After the Miracle – Talk and Book Signing with Art Shamsky
Meet ’69 Miracle Mets player Art Shamsky on Tuesday, April 8, 2019, at 7:00 pm at the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City for an evening talk and signing of his new book After the Miracle.
This event is FREE but reservations are required. Please call Reservations (Mon-Fri, 10-4) at (516) 572-4066 to save your spot! There will also be an exclusive Museum Member Meet & Greet from 6:00-7:00 pm – please have your member number ready when calling.
About the Book
After the Miracle: The Lasting Brotherhood of the ’69 Mets is the inside account of an iconic team in baseball history: the 1969 New York Mets—a consistently last-place team that turned it all around in just one season—told by ’69 Mets outfielder Art Shamsky, Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Seaver, and other teammates as they reminisce about what happened then and where they are today.
About Art Shamsky
Art Shamsky was a professional baseball player for 13 years. He was a major part of the ‘1969’ Miracle Mets that won the World Championship defeating the Baltimore Orioles. Art’s bat is in the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY for hitting four consecutive home runs in four at-bats while playing for the Cincinnati Reds before being traded to the Mets.
Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Art was a professional baseball player for thirteen years starting his illustrious career with the Cincinnati Reds in 1960. He was traded to the New York Mets in the winter of 1967 and was a major part of the ‘Miracle Mets’ that won the 1969 World Championship defeating the Baltimore Orioles. During the championship season, Art batted .300 and led the Mets in the National League Playoffs batting .537 vs. the Atlanta Braves with seven hits in thirteen at-bats. The popularity of the 1969 Mets is everlasting and Art maintains, “There isn’t a day that goes by that someone doesn’t want to talk to me about the 1969 Mets.” In addition to being part of that incredible New York Met team, Art also had another distinction to add to his baseball career. In 1966, while a member of the Cincinnati Reds, he tied a Major League record by hitting four consecutive home runs in four at-bats over two games. He is the only player in Major League history to hit three home runs in a game who was not in the starting lineup when the game began. Also, two of the three home runs came in extra innings. The fourth home run was hit as a pinch-hitter in the following game. The bat used to accomplish this special feat is currently on display in Baseball’s Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.
Since his retirement from baseball, Art has maintained his visibility in New York City working in different endeavors. He has been an entrepreneur in various businesses, including owning a number of restaurants and real estate projects. He has also worked as an on-camera sports broadcaster at WNEW-TV Channel 5 in New York City, ESPN Television, and a broadcaster for The New York Mets, doing play-by-play and color commentary on radio and television. In addition, Art hosted a talk show on WFAN Sports Radio and has written feature articles for newspapers and magazines.