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Summers at Shea: Ira Berkow’s New Book About the Mets, Pt. II

By Sam Maxwell

This is the 2nd Part of a 4-part series documenting a Q&A with Summers at Shea author Ira Berkow. For the 1st part, click here.

On Thursday, March 14, I traveled down to Jay Goldberg’s Bergino Baseball Clubhouse on 11th Street off of Broadway in Manhattan. If you have never been down to heaven on 11th Street, I’ve written about it here and here.

The Clubhouse had a very special guest on this evening. Ira Berkow, the Pulitzer-Prize winning New York Times Columnist whose books include Rockin’ Steady: A Guide to Basketball and Cool and The Gospel According to Caseyhas recently released Summers at Shea: Tom Seaver Loses his Overcoat and Other Mets Stories.

In this part, Ira discusses the column he used to write with a prominent athlete every week (including Tom Seaver), his relationship with Tom, the 1969 Mets and his best “Gil Hodges” Story (with some Frank Robinson profanity…)

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