From First to Worst

The New York Mets, 1973–1977, Revised edition

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About the Book

The “Miracle Mets” of 1969 had great hopes and enormous expectations for the coming decade. Unfortunately, they would be forced to watch hopes and dreams slowly fade to despair. This book details the Mets climb from last place in August of 1973 to within one game of the world championship, followed by annual struggles and a collapse in 1977. The new edition expands on the failures of the last two seasons of the decade, necessitating the Payson family to sell the beloved franchise.

About the Author(s)

Accountant Jacob Kanarek is a member of the Society for American Baseball Research. He lives in Lakewood, New Jersey.

Bibliographic Details

Jacob Kanarek
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: ca. 50 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2024
pISBN: 978-1-4766-9372-9
eISBN: 978-1-4766-5215-3
Imprint: McFarland

Book Reviews & Awards

“From ‘Ya Gotta Believe’ to ‘Ya Gotta Be Kidding Me,’ Jacob Kanarek captures the highs and lows of the New York Mets in the 1970s. The book opens with the unbelievable run from last place to the last game of the World Series in two flips of the calendar and details how an Amazin’ team was ruined. From First to Worst spares no punches: How the Mets traded Tug McGraw, why the team dealt Rusty Staub, and the saga of the ‘Midnight Massacre’ that saw Tom Seaver and Dave Kingman dealt within minutes of each other on the fateful night of June 15, 1977. Every Mets fan should be aware that whatever the team is experiencing now is a mere blip compared to when Seaver, Koosman, Matlack disappeared from Shea Stadium seemingly overnight and rookie manager Joe Torre was left holding the bag. A new epilogue follows the drama through the end of the original ownership of the Paysons and what it was like to be inside ‘Grant’s Tomb.’”—Matthew Silverman, author of Shea Stadium Remembered, Swinging ’73 and 100 Things Mets Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die