I just finished reading Tom Seaver: A Terrific Life by Bill Madden. It was a throughly enjoyable book. As a life long Mets fan, I spent my childhood watching Tom Seaver pitch. Much of the book covers familiar ground in Mets history. But it was all brought to life again with Madden’s frequent use of quotations, both historical and contemporary.
You find out what was said on the field and in the dugout during those iconic moments like the near perfect game, those magical ‘69 September games, and of course the celebration after the Miracle Mets won the World Series.
I most enjoyed the small personal details, like how a live bat flew into the Seaver home the night before he won his 300th game. Or the mouse race Tom organized in the hotel hallway while he was still in high school. There’s even the story of how Seaver got his nickname “The Franchise”. The last chapter, depicting his final health battle with dementia, was sad but enlightening.
If you’re a Mets fan like me, you’ll enjoy Tom Seaver: A Terrific Life by Bill Madden.