Author Remembers NY Mets’ Early Years in Memoir

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Dan Reilly, the first Mr. Met, offers readers a firsthand look into one of baseball’s firsts

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To coincide with the New York Mets’ 50-year-birthday (1962-2012), author and original mascot Dan Reilly begins a new marketing push for his 2007 book “The Original Mr. Met Remembers: When the Miracle Began”.

To coincide with the New York Mets’ 50-year-birthday (1962-2012), author and original mascot Dan Reilly begins a new marketing push for his 2007 book “The Original Mr. Met Remembers: When the Miracle Began” (published by iUniverse).

In 1964, Reilly landed the dream job of every New York Mets fan. Pulled from his humble position in Shea Stadium's ticket office to become the Mets' mascot – and Major League Baseball's first official mascot – Reilly donned the baseball-shaped, papier-mâché head of Mr. Met and began a career rubbing elbows with some of the game's most illustrious players.

An excerpt from “The Original Mr. Met Remembers”:

“I was a wide-eyed young employee in the ticket department when Jim and Tom pulled me from the ranks to be the team’s mascot. I was as thrilled as a rookie being called up to the major leagues. I still remember that day in May 1964 when I first put on a Mets uniform and the Mr. Met head – made of papier-mâché and shaped like a huge baseball – and roamed the stands at Shea Stadium. Kids loved me and wanted to touch my baseball head or have their picture taken with me. I didn’t realize it then, but I was making history by starting a mascot craze that would sweep through professional baseball.”

“The Original Mr. Met Remembers” is packed with never-before-told anecdotes, detailed team history, and intimate glimpses of players on and off the field. With a cast of characters that include the inimitable Casey Stengel, the bumbling Marv Throneberry, and Hall of Famer Richie Ashburn, Reilly delivers a rollicking ride from the Mets' celebrated first season in 1962 to their unexpected and thrilling 1969 World Series victory.

About the Author
A native of New York, Dan Reilly joined the Mets organization in 1964 in the ticket department and made his first appearance as Mr. Met in May of that year. He remained with the Mets for nine years. Reilly is retired and lives in Manhattan. He is considering a sequel to the original book.

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