It actually happened, Mets fans: believe! As the National League Champions head to the 2015 World Series, bone up on your team history with this trove of Mets memoirs, biographies and racy reads.
“BASEBALL MAVERICK: How Sandy Alderson Revolutionized Baseball and Revived the Mets” by Steve Kettmann. A look at the even-keeled GM who pulled the trigger on the trade that brought Travis d’Arnaud and Noah Syndergaard to the Mets. (Atlantic Monthly Press, $26)
“THE BAD GUYS WON: A Season of Brawling, Boozing, Bimbo Chasing, and Championship Baseball with Straw, Doc, Mookie, Nails, the Kid, and the Rest of the 1986 Mets, the Rowdiest Team Ever to Put on a New York Uniform — and Maybe the Best” by Jeff Pearlman. A riotous and classic account by a former Newsday writer of the crazy goings-on during the legendary ’86 season. (Harper Perennial, $14.99)
“MOOKIE: Life, Baseball, and the ’86 Mets” by Mookie Wilson with Erik Sherman. This memoir by an ’86 favorite recalls a time when the blue and orange were baseball’s best. (Berkley, $17).
“DOC: A Memoir” by Dwight Gooden and Ellis Henican. No fan’s bookshelf is complete without a memoir by one of the Mets most famed — and troubled — pitchers. (New Harvest, $27)
“STRAW: Finding My Way” by Darryl Strawberry. The travails of this iconic Mets slugger and key member of the ’86 championship team. (Ecco, $14.99)
“LONG SHOT” by Mike Piazza with Lonnie Wheeler. A candid autobiography from the catcher who led the Mets to their last World Series appearance, in 2000. (Simon and Schuster, $16.95)
“THE WORST TEAM MONEY COULD BUY: The Collapse of the New York Mets” by Bob Klapisch and John Harper. Mets fan have suffered through some bad times, and the 1992 season was just plain ugly. (Bison Books, $21.95)
“GIL HODGES: A Hall of Fame Life” by Mort Zachter. Detailed biography of the beloved Dodgers first baseman and manager of the Mets’ 1969 World Series-winning team. (University of Nebraska, $34.95)
“THE COMPLETE GAME: Reflections on Baseball and the Art of Pitching” by Ron Darling. Wisdom from one of the most thoughtful and cerebral players ever to put on a Mets uniform. (Vintage, $15)
“SUMMERS AT SHEA: Tom Seaver Loses His Overcoat and Other Mets Stories” by Ira Berkow. From the legendary sportswriter, 50-plus years of columns that range from the Mets beginnings in 1962 to the David Wright era. (Triumph Books, $14.95)
“CAN’T ANYBODY HERE PLAY THIS GAME?: The Improbable Saga of the New York Mets’ First Year” by Jimmy Breslin. The question was asked by the legendarily quotable Casey Stengel, who managed the inaugural 1962 Mets team to a record 120 losses. A canonical, funny account by a tabloid great. (Ivan R. Dee, $12.95)