New Books on the History Shelf

On October 28, 1986, after winning one of the most thrilling World Series in history, the New York Mets were feted by more than two million fans with a parade through the city. In news accounts of event, there was a small aside, as this one in the New York Times:  "Notable in his absence was the pitcher Dwight Gooden, who Mets officials later said had overslept." No, the Mets' phenom had not slept too late. He had not slept at all, in fact. For Gooden, his postgame champagne celebration kicked off a cocaine binge that took him to a club in Long Island and wound up with him, wired, watching his teammates roll through the streets as he sat with strangers in a public housing project.

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