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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.

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Rust Never Sleeps

While sitting here hopng the J-E-T-S will B-E-A-T the Chargers (and coming up with reasons to dislike the City of San Diego…stupid zoo), I’ve been kindly sent a link to a segment of vintage Art Rust, Jr. from 1981, at the beginning of his tenure on WABC. It’s a Spring Training show during which Art — whom we lost this week — forecasts unseasonably blue skies for the rapidly improving the Mets. Lots of guys who can “hit the rock,” a big comeback by “Swannie” and so much more.

Listen to this if you were a fan of New York’s only nightly sports talk fix from that era. Listen to this, too, if you missed him entirely. We were six years from WFAN, and he sounds nothing like WFAN. It doesn’t even sound that much like 1981 (which sources inform me was almost thirty years ago), but that was part of Art’s charm.

And look out for Joel Youngblood at the hot corner this year.

AUDIO HERE: Art Rust, Jr. on WABC

3 comments to Rust Never Sleeps

  • NostraDennis

    Art Rust, Jr. still owes me ten bucks. Aw, heck, he can keep it.

  • Andee

    Art’s WMCA show was the first one I ever called. I was 14. He was a perfect gentleman, didn’t even make fun of me for being a girl. He was so far away from the pit-scratching sports jocks of today it’s not even funny, and I’m not a nostalgic person in general. RIP Art.

  • Thanks so much for sharing that air check of Art Rust Jr.. Not only did he know his baseball, he told great stories about Jazz and boxing. I still listen to old tapes of him filling in at WFAN, good stuff!!