Summers at Shea, Pt. IV – Riding in Cars with Ron Darling

By Sam Maxwell

This is the final part of a 4-part series documenting a Q&A with Summers at Shea author Ira Berkow. For the 1st part regarding Tom Seaver and his overcoat, and Casey Stengel, click here, for the 2nd part regarding the ’69 Mets, click here, and for the 3rd part regarding Yogi Berra, click here. And make sure you sign up for the Bergino Baseball Clubhouse event mailing list here, and visit the clubhouse for the Swingin’ ’73 event tonight at 7PM. And if you missed the Rising Apple Report with Jay, click here.

On Thursday, March 14, I traveled down to Jay Goldberg’s Bergino Baseball Clubhouse on 11th Street off of Broadway in Manhattan.

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 the conclusion, Ira details his journey with Ron Darling as they drove out to Shea for Game 7 of the ’86 series. He also briefly tells a funny Michael Jordan tale before yielding to Metsian questions from the audience.

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