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The 1918 season was momentous for the Red Sox. It was played under wartime restrictions; it saw their fifth World Series crown the last to date; and the Bambino began to change from ace pitcher to slugging outfielder. Wood, a Red Sox fan and sportswriter, backtracks to George Herman Ruth's youth as a rebellious urchin who was reoriented to his Hall of Fame career under a mentor at a Baltimore orphanage. Wood proceeds to provide an admiring story of the Red Sox triumph, despite depleted rosters and threats of a government shutdown and players' strike. Sure to attract Boston area libraries and most sports collections elsewhere. Morey Berger, St. Joseph's Hosp. Lib., Tucson, AZ
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.
"A Red Sox tale with a happy ending ... give him a prominent spot on the vast Red Sox bookshelf." -- Boston Phoenix, June 7, 2001
"An entertaining and exhaustive account of a tumultuous season." -- Sports Illustrated, June 11, 2001
"Wood's original research lends urgency to what is sure to become a classic sports book." -- Seven Days, May 30, 2001
"[P]articular emphasis on [Babe] Ruth making the transition from pitcher to slugger and dominating headlines on and off the field." -- Boston Herald, April 6, 2001
Fresh research ... uncovers possible evidence that this World Series ... might have been influenced by gamblers. -- Baseball Weekly, March 21-27, 2001
One of the most important and least known years in baseball history. Wood has done remarkable, revelatory research... -- Robert W. Creamer, author of 'Babe: The Legend Comes to Life'
The possibility that the 1918 series was fixed is certain to inflame New Englanders. -- Publishers Weekly, March 19, 2001