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February 12, 2008

Mets By The Numbers, by Jon Springer and Matthew Silverman

Mets By The Numbers: A Complete Team History Of The Amazin' Mets By Uniform Number, by Jon Springer and Matthew Silverman, is a unique resource for Mets fans. It is a history of the team as told by uniform number.

Think about it - at any moment in time, only one player can wear any given uniform number. Mets By The Numbers catalogs every Mets player through the 2007 season, as well as every uniform number that he has ever worn (Jeff McKnight wore five separate uniforms as a Met, earning him the nickname The Jeff McKnighmare).

The book begins with an entertaining forward by longtime Mets announcer Howie Rose, but the meat of the book is the detailed discussion of each uniform number. From #1: Leading Off: Mookie Wilson to #17: "I'm Keith Hernandez" to #25: Bobby Boo and beyond, each chapter is rich with inside references for knowledgeable fans to simple statistics for those who are newer to Mets fandom.

I should point out that I've known Mr. Springer for several years, and find his mbtn.net website to be an invaluable resource. After a facelift this past year, mbtn.net is back online, and it continues to document the uniforms that Mets players wear. What the Mets By The Numbers book adds is much more in the way of anecdotal description of the players and their histories with their uniform numbers. The website is a great resource, especially for Internet-savvy fans, but the book is for those who enjoy reminiscing and lingering over the memories of the Mets at different periods in time.

Mets By The Numbers
is the perfect complement to any Mets library. Buy it for the avid Mets fan in your life.

Posted by In Repair at February 12, 2008 01:51 PM

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