The New York Mets: Ethnography, Myth, and Subtext (Paperback)

The New York Mets: Ethnography, Myth, and Subtext Cover Image
By Richard Grossinger, Mike Vacarro (Foreword by)
Special Order


Offers a set of retrospective essays on the best and most interesting years of the New York Mets' history, especially '69, '73, and '86.

About the Author

Richard Grossinger is an anthropologist and publisher who has authored or edited over twenty books, including five anthologies of baseball literature. Grossinger and Lisa Conrad co-edited "Baseball I Gave You the Best Years of My Life," the first anthology of its kind, and one that includes work from contributors as diverse as Don Hall, Jack Kerouac, and Jack Spicer. "Baseball Diamonds "and "Into the Temple of Baseball" followed, both edited by Grossinger and Kevin Kerrane. For over thirty years, Grossinger and his wife, Lindy Hough, have run North Atlantic Books.

Mike Vaccaro has been the lead sports columnist at the "New York Post" since 1992, after previously working at the "Newark Star-Ledger," the "Kansas City Star," and at newspapers in upstate New York and Arkansas. He is the author of "Emperors and Idiots," the definitive history of the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry, and "1941: The Greatest Year in Sports," which will be published in May 2007. The winner of over 150 journalism awards since 1989, he is a graduate of St. Bonaventure University and lives in Hillsdale, NJ with his wife, Leigh.

Praise For…

“Grossinger summons the deep continuum, backward from Endy’s catch throughout the innermost heart’s secret Mets—Melvin Mora, Terry Leach, Wayne Garrett, and beyond. He speaks to and for the True Believeniks, those of us always searching for the door into summer.”
—Jonathan Lethem

“You want fun? Well, root for the Mets and read this wonderful book and realize that you’re part of a legacy that will live long after we suffer, linger, and die over West Coast games and four-game losing streaks and leaky bullpens. Enjoy.”
—Mike Vaccaro, New York Post sports columnist

“For those of us who were there from the beginning, it’s been forty-five years now, close to half a century of bewilderment, frustration, and unlikely miracles. The amazing Metropolitans of New York. Richard Grossinger gets the story of the team just right. He is a philosopher of the game, the world’s first baseball mystic.”
—Paul Auster

"Grossinger’s thorough knowledge of Mets history is complemented by his understanding of the ethnographer’s art. He writes with a flair and authenticity that encourages further reading, and I found it easy to cross the finish line. He’s an engaging writer, and the depth of his passion for the early Mets is worthy of attention."
—NINE Journal

Product Details
ISBN: 9781583942055
ISBN-10: 158394205X
Publisher: Frog, Ltd.
Publication Date: August 21st, 2007
Pages: 315
Language: English