Review of “Kings of Queens”

While several of the players on that team have written books or had books written about them, this one is a little different in that many players (and the widow of the late Gary Carter) were very open with the author to share their current adventures and memories of that season.

These players were very

open in their stories and opinions with Sherman and he wrote these in a breezy

and conversational manner that readers will enjoy.

I wish to thank Berkley

Press for providing a copy of the book through NetGalley in exchange for an

honest review.

. It feels like the reader is

sitting in on the conversation – whether it is Darryl Strawberry talking about

his ministry, Lenny Dykstra telling the reader about being the most hated

player in baseball in his entertaining style or Danny Heep quietly becoming a

very successful college baseball coach.  Here is my review of “Kings of Queens.” 

“Kings of Queens: Life

Beyond Baseball with the ’86 Mets” by Erik Sherman

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Whether the reader

wants to find out if the players from that team are succeeding now, what their

favorite memories are of the 1986 season or just enjoy an easy and entertaining

book, this is one that baseball fans – especially Mets fans – will want to add

to the library.   

The 1986 season was a

magical one for the New York Mets. For example, a reader will learn not only that Kevin

Mitchell believed he was traded from the Mets because he was allegedly a bad

influence on the star players but also that the team doesn’t invite him back

for any special events or celebrations. Erik Sherman interviewed fourteen of the

players on that team and also the widow of catcher Gary Carter, took the

information and put it all together in this entertaining book on the lives of

these players since that special year.

These are not the typical “where are they now” accounts of these players as

they share with Sherman not only what they are doing now, but also memories of

the season and the team. The team not only won the World Series that

season, they also captured the heart of New York and many fans still have fond

memories of the players on that team. It came together in an excellent book.

4 ½ of 5 stars (excellent)

Happy Leap Day!  Given an extra day for the year, I took advantage and read a book on one of the most beloved teams in New York, the 1986 New York Mets

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