WE WON TODAY: My Season with the Mets by Kathryn Parker

WE WON TODAY: My Season with the Mets

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Here is the famous woman sports journalist ""on my way to Shea Stadium to interview the players and involve myself in the world of big league professional baseball."" Someone has pulled the string on Chatty Kathy Parker, whose gossipy coverage of the 1976 Mets reads like Dear Diary entries, full of breathless naivetÉ and imagined intimacies (she's on a first-name basis with the Mets bench): ""Take care of yourself, John. . . For Mike's sake, I hope it [an injury] isn't serious. . . Wayne does tend to ramble on. . . More power to you, Del."" Parker's apolitical approach is a distressing response for a reporter who encountered the hostility she did from the front office: ""some of the players had been warned not to talk to me."" (Why?) Her reaction: ""I wanted to give up and run away. I had put myself into a situation I was unprepared to handle, so I went home and cried."" Things are peachier with the tape recorder running, but off-the-cuff comments from Bruce Boisclair, Bud Harrelson, Tug McGraw (unaccountably, as he was with the Phillies in '76), Ron Swoboda, and Kathleen (Mrs. Skip) Lockwood show a conspicuous absence of an organizing hand. And Parker barely gets within hailing distance of Tom Seaver--always referred to as ""Tom Terrific."" The (non-sexist) verdict: puerile.

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1977
Publisher: Doubleday