ANNIVERSARY PUBLICITY: 2019 will mark the 50th anniversary of the Miracle Mets and a season-long deluge of publicity this book can tie into. Plus, Coffey talked to virtually every living Met from the championship team—as a result, They Said It Couldn’t Be Done will be a narrative with remarkably intimate, play-by-play details.
BRILLIANT STORYTELLER: As Coffey’s New York Times-bestselling past can attest, he is one of the best narrative sports writers today. The Boys of Winter stands out as a sports classic, and he is regularly asked by prominent athletes—R. A. Dickey, Carli Lloyd, and Mariano Rivera—to cowrite their books.
CLASSIC NEW YORK STORY: There’s nothing better than a New York underdog story, and Coffey delivers in spades. Like Ladies and Gentlemen, the Bronx Is Burning, They Said It Couldn’t Be Done captures New York City’s heartbeat as a working-class city in all its glory.
“A masterpiece.”—Gary Cohen, Emmy Award-winning Mets broadcaster for SportsNet New York
“I would read Wayne Coffey writing about hardwood floors. So for someone who was a diehard Mets fan in 1969, I knew They Said It Couldn’t Be Done was a book I couldn’t miss. Like The Boys of Winter, his brilliant book about the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team, this is a fantastic piece of work. Please buy it, and enjoy every page, as I did.”—Tim Layden, Sports Illustrated Senior Writer and NBC Sports Essayist
“They Said It Couldn’t Be Done brilliantly brings an iconic baseball season to life, providing fresh insight into big names such as Gil Hodges and Tom Seaver as well as to some of the lesser-known players in that epic summer, such as Al Weis and J.C. Martin. The book is a must-read for not just for Mets fans, but all baseball fans who will appreciate what indeed was the most astounding season in baseball history.”—Ken Rosenthal, two-time Sports Emmy winner for Outstanding Sports Reporter
“In 1969, while much of the world was transfixed by Neil Armstrong’s ’one small step,’ Queens was experiencing its own giant leap—a leap of faith with its baseball orange-and-blue. Wayne Coffey has always had his finger on the pulse of New York City and its sports, and his take on the 1969 Mets proves it. If you want to know what it was like to live and witness a baseball miracle in tumultuous times, this book is for you.”—Ron Darling, former New York Mets all-star and bestselling author of Game 7, 1986
“Having lived through the Mets’ 1969 World Championship in real time and re-lived it for fifty years, I thought I knew all I needed to know about my boyhood heroes, but in They Said it Couldn’t be Done Wayne Coffey has unearthed some fresh gems; most poignantly those involving the personal backgrounds of many of that wonderful team’s players. Wayne has done a marvelous job of allowing us to relive that epochal event through a fresh prism. This is simply a great read.”—Howie Rose, New York Mets broadcaster
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