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GREAT ARMS, SOUR DAYS AT SHEA

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There surely must have been a support group for pitchers like Jon Matlack. Come to think of it, the original group could have been founded by the 1976 New York Mets starting rotation. Maybe it was called Pitchers without Run Support. Matlack, Tom Seaver, Jerry Koosman, Mickey Lolich and Craig Swan — five hurlers — each pitched their heart out in 1976. On paper, no major league team was better...

LIFE UNDER THE BIG TOP

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Everywhere Mets fans looked, they were delighted and surprised by the offbeat characters on and off the field. Lindsey Nelson, one of the Mets play-by-play announcer, was no exception. His wild and colorful blazers were conversation pieces. His analysis was sharp and colorful and, on occasion, reached new heights – literally. On April 28, 1965, Nelson, the “daredevil” of all the Mets broadcasters...

STRAWBERRY SEASON

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“I think some of the pressure comes from the expectations of other people; they expect you to be the big lifesaver or something when you play a sport.” – Barry Bonds
For years, New York Mets fans dreamed of a player, a hero, a Superman — a mythical figure who possessed the power of Willie; the arm of Roberto; the swing of Ted; the speed of Rickey; and the ferocity of Ty.

IT’S ALL GOOD-EN

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Dwight Gooden arrived at the Houston Astrodome long before his scheduled start — so early that he had to jump a fence to get into the ballpark. That’s what happens when you’re a teenager (19) on the day of your MLB debut. Gooden wasn’t the only one excited about his first start. Davey Johnson was anxious too. From the first time he laid eyes on Gooden, at age 17 in Kingsport, Johnson was struck...

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Hi. My name is John Strubel. I am a storyteller. I love to write. My writing is predominantly related to my greatest passion in life: baseball. Thanks for visiting my website.

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