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Mookie: Life, Baseball, and the '86 Mets

3.64  ·  Rating details ·  166 ratings  ·  28 reviews
They said it was the “Curse of the Bambino.” They said “the bad guys won.” Now one of baseball’s all-time good guys, New York Mets legend Mookie Wilson, tells his side of the story—from the ground ball through Bill Buckner’s legs that capped the miraculous 1986 World Series Game Six rally against the Boston Red Sox to the rise and fall of a team that boasted such outsize p ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published April 29th 2014 by Berkley (first published March 25th 2014)
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Scott Breslove
Jun 03, 2017 rated it liked it
A good, not great book in the pantheon of other sports autobiographies. It's what you expect and not much more, which isn't to say it's bad, just status quo. I'm an athlete, I won a big game, this is what happened, this is how I got there, this is what happened after and this is what's happening now, intermingled with this is what I think about these things. And that is that. ...more
Tara
Apr 29, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction-read
Mookie, Keith Hernandez, Ron Darling, Tim "Teufel shuffle"... Those were the guys I loved and rooted for ("MOOKIE!" "MOOKIE!") when I was a seven-year-old New Yorker caught up in the whirlwind of Mets 1986. All these years later I still remember screaming (like only a seven-year-old girl can) when Mookie made it to first base in that unforgettable World Series Game 6. Mookie brings it all back in his bio. A must-read for anyone who still remembers that fever of 1986. ...more
Ray
Oct 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
The only flaw to this book was that I still don't know how Mookie got his name and what the name means. ...more
George
Oct 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mp1, sports
"So, the winning run is at second base... with two out... 3 and 2 to Mookie Wilson. Little roller up along first... BEHIND THE BAG! IT GETS THROUGH BUCKNER! HERE COMES KNIGHT, AND THE METS WIN IT!" This is Vin Scully's famous call on Mookie Wilson's most famous play and one of the most famous plays in baseball history

Mookie Wilson was a center-fielder for the New York Mets and Toronto Blue Jays. While he is most remembered for the Bill Buckner play, but this book is a good book about his life o
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Art Thomas
Jul 17, 2020 rated it liked it
A fun read to get back into the baseball season. Mookie Wilson is among my favorite Mets of all time, really sharing the top for me with David Wright. He was a Met through and through and always played hard and enjoyed the game.

An autobiography by an athlete is a tricky thing: if the co-author changes too much it doesn't feel authentic, but the athletes themselves aren't necessarily good writers. There were parts of Mookie that were a little painful to read, with some repetitiveness, a lot of cl
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Kenneth Flusche
Sep 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Ooops Mookie, I forgot all about that ball between the legs against the Red Socks game 6 of the world series. My Memories is a smiling face and a lotta hustle at Metropolitan Stadium, Norfolk Virginia. and of Course game 7 in that same world series to put away them Northern Yankee's. Yup to me Boston and NY are both Damn Yankees. The Goodin vs Valensuala 9 innings of shut out ball another memory. Thanks for bringing up Benny another of my Tides that should have been in the Hall of Fame. Well Nor ...more
Lisa
Jun 21, 2019 rated it liked it
The most interesting parts of the book are Mookie's descriptions of his childhood and the racial discrimination that he experienced. Otherwise, it's the standard baseball book where author describes his climb to the majors, recaps his playing experiences, and offers opinions about baseball and non-baseball matters. Met fans will love the detailed accounting of the 1986 NLCS and World Series, and it was great to re-live the Mets' resurgence in the early and mid-1980s. ...more
Melissa Mannon
Jul 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: biography
This was a quick, fun summer read that helped me relive my youth. I remember the '86 Mets very fondly. Their remarkable rise to the championship helped shape my youth and helped mold my world view that anything is possible. I will never forget Roger MacDowell and the World Champions celebratory ticker tape parade. Thanks for bringing it all back Mookie. You were my Dad's favorite Met and I admired your hustle. ...more
Meg
Jul 15, 2019 rated it liked it
I remember the 86 World Series well, especially game 6. This book was a fine summary of the season and an insiders look at the antics and escapades of the bad boys of baseball. I love Mookie and enjoyed reading about his early life and what he is doing now,. I knocked a star off because this book cannot recreate the suspense and nail biting tension of that post season, which might be unfair but it is how I feel.
Dan Gould
May 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mookie is great

