Ron Swoboda

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Biography

Ron Swoboda played right field for the New York Mets from 1965 to 1970, the Montreal Expos in 1971, and the New York Yankees from 1971 to 1973. Since his playing days he has been a TV sportscaster in New York City, Milwaukee, and New Orleans, where he now provides color commentary for telecasts for the AAA Miami Marlins affiliate club. He lives with his wife Cecilia in New Orleans.

 

 


Schedule

12:30 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.
State Capitol Building, House Committee Room 3
Book Talk
Here’s the Catch: A Memoir of the Miracle Mets and More

1:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.
Barnes & Noble Bookselling Tent
Book Signing


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Here’s the Catch: A Memoir of the Miracle Mets and More

In time for the 50th anniversary of the Mets' miraculous 1969 World Series win, right fielder Ron Swoboda tells the story of that amazing season, the people he played with and against (sometimes at the same time), and what life was like as an Every Man ballplayer.

Ron Swoboda wasn’t the greatest player the Mets ever had, but he made the greatest catch in Met history, saving a game in the 1969 World Series, and his RBI clinched the final game. By Met standards that makes him legend. The Mets even use a steel silhouette of the catch as a backing for the right field entrance sign at Citi Field.

In this smart, funny, insightful memoir, which is as self-deprecating as a lifetime .249 hitter has to be, he tells the story of that magical year nearly game by game, revealing his struggles, his triumphs and what life was like for an every day, Every Man player, even when he was being platooned. He shows what it took to make one of the worst teams in baseball and what it was like to leave one of the best. And when he talks about the guys he played with and against, it’s like you’re sitting next to him on the team bus, drinking Rheingold. Here's the Catch is a book anyone who loves the game will love as much.

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