This is the first team history of the New York Mets - or any other team - to be told through a lighthearted analysis of uniform numbers.
Ordinary club histories proceed year by year to give the big picture. Mets by the Numbers uses jersey numbers to tell the little stories - the ones the fans love - of the team and its players. This is a catalog of the more than 700 Mets who have played since 1962, but it is far from just a list of No. 18s and 41s.
Mets by the Numbers celebrates the team's greatest players, critiques numbers that have failed to attract talent, and singles out particularly productive numbers, and numbers that had really big nights. With coverage of superstitions, prolific jersey-wearers, the ever-changing Mets uniform, and significant Mets numbers not associated with uniforms, this book is a fascinating alternative history of the Amazin's.
Fans with mathematical minds will love Jon Springer and Matthew Silverman's Mets by the Numbers,, a charming history of the team told through uniform numbers. Starting at number 1 and running all the way through 99, narrator Jim Barton enriches each numerical analysis with a deep, authoritative reading that plays up the triumphs that have characterized the best numbers, and humorously criticizes the worst. With a detailed analysis of more than 700 Mets players as well as superstitions and stories associated with the game and its uniform, Mets by the Numbers is an intriguing, original performance that will keep listeners well-stocked with Mets trivia.
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- David Doyle