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In 1986, the bad guys of baseball won the World Series. Now, Erik Sherman, the New York Times best-selling coauthor of Mookie, profiles key players from that infamous Mets team, revealing never-before-exposed details about their lives after that championship year...as well as a look back at the magical season itself.

Darryl Strawberry, Doc Gooden, Keith Hernandez, Lenny Dykstra, Mookie Wilson, Howard Johnson, Doug Sisk, Rafael Santana, Bobby Ojeda, Wally Backman, Kevin Mitchell, Ed Hearn, Danny Heep, and the late Gary Carter were all known for their heroics on the field. For some of them - known as the "Scum Bunch" - their debauchery off the field was even more awe inspiring. But when that golden season ended, so did their aura of invincibility. Some faced battles with addiction, some were traded, and others struggled just to keep their lives together.

Through interviews with these legendary players, Erik Sherman offers fans a new perspective on a team that will forever be remembered in sports history.

©2016 Erik Sherman (P)2016 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"Erik Sherman's breezy, absorbing meet-up with the members of the 1986 New York Mets makes for a beautiful trip down memory lane. An absolute joy." (Jeff Pearlman, New York Times best-selling author of The Bad Guys Won!)

"Decades past their glory days, the ’86 Mets are still amazing in their power to inspire. Erik Sherman captures these heroes past their prime in a beautiful collection of portraits, proving that these Mets were once the kings of queens and they're still the kings of hearts." (Jonathan Eig, author of Luckiest Man and Opening Day)

"The Mets of the eighties had the walk and talk to own New York...and they did!" (Tim McCarver, longtime Mets’ broadcaster and recipient of the 2012 Ford C. Frick Award)  

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