I met Mookie at the Mets Fantasy Camp and discovered he is the ultimate gentleman, gracious and humble. I found his book and really enjoyed his take on the Mets climb to World Series champs.
Jake Chavez
Jul 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely love Mookie Wilson. He told everything as it was, and really poured his heart & soul out into this book. A must read for any Mets fan.
Jane
Feb 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I am a lifelong fan of Mookie Wilson.
Kristen
Jan 23, 2018 rated it liked it
The main thing I learned: Mookie didn't like Gary Carter much. ...more
Jim Patton
Jan 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Mookie did not hold back on his feelings about his time with the Mets. And, he credits Bill Buckner for the awesome ballplayer and person he was.
Gloria Feit
Jun 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The sub-title of this book says it all: Almost everything one would want to know about this iconic baseball player, the sport which was the passion of his life, and the fabulous 1986 team that won it all. From the first pages: a terrific brief Forward by Keith Hernandez, continuing with an equally brief Preface by Mookie wherein he states, among other things: “It is my hope that this book is really going to let people know that I have a life outside of baseball and that I am more than just anoth ...more
Asa McMahon
Jul 14, 2014 rated it liked it
Emotional Mookie

While Mookie Wilson will always hold a special place in Mets fans' hearts, he comes across as more whiner than winner in his recently published autobiography, Mookie: Life, Baseball, and the '86 Mets (co-written with Erik Sherman).

First, Mookie admits his bitterness towards Mets management for platooning him in the outfield during the 1980's (no surprise there). Next he expresses his anger and sadness towards Straw and Doc for not capitalizing on their tremendous talent and pot
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Andrew
Jun 23, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sports
First, if you are not a Mets fan, like me, read no further. This book is strictly for us, particularly for those of us who saw and remember the '86 Mets.

Second,this book will bring back fond and fun memories of that year. Mookie tells his version of that team. His descriptions of the key games were good to read. And his relationship with Bill Buckner is particularly engaging (I need not explain this to people who obeyed Item #1 above).

Third, this book is surprising in a key way. Mookie Wilson
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Buddy
Jun 21, 2015 rated it liked it
I originally got this book because I am a fan of the 85-88 New York Mets. I became a fan of baseball in 1988, and the Mets were my team then and remain my team. Surprisingly, the stories about those seasons were not what made this book interesting to me, as this was the reason I got the book in the first place. What I found most interesting, and what helped me appreciate Mookie and this book was his life after baseball, and his growth in his Christian faith. His account of getting out of basebal ...more
Vincent Schaefer
Jun 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I just received this book for Father's Day. Sat back in the lounge chair and read it in one sitting. First I have to say that I am a life long Met fan. Second, Mookie is my second favorite Met of all time (Behind Cleon Jones for you old timers). So my review is probably higher due to my partiality for Mookie.

The book starts out with the famous game six of the 1986 World Series (Known as the Bill Buckner game). Even though I remember that game so well, Mookie's description took me back and remind
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David Lucander
A good enough book and an important reminder that life is more than a single moment. Both Mookie Wilson and Bill Buckner have had richer lives than the slow roller up the first base line that they are enshrined in baseball memory for. It is almost tragic that he was the first African American ballplayer on his college team all those years after Jackie, and it's worse (but not surprising) how Georgia's home fans treated him. Mookie is a story of family values, lucky breaks, and the importance of ...more
Chris Dean
Feb 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Saw this book at my local dollar store and probably wouldn't have purchased it otherwise. Like many, I was not a fan of the '86 Mets. I'm glad I read this and realized what a man of character Mookie Wilson is. It is possible to hold your standards and have people respect you for that - very positive message. And while Mookie's post-playing days may not have gone the way he hoped, it is clear he is serving a greater good. Good for him and good for anyone who reads his narrative. ...more
Corey Prinz
Aug 26, 2014 rated it it was ok
This is the standard '86 Mets story from Mookie's view. The history is the same, and the stories the same as most already told. Mookie complains a bit more than I would have liked. Nothing truly new learned. No real insight offered. ...more
Larry Lutzak
Apr 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Great read for a Mets' fan and for a fan of baseball! ...more
Ted
10/18/2016 library ebook version, 1980's to current Mets from a insider's perspective, good read ...more
Brian Farrell
May 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Good read for Met devotees.
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Tim Swanson
Provided me insights into the life of a black person in South Carolina in the 1960's and early 1970's. Was less segregated than I had imagined. Mookie was the first black baseball player at the University of South Carolina. I learned that a couple of players I knew growing up were on the 1986 Mets World Championship team or played against them - Tom Niedenfuer (Dodgers) and Doug Sisk (Mets).

I picked this book at the Dollar Store for a buck - found it to be a gem. Mookie stood strong in his Chri
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William Hayward "Mookie" Wilson (born February 9, 1956) is a former Major League Baseball outfielder and coach best remembered as the Met that hit the ground ball that trickled through Bill Buckner's legs in game six of the 1986 World Series.

A switch hitter with excellent speed, his positive attitude and hustle immediately endeared him to a New York Mets fan base with precious few stars to root fo
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