Tourtellotte: ‘After the Miracle’: The myths and the men

From SABR member Shane Tourtellotte at The Hardball Times on June 21, 2019:

The 1969 Mets tempted me.

Two years ago, I wrote a week-by-week account of the last month of the 1967 American League pennant race. Reliving that astonishing race, and helping readers relive it through me, was one of my most satisfying times writing at The Hardball Times. So I almost chased success. I gave long and serious thought to similarly recounting the whole 1969 season, month by month, 50 years after it happened, with my primary focus being the New York Mets’ emergence, first as a decent team for the first time ever, then as an actual contender, and finally as champions.

I resisted the temptation on two grounds. First was that reliving old glories often fails to recapture what made them glorious. Second was that the Miracle Mets’ anniversary was such an obvious topic that lots of people would be covering it, and my project would vanish as a drop in the ocean of Mets nostalgia.

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Originally published: June 24, 2019. Last Updated: June 24, 2019.