The definitive story of the New York Mets, enthusiastically told by two of the team's more industrious fans. From the team's less than illustrious beginnings in the early 60's, through the ""amazing"" championship year at the decade's close, to today's polished and professional ball club, the facts and feelings of baseball's most loved--and laughed at--team are presented here with appropriate style and humor. In a play-by-play, chronological format, Lang and Simon succeed where many biographical reporters have not. Their book, overflowing with engagingly readable facts, reminiscences and anecdotes, bathes the Mets in a warm and humorous light that even non-fans can enjoy. Those who treasure trivia will devour the book; there are enough little-known facts amassed here to dazzle the most avid fans. The New York Mets is more than just a compilation of details and statistics skimmed from a quarter-century of New York baseball, however. Long-suffering Mets' fans have always seemed to exude a spirit of loving patience perhaps unique to this team; the authors have accurately captured that spirit and recorded it for posterity. Their work, as much a tribute to the fans as it is a statement on the team, is a fair and well-organized work. A sports book that is sure to please the team's followers and the team itself, while being substantial enough to satisfy sports historians.