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Mets Yearbook: 1962

After re-editing the 1985 highlight video in such a manner to reignite the whole Roe v. Wade controversy (because it was such an abortion), SNY tries to make it up to us by presenting Mets Yearbook: 1962. It debuts Thursday night at 8:00 and reairs at 10:00, in concert with the channel’s 50 Greatest Mets show (which is on at 7:00 and 9:00).

Assuming there is no musical licensing they’re trying to work their way around, this journey to the Mets’ origins figures to be a trip worth taking. Hell, it’s a big enough deal to have caught the notice of Ken Belson in the New York Times, who advises, ” To Mets fans who bleed Orange and Blue, the video [...] is a precious time capsule. Filmed before the Mets had played an exhibition game, the Mets were still undefeated and fans could dream that George Weiss, the team’s stuffy president, had a plan to produce a contender.”

If that isn’t Metnip, I don’t know what is.

Also encouraging from Belson is the word from SNY that the remaining holes in its promised 1962-1988 Mets Yearbook library will be filled his year, albeit with one glaring exception. We will see the films from 1964, 1974, 1983 and 1987. No mention was made of 1986, but honestly, that’s sort of OK with me, since A Year to Remember, like 1985’s No Surrender, is chockful of MTV-style musical montages set to recognizable songs. They so shredded and sullied  the 1985 version with inexpensive generic production music that I don’t want to see 1986 watered down. Give me “Like A Rock” or give me dearth, you might say.

Oh, and Citi Field’s hosting of the 2013 All-Star Game is finally going to be announced as official Wednesday, according to Ken Davidoff in the Post. That’s nice, too. But Mets Yearbook: 1962 is truly stellar news.

Image courtesy of kcmets.com.

14 comments to Mets Yearbook: 1962

  • March'62

    Is it possible for those of us (or is it just me?) that don’t have (cough, cough) cable TV to watch these yearbook shows? Or is it only available for all of you well-to-dos to watch?

  • Inside Pitcher

    DVR is set – thanks Greg!

  • Patrick O'Hern

    Always think of the 86 video when I hear “You Belong to the City” , “Like A Rock” and that Emerson Lake and Palmer song on the radio. And the replay of Mookie getting hit in the eye with a throw in a run down during spring training. What always stood out was that Gary Carter was miked and still didn’t swear. “ohh Watch it!! Gosh Darnet Mookie… Are you all right?”

  • Gary Dunaier

    Speaking of “Mets Yearbook: 1962,” I wish the Mets would reprint the 1962 yearbook and 1962 program and either give them away as promotional items or sell them at the ballpark. There’s precedent for both (they reprinted the ’69 yearbook and gave ‘em away in ’89, and they reprinted the ’69 World Series program and sold them in ’94).

  • Ken K. in NJ

    Wait, I just did the math. That’s 50 Mets in 60 minutes?? That’s like 1 minute per Met, with commercials. You guys could do 60 minutes (without commercials, just useful links) on Wayne Garrett (who I hope makes the list) alone.

  • Joe D.

    MLB has printed reproductions of many yearbooks, among them the 62 Mets and Colt 45s.

    The only drawback is the last I saw, the price was $20 a shot. Fortunately, I have my original yearbooks from 62 through 75, though some of the older ones, though in plastic folders, have the covers preserved but off the binding.

    No matter. This original new breeder already had his DVR set to collect the 62 yearbook. As a guess, besides the general focus on individual players, I think the film will cover the return of the Giants and Dodgers (including the triple play the Mets pulled in the 2nd game of that Memorial Day doubleheader), Al Jackson’s one-hitter, the walk off home runs that won both ends of a twin bill against Milwaukee, Jay Hook’s first win, the season and home openers, the parade welcoming the Mets to the City, info on “Flushing Meadows Stadium” and Richie Ashburn being the first Met All Star selection.

    • Gary Dunaier

      If you’re talking about the reprints offered for sale on Ebay, I doubt those are officially licensed reproductions. Some of these reprints are in black and white (regardless of whether or not there was color in the originals) and spiral bound.

  • $20 for some of those old yearbooks isn’t a bad deal. Hmmm…..

  • Joe D.

    No, these were reprinted through the Cooperstown collection and authorized by MLB.

    I went to the link and only found a few instead of the whole collection in the past but this might be an indication of a website problem more than them being discontinued. I certaily hope not.

    They had some beauts and I’ll try and see if I can find some more information on their availability.

    • Will in Central NJ

      Cooperstown Collection? Having knowingly and willingly purchased bootlegged CDs of my favorite classic rock bands in the past: gorgeous graphics, glossy paper, and a legitimate trademark or manufacturer’s label on the product is not necessarily an indicator of legitimacy. Remember, everyone’s got PhotoShop and scanners now.

      But, having said that, I’ll echo Jason: Hmmmmm…