It is unarguably the most important home run in the history of New York City baseball, and perhaps the most defining moment in the sport itself.
In his new, best-selling book, The Twenty Greatest Moments in New York Sports History: Our Generation of Memories from 1960 to Today, award winning television sports journalist, producer Todd Ehrlich takes us behind the scenes at Shea Stadium on September 21, 2001. With the city reeling from the September 11 attacks, the Mets – adorned with FDNY and NYPD caps, and boldly defying MLB orders in doing such - take the field to bring the city back to some semblance of normality.
In the 8th inning, with the Mets down 2-1 to their nemesis Atlanta Braves, Piazza strokes the home run that helped start the healing.
The Twenty Greatest Moments in New York Sports History: Our Generation of Memories from 1960 to Today, by Todd Ehrlich with Gary Myers, is out now on Sports Publishing.