anybody Here Play This Game?: The Improbable Saga of the New York Mets' First Year

Can t Anybody Here Play This Game The Improbable Saga of the New York Mets First Year Here back in print is Jimmy Breslin s marvelous account of the improbable saga of the New York Mets first year as Bill Veeck notes in his Introduction preserving for all time a remarkable tale of

  • Title: Can't Anybody Here Play This Game?: The Improbable Saga of the New York Mets' First Year
  • Author: Jimmy Breslin Bill Veeck
  • ISBN: 9781566634885
  • Page: 440
  • Format: Paperback
  • Here, back in print, is Jimmy Breslin s marvelous account of the improbable saga of the New York Mets first year, as Bill Veeck notes in his Introduction, preserving for all time a remarkable tale of ineptitude, mediocrity, and abject failure Indeed the 1962 Mets were the worst major league baseball team ever to take the field The title of the book is a quote from CaHere, back in print, is Jimmy Breslin s marvelous account of the improbable saga of the New York Mets first year, as Bill Veeck notes in his Introduction, preserving for all time a remarkable tale of ineptitude, mediocrity, and abject failure Indeed the 1962 Mets were the worst major league baseball team ever to take the field The title of the book is a quote from Casey Stengel, their manager at the time Breslin casts the Mets, who lost 120 games out of a possible 162 that year, as a lovable bunch of losers And, he argues, they were good for baseball, coming as a welcome antidote to the era of the businessman in sports dry and agonizing a time as you would want to see Although they were written forty years ago, many of Breslin s comments will strike a chord with today s sports fan, fed up with the growing commercialism of the games Against this trend Breslin sets the exploits of Marvelous Marv Throneberry, Stengel, and the rest of the hapless Mets Wonderful Charles Salzberg, New York Times A touching, enjoyable, and interesting addition to anybody s sports reading list Patrick Conway

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    1. Jimmy Breslin was a Pulitzer Prize winning American columnist and author He wrote numerous novels, and pieces of his have appeared regularly in various newspapers in his hometown of New York City He was a regular columnist for the newspaper Newsday until his retirement on November 2, 2004.Among his notable columns, perhaps the best known was published the day after John F Kennedy s funeral, focusing on the man who had dug the president s grave The column is indicative of Breslin s style, which often highlights how major events or the actions of those considered newsworthy affect the common man.

    2. Pretty much everything you need to know about the Mets, the worst season in the history of baseball, greedy owners, and New York baseball fans. Breslin is at times hilarious, with an almost vaudevillian sense of timing. He's also very realistic and very true as to the nature of Mets fans, who know that their team is made up of bums, but cheer just as loud when someone makes second base as they would if it were a home run. On Mets Fans:"You see, the Mets are losers, just like nearly everybody els [...]

    3. This book is always listed among the top 50 or 100 books written about baseball. Frankly, I can't see what the fuss is about. The style is meandering. He goes off on tangents for three or four pages that only seem remotely connected to the theme. It had some very interesting points and made some interesting analyses about New York City and the effect the move of the Dodgers and the Giants and the arrival of the Mets had on the city. It is a short book and an easy read. It was an ok book, but hav [...]

    4. "This is a team for the cab driver who gets held up and the guy who loses out on a promotion because he didn't maneuver himself to lunch with the boss enough. It is the team for every guy who has to get a job he does not like. And it is the team for every woman who looks up ten years later and sees her husband eating dinner in a T-shirt and wonders how the hell she ever let this guy talk her into getting married. The Yankees? Who does well enough to root for them, Laurence Rockefeller?"Amazingly [...]

    5. Book still stands up, almost 50 years later. I was at the game on that Sunday in May or June at the Polo Grounds when Marvelous Marv Thronberry made an error in the first inning to allow Cubs to score and then hit a triple in the bottom of the first to atone for his error. But then the Marvelous One was called out for missing second base. When Casey Stengel came out to argue, the ump held up his hands to ward Stengel off, explaining "Forget it, Casey, he missed first base, too."

    6. I fucking hate the mets but this book is great- a baseball must. Breslin is hilarious and if you've ever loved a shitty team this book will definitely shed some insight into your hopelessness.

    7. I like Breslin's style (expect digressions), but this book is a bit of ancient history (1962) on baseball. His remarks about the increased commercialization of baseball is a bit quaint, given the great financial windfalls enjoyed by modern sports leagues today. But his description of the Mets' defensive ineptitude is still humorous today.

    8. Lots of journalistic shoe-leather and awesome bar-room, connect-the-dots tangential anecdotes and asides from a young Jimmy Breslin (early 30s), flashing old-soul wit and wisdom alike as he chronicles and tries vainly to assess the universal appeal of the Marv Throneberry-centric historically bad stumblebum babies of 1962. From Casey Stengel and Choo Choo Coleman to Senators and cab drivers alike, Breslin talks to all the right sources and paints a hilariously pretty picture of a team set up to [...]

    9. Amusing tribute to the '62 Mets -- the original lovable losers. And lose they did: 120 games. They lost nine straight to start the season and lost as many as 17 consecutive games later that year. They had two pitchers who *lost* twenty games. But that Mets team, formed to bring National League baseball back to NY, was beloved. Why? As Breslin puts it: "You see, the Mets are losers, just like everybody else in life. This is a team for the cab driver who gets held up and the guy who loses out on a [...]

