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Len Dykstra’s Book And Comments On This Excellent Player

June 28, 2016

I do look forward to reading Lenny Dykstra’s new book  “House Of Nails, A Memoir Of Life On The Edge,” as it will detail many of Mr. Dykstra’s exploits off the field. It is receiving much acclaim and will be a sensational read.

Let’s also not forget that Mr. Dykstra gave his all to become a better player, who at times approached and even achieved greatness.

Trust me or those of you that read this know, I do not throw that measure around easily, especially regarding players.

Minimum, Len was an excellent player and a vital cog on two National League Pennant winners and one title team, the 1986 New York Mets.

He approached greatness with the 1993 N.L. Pennant winning Philadelphia Phillies and was an all-time great LCS and World Series performer.

I was working in the ABC broadcast booth when Dykstra connected for a 2 run game winning, home run off pitcher Dave Smith of the Houston Astros in game 3 of the 1986 NLCS.

Two memories/opinions concerning that game.

Moments after the game ended, Mets General Manager, Frank Cashen burst into the ABC booth, ecstatic not only with the victory, but that “his kind of player” Len Dykstra delivered the big hit.

I met Mr. Dykstra once and told him how great and inspirational a player he was and that the game 3 1986 NLCS home run was a treasured memory.

I also told him Astros’ manager Hal Lanier should never have lifted pitcher Charlie Kerfeld for Smith (reasons on file). I think Len, a true baseball thinker and competitor knew I was right. To Dykstra’s credit, he delivered an epic home run, en route to a title.



As stated above, Dykstra was tremendous in NLCS play. Click below to view his tie breaking and eventual game winning home run in game 5 of the 1993 NLCS.

1993 NLCS Gm5: Lenny Dykstra homers to break tie

Click below for information about purchasing this fine book.

House of Nails: A Memoir of Life on the Edge: Lenny Dykstra: 9780062407368: Books


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