So Many Ways to Lose: The Amazin’ True Story of the New York Mets—The Best Worst Team in Sports

Harper. Mar. 2021. 400p. ISBN 9780062940025. $27.99. SPORTS
Being a New York Mets fan is not for the faint of heart. First-time author Devin Gordon came of age in the 1980s, an era of soaring triumph and sordid excess for his favorite baseball team. Gordon writes as a diehard fan, keeping a healthy sense of humor in the forefront. His unpretentious, highly entertaining look at nearly 60 years of Mets history covers the team’s early years as “lovable losers,” the Miracle Mets of 1969 and the game in which the franchise won their first World Series, and the successive decades when the franchise seemed almost determined to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. Forever New York’s “other” baseball team, the Mets have their own distinctive history and culture. Always playing in the shadow of their rival Yankees, the Mets have provided their followers with endless exasperation, equally endless reasons to hope, and some of the best baseball stories.
VERDICT All sports fans will recognize in Gordon’s promising debut the dedication, disappointment, and pure elation that come with following their special team. A worthy companion to more comprehensive histories of the franchise, recommended for baseball collections in all public and specialty libraries.
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