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Faith and Fear in Flushing made its debut on Feb. 16, 2005, the brainchild of two longtime friends and lifelong Met fans.

Greg Prince discovered the Mets when he was 6, during the magical summer of 1969. He is a Long Island-based writer, editor and communications consultant. Contact him here.

Jason Fry is a Brooklyn writer whose first memories include his mom leaping up and down cheering for Rusty Staub. Check out his other writing here.

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Mel Forgive Me

Mel Ott hit more home runs in the City of New York than any Major Leaguer in history. He slugged 511 homers in a Hall of Fame career that spanned 22 seasons, all as a New York Giant, all as a National Leaguer. The N.L. honors him to this day by bestowing on the senior circuit’s circuit clout leader the Mel Ott Award. You never hear about it, but as I delightedly discovered at FanFest in July, it really and truly exists.

Saturday night in the City of New York I witnessed David Newhan hit off John Maine his fifth National League home run ever. Having dolefully watched David Newhan display almost no power and, for that matter, almost no skills in his one season as a New York Met in 2007, I feel I have somehow let down the memory of Master Melvin.

2 comments to Mel Forgive Me

  • Anonymous

    A forgotten slugger that played in a forgotten ball park for a forgotten team..These are truly the saddest of possible words..
    Any fascination with this man or the Giants of NY, must lead to Fred Steins wonderful little biography on him..
    Hope you are well Greg.

  • Anonymous

    Mr. Stein's work doubly endorsed.