The Last Icon

The Last Icon

Tom Seaver and His Times

Book - 2011
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In early 1969, New York City and all it represented was in disarray: politically, criminally, and athletically. But while Simon and Garfunkel lamented the absence of a sports icon like Joe DiMaggio, a modern Lancelot rode forth to lead the New York Mets to heights above and beyond all sports glory. This book tells the complete, unvarnished story of the great Tom Seaver, that rarest of all American heroes, the New York Sports Icon. In a city that produces not mere mortals but sports gods, Seaver represented the last of a breed. His deeds, his times, his town--it was part of a vanishing era, an era of innocence. In 1969, six years after John F. Kennedy's assassination, Seaver and the Mets were the last gasp of idealism before free agency, Watergate, and cynicism. Here is the story of "Tom Terrific" of the "Amazin' Mets," a man worthy of a place alongside DiMaggio, Ruth, Mantle, and Namath in the pantheon of New York idols.
Publisher: Lanham, Md : Taylor Trade, c2011
ISBN: 9781589796607
Branch Call Number: 796.357 S442t 2011
Characteristics: ix, 288 p. : ill. ; 24 cm


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May 28, 2016

This book was pretty laughable at times. The author was clearly a huge fan of Seaver, and didn't even try to be objective. Anyone who was not Seaver, or didn't do things Seaver did, or got to do things that Seaver didn't, was promptly dumped upon. I'd say to skip it.


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