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Game 7, 1986

Game 7, 1986

Failure and Triumph in the Biggest Game of My Life

Ron Darling with Daniel Paisner

St. Martin's Press


New York Times Bestseller

Every little kid who's ever taken the mound in Little League dreams of someday getting the ball for Game Seven of the World Series. Ron Darling got to live that dream - only it didn't go exactly as planned. In New York Times bestselling Game 7, 1986, the award-winning baseball analyst looks back at what might have been a signature moment in his career, and reflects on the ways professional athletes must sometimes shoulder a personal disappointment as his team finds a way to win. Published to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the 1986 New York Mets championship season, Darling's book will break down one of baseball's great "forgotten" games - a game that stands as a thrilling, telling and tantalizing exclamation point to one of the best-remember seasons in Major League Baseball history. Working once again with New York Times best-selling collaborator Daniel Paisner, who teamed with the former All-Star pitcher on his acclaimed 2009 memoir Game 7, 1986, Darling offers a book for the thinking baseball fan, a chance to reflect on what it means to compete at the game's highest level, with everything on the line.



Like a lot of former ballplayers’ time in the sun, mine was marked by a moment, a game, a streak, a season. For me, those sun-drenched benchmarks found me as a member...

Praise for Game 7, 1986

"The book ... is a departure from the typical sports narrative. You know—hero overcomes long odds, shines in big moment and the world swoons." —Anthony McCarron, The New York Daily News

"[Ron Darling's] new book is a reminder of the gulf that separates players from fans."—Ian Crouch, The New Yorker

"Ron Darling's new book offers insight into Game 7 of the 1986 World Series" —SB Nation

"What makes this book so interesting is how Darling puts the reader into his head as he stands on the mound in Game 7" —Bob D'Angelo, The Tampa Tribune

"These Mets saw themselves as a team of destiny, brimming with the necessary talent, killer instinct, arrogance, and even a certain selfishness to claw back the game Darling had almost given away. These hard-partying ballplayers proved, in Darling’s words, 'too young, too full of ourselves' to be great for more than one season, wasting their gifts and a very real chance at a dynasty. But in ’86, they were magic....Mets fans in particular will enjoy this wholly unique perspective on one of their fondest memories." —Kirkus Reviews

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Ron Darling with Daniel Paisner

Ron Darling is the New York Times bestselling author of Game 7, 1986 and The Complete Game as well as an Emmy Award-winning baseball analyst for TBS, the MLB Network, SNY, and WPIX-TV. He was a starting pitcher for the New York Mets from 1983 to 1991 and the first Mets pitcher to be awarded a Gold Glove.

Daniel Paisner has collaborated with dozens of athletes and public figures on their autobiographies and memoirs, including I Feel Like Going On, with NFL great Ray Lewis; and, Chasing Perfect, with Hall of Fame basketball coach Bob Hurley.

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