    10. I wasn't alive when the Loveable Losers were formed, but I'd like to think that if I lived in New York at the time, I would have been a Mets fan. I'm sure I would have, seeing that I loved the Tigers before they went to the series in '06 (just three years out of being one loss shy of tying the Mets 120 loss record) and I hate the Yankees. If you hate the Yankees in live in New York, you have to like the Mets for your NL team. (For the record, I also hate Boston, since they are just like the Yank [...]

    11. Here, back in print, is Jimmy Breslin's marvelous account of the improbable saga of the New York Mets' first year, as Bill Veeck notes in his Introduction, "preserving for all time a remarkable tale of ineptitude, mediocrity, and abject failure." Indeed the 1962 Mets were the worst major league baseball team ever to take the field. (The title of the book is a quote from Casey Stengel, their manager at the time.) Breslin casts the Mets, who lost 120 games out of a possible 162 that year, as a lov [...]

    12. Here it ise who, what, where, when, why, and how of the New York Mets first year as a teame team that made them the worst in baseball history! It wasn't easy to lose 120 games, but the Mets did it. Jimmy Breslin was the perfect person to write this little saga.I really miss the guy.If you care about baseball, then this is the book for you.There are so many interesting stories in this book. One example. Stan Musial waited an extra year to retire because playing the Mets would help his stats! Even [...]

    13. I've wanted to read this book about the first year of the New York Mets for a long time and finally had the opportunity to do so. I was not disappointed, as this book from the 1960s brought an old school journalistic/sports writing sensibility to the topic. Its a snapshot of a time, a place, a team, and some of the most iconoclastic individuals in baseball loreStengel, Thronberry, et al. My only complaint, and it is somewhat minor, is that the author has a tendency toward tangents (sometimes on [...]

    14. a) breslin is a serious fucking journalist; he's the guy that the son of sam sent his "hello from the gutters" letter to at the daily news.b) this is fucking hilarious, heartwarming and why i could never be a yankee fan, 20 some-odd championships be damned.c) i wish i was alive to see this all happen so badly.

    15. This is a very funny book about the Mets first season in 1962. Great stories about Casey Stengel, Marvelous Marv Throneberry, et al. They still hold the record for the most losses (120) in a season. The book was written in 1963 so the author had a first hand account of all the mishaps and oddities. Little did he know that in seven years they would become the Miracle Mets.

    16. Good fun! Jimmy Breslin brings a snarky, sports columnists voice to the truly horrible 1962 New York Mets - arguably the worst, but yet most lovable team in baseball history. At times he's a one-trick pony (we get it, they are so bad they are good!), but his portrayal of early 60s New York and baseball at the time is worth the read.

    17. A SF Chronicle columnist called this the "best baseball book ever". So I had to pick it up. A really fun find. It's from 1963 about the Mets first year - when they lost 120 games! Gives you a great view of the love affair of NYC w/baseball and the Mets in particular - the Yankees are too "perfect" while the Mets are more like 'us'. Very fun, quick read.

    18. Funny and sentimental without overdoing it. In fact, it could probably use even more zany Mets play-by-play to overcome the "this is what time does" and "everyone is really a loser" mawkishness. But the balances works. Short, funny, and actually a little meaningful.

    19. A look at the New York Mets' first year of baseball. A comedy of errors -- the team, not the book. This is a fast-paced easily digestable tale of abject failure on the diamond.

    20. Pulitzer-prize winner writes about the lovable loser '62 mets. Stories from the bar keeps, cabbies and wise guys on why they loved their mets. Good read for a mets fan. Cheap kindle book.

    21. This book effectively sums up why I am a Mets fan in both its description of the 1962 Mets and the wit with which Breslin writes.

    22. My copy of this book is signed by the author, Jimmy Breslin, who wrote on the cover page, "Why root for the Yankees? Anybody can do that." That pretty much sums it up.

    23. This book was written in 1963, the year after the Mets came into the National League as an expansion team to replace the Dodgers and the Giants, who had moved to the West Coast. A period piece, you won't get any advanced stats, comparison to later Mets Team (for example, the Miracle Mets of '69), or sabermetrics. Instead, you'll get a honest appraisal of what National League baseball in general, and the Mets in particular, meant to the city of New York.In short, the Mets of 1962 reflected the li [...]

    24. Just a quick, easy read by one of the all-time great sports reporters. This book should be required reading for all Detroit Tigers fans in 2018 because I think the Tigers have a long couple of years ahead of themselves, so finding some joy in bad baseball is going to be important. Paraphrasing Breslin, the Tigers really are the people's team because when the hell was the last time you won anything?

    25. Classic account of the worst baseball team in Major League history, the 1962 New York Mets. In spite of their incompetence, the Mets drew large crows of loyal fans. Breslin tells the story of how the team came about and why they were so bad. Recommended for anyone who loves baseball or the Big Apple.

    26. Embarrassed to admit that I had not read this book before. Boy did the Mets stink. Breslin made it sound fun to witness somehow.

    27. Laugh-out-loud hilarious for the first half or so. Not quite as hilarious in the back half, but it's a quick, sweet, short read about the worst season any team has ever had in the history of major league baseball that gets to the heart of why Mets fan love their losers.

    28. I picked it up after seeing it on a list of top baseball books. The story was interesting, but the writing was BAD! If it was any longer I wouldn’t have finished it.

    29. Another must-read for any Mets fan. It's not a day-by-day recap of the Mets' inaugural season - Breslin gets to the heart of why the Mets mattered to New York, and what made them truly unique. The passage about marking time through sports hit home, too.

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