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After the Miracle

The Lasting Brotherhood of the '69 Mets
Narrated by: Jonathan Todd Ross
Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
Categories: Sports, Baseball
4.5 out of 5 stars (19 ratings)

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The inside account of an iconic team in baseball history: the 1969 New York Mets - a consistently last-place team that turned it all around in just one season - told by ’69 Mets outfielder Art Shamsky, Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Seaver, and other teammates as they reminisce about what happened then and where they are today.

The New York Mets franchise began in 1962, and the team finished in last place nearly every year. When the 1969 season began, fans weren’t expecting much from “the Lovable Losers”. But as the season progressed, the Mets inched closer to first place and then eventually clinched the National League pennant. They were underdogs against the formidable Baltimore Orioles but beat them in five games to become world champions. No one had predicted it. In fact, fans could hardly believe it happened. Suddenly they were “the Miracle Mets”. 

Playing right field for the ’69 Mets was Art Shamsky, who had stayed in touch with his former teammates over the years. He hoped to get together with star pitcher Tom Seaver (who would win the Cy Young award as the best pitcher in the league in 1969 and go on to become the first Met elected to the Hall of Fame), but Seaver was ailing and could not travel. So, Shamsky organized a visit to Tom Terrific in California, accompanied by the number-two pitcher, Jerry Koosman, outfielder Ron Swoboda, and shortstop Bud Harrelson. Together, they recalled the highlights of that amazing season as they reminisced about what changed the Mets’ fortunes in 1969. 

With the help of sportswriter Erik Sherman, Shamsky has written After the Miracle for the 1969 Mets. This is an audiobook that every Mets fan - and every baseball fan - must own.

©2019 Art Shamsky and Erik Sherman (P)2019 Simon & Schuster

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Great book, narrator has no clue.

Great story by one of my favorite players on a team I used to follow daily as a youth. Narrator sucked. Mis pronunciation of Grote’s name though out book drove me crazy. Also failed on other contemporary sport figures including Dave DeBusschere. Didn’t anyone listen to this before it was released?

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Does anyone listen to these recordings before they

The publisher should be ashamed. "After the Miracle" is a great recollection of behind the scenes anecdotes of the '69 Miracle Mets. It was written by a former player and a seasoned baseball writer. There is simply no excuse for a narrator to be mispronouncing the names of players.

Jerry Grote is pronounced "Gro-tee" not "Groat." The great Whitey Herzog is not "Hertzog." There are countless others, forcing me to scream at my car speakers each time this moron bumbles a name.

Please tell the authors. They should be embarrassed. It takes away from what is otherwise a great trip down memory lane.

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The Imperfect Memory

This book was part of my life and that made it easy to love. And I did! Regrettably, it wasn’t read by a baseball fan of that era. Jerry Grote was not pronounced Groat. Mark Belanger was not pronounced Bellinger. Unfortunate distractions. I listened to the Mets radio broadcasts every night so I feel confident about the pronunciations.
The perfect complement is Roger Angell’s The Summer Game.

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it's a miracle I finished it.

Boring and repetitive. it could have had so much more insight considering the subject matter especially the story line about Tom Seaver.

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Great story, narration lacking

The story was excellent. The narrator had a great voice, but did not have a proper pronunciation guide. Hearing him call Jerry Grote (Groa-tee), Jerry GROAT was a nails on the chalkboard experience. I find this happening on many sports books on Audible and I'm disappointed this issue continues to come up.