Monthly Meetings

Miracle Mets’ Shamsky Is Speaker at POC, Hackensack, Nov. 17

Art Shamsky, hero of the 1969 Miracle Mets, will speak at our Nov. 17 luncheon at Port o' Call (POS) in Hackensack, thanks to our resident baseball guru and author Dan Schlossberg. Meeting starts at noon. The cost is $25 at this Las Vegas-style buffet of seafood, sushi and steak. The GSJA will provide wine and we’ll have a private room. The four-star restaurant is at 450 Hackensack Avenue, Hackensack and its telephone number is 201-488-0888. Shamsky will have copies of his recent book for sale and signing.

Art was a professional baseball player for 13 years, starting his career with the 1960 Cincinnati Reds. Traded to the Mets in the winter of 1967, he was an integral part of the ‘Miracle Mets’ team that won the 1969 World Championship over the Baltimore Orioles.

During that championship season, Art hit .300 in the regular season and .538 (7-for-13) against the Braves in the first National League Championship Series. The popularity of the '69 Mets, who will mark their 50th anniversary next year, could last forever, he says. “There isn’t a day that goes by that someone doesn’t want to talk to me about the 1969 Mets,” Art says.

An outfielder-first baseman who batted lefthanded, Art also had another distinction: in 1966, while with the 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. Two of the three home runs came in extra innings, while the fourth home run was hit as a pinch-hitter in the following game. The bat used to accomplish that feat is on display in the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY.

Since his retirement from baseball, Art has been an entrepreneur in various businesses, 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 as a broadcaster for the Mets, doing play-by-play and color commentary on radio and television. In addition, Art hosted a talk show on WFAN Sports Talk Radio and has written feature articles for newspapers and magazines.

Art is the author of “The Magnificent Seasons,”a book about the New York Jets, New York Mets, and the New York Knicks, all winning championships, ironically all for the first time in their history, in the period 1969-1970. The book not only follows the exploits of the three teams, but the effect they all had on the people of New York City and the country at a time of turmoil.

Art has been featured on the cover of Bazaar Magazine and appeared on the popular television sit-com Everyone Loves Raymond. In the series, one of the main characters is an Art Shamsky fan who names his dog “Shamsky.”

In the summer of 2007, Art managed the Modiin Miracle, one of the six teams in the new professional Israel Baseball League, a history-making endeavor. In 2012, he was named Ambassador for Baseball by the Israel Association of Baseball. In that role, he helped Israel’s effort to be part of The World Baseball Classic and also helped in the development of baseball/softball in Israel.

His website features collectible items and describes his newest venture in mentoring and consultation for youngsters. Art continues to make personal appearances and speaking engagements and is currently working on another book to be published in 2019 on the 50th Anniversary of the Miracle Mets.

POC restaurant has sushi and sashimi, carving stations, raw bar, hot entrees, desserts and cakes and much more. We’re in for a good time. The restaurant is on Hackensack Avenue, off Route 4. Check your GPS.

Our Holiday Party Set For Sunday, Dec. 16

We will have our annual Holiday Party on a Sunday, Dec. 16, At 1:30 p.m. (Note the time and day change) at Cinar, 214 Kinderkamack Road, Emerson, in Bergen County. We will have the same popular entertainers we had last year. Cinar is famous for its new Turkish fusion cuisine. More details in next month’s newsletter.

We’ll be meeting: January 26 at a venue to be determined

February 23, at a venue to be determined

March 23, at a venue to be determined

April 27, at a venue to be determined

May 22, a Wednesday night, our Annual Awards program, at Don Pepe’s, Newark.

The first four months of 2019 have holidays on the third Weekend (Martin Luther King, Presidents’ Day, St. Patrick’s Day and Easter), so we are moving our luncheon dates back a week.