ROSELLE, NJ - In the same year that man set foot on the moon and nearly a half-million humans set foot on a dairy farm in Bethel, NY. for the culturally-iconic Woodstock music festival, the "Amazins" -- the New York Mets -- captured the hearts of baseball fans near and far when they captured the 1969 World Series.
The "Miracle Mets" as they were dubbed, won 100 games that season before defeating the Atlanta Braves in the National League Championship Series and the Baltimore Orioles in the World Series to claim the crown.
Former Mets outfielder then broadcaster -- and now-author -- Art Shamsky, who hit .300, slugged 14 home runs during the "Miracle Mets’" Cinderella-season and ultimate march to victory, will provide his thoughts on the Metropolitans' achievement and a summer to remember when he speaks on September 17, from 6:30 - 8 p.m. at the Warinanco Sports Center in Roselle.
The event is free, but pre-registration is suggested through the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs at ucnj.org/parks-recreation.
The talk will focus on Shamsky’s new book, After the Miracle. The book places the incredible 1969 baseball season in the context of other major events of the time, and chronicles the brotherhood that developed among members of the 1969 team through the years.
The event includes question-and-answer period, and copies of After the Miracle will be available for purchase.
This event is sponsored by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders through the Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs in the Department of Parks and Recreation, and is funded in part by a grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a Division of Cultural Affairs in the Department of State.
The Warinanco Sports Center is located at 1 Park Drive in Warinanco Park, in Roselle.