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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 316 pages
  • Publisher: Triumph Books (March 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600785980
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600785986
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.9 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #189,465 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

"Mays, McCovey, Cepeda, and Marichal--Hall of Famers all--couldn't do it. Nor could The Thrill, Matty, and Mitchell. Not even Bonds, Kent, and Nen. No, in 52 seasons in the City by the Bay, the Giants had never won a World Series. And then, suddenly, the 2010 Giants won it...emphatically, against all odds, despite being labeled a band of misfits. What a story! And it's all recounted here, in vivid, behind-the-scenes detail. Every Giants fan must have this book!"

--Jon Miller, Hall of Fame announcer and Giants play-by-play voice


"After being a part of the Giants organization for so many years, it was an honor - and excruciatingly fun -- to watch this team in 2010. I was as happy for them as if I'd won the World Series myself, and there's no better writer to cover this great season than Andy Baggarly. He is one of the few members of the media who is there day in and day out and who truly understands the game of baseball."

--Rich Aurilia, former Giants infielder


"All year long, Andy Baggarly was the must-read beat writer for the 2010 Giants. Now that the 2010 Giants have achieved immortality, Andy has become the must-read author to etch these indelible players and moments into lore. Anecdotes, insights, context, humor, ball knowledge and, yes, goosebumps are the result. In Giants-speak, let's just say Baggs NAILED IT."

--Brian Murphy, host of "Murph and Mac" morning show on KNBR Radio


"There are still millions of Americans wondering how Barry Bonds, Willie McCovey and Juan Marichal could have avoided winning a World Series in San Francisco - but a team that called itself The Misfits did. Well, thank heaven Andy Baggarly came along to explain it all so eloquently in this amazing book. It took a great writer and reporter to unearth the mysteries behind Aubrey Huff's thong, Brian Wilson's beard and this team's magical journey. And reading these riveting tales reminded me again why Andy Baggarly is one of the best baseball writers in America."

--Jayson Stark, ESPN

About the Author

Andrew Baggarly is the Giants beat reporter for the San Jose Mercury News and has covered the team home and away for the past seven seasons. Prior to that, he covered the Dodgers and Angels beats for newspapers in Southern California beginning in 1996. He writes the popular Extra Baggs blog for Bay Area News Group and can be followed on Twitter @extrabaggs. He has covered a four-home run game, a no-hitter, and multiple World Series and All-Star Games. He is a proud Hall of Fame voter and served as an official scorer for the 2007 All-Star Game at AT&T Park. Baggarly, 35, was born in Naperville, Ill., and graduated from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. He lives in Eugene, Ore., during the offseason.

More About the Author

Andrew Baggarly is the Giants beat reporter for Comcast SportsNet Bay Area (previously the San Jose Mercury News) and has covered the team home and away for the past nine seasons. Prior to that, he covered the Dodgers and Angels beats for newspapers in Southern California beginning in 1996. He writes game stories, breaking news, features and Extra Baggs dispatches for CSNBayArea.com and can be followed on Twitter @CSNBaggs. He has covered a four-home run game, a perfect game, a no-hitter, and multiple World Series and All-Star Games. He is a lifetime Hall of Fame voter, a member of the Baseball Writers Association of America and served as an official scorer for the 2007 All-Star Game at AT&T Park. Baggarly, 35, was born in Naperville, Ill., and graduated from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. He lives in Palo Alto. Oh, and his bio wouldn't be complete without these four words: "Three-time Jeopardy! champion."

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It is not hard to read and I truly enjoyed this book.
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2010 was a great year for the fans and A Band of Misfits is a romp through the Giants championship season.
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I bought the book for my husband and ended up reading it first.
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful By giantsmidnightreplay on March 22, 2011
Format: Hardcover
My main apprehension was that this book was going to be a terrific book but one that I had already read. With all the terrific coverage that we as Giants fans get from Andrew Baggary on in his Mercury articles and his blog Extra Baggs, I was wondering if he had any stories, antidotes, or related stories that had yet to be covered. Luckily for the devoted Giants fan there is tons of extra insight into the magical Giants season that was 2010. It almost makes me wonder if every year Baggs holds some stories out just in case they win the big one and he has to write a book. (you better not be!!!) To the average reader it is a perfect introduction to a team in a championship season that rivals very few, "The Bad Guys Won" about the 86 Mets and their inspiring run comes to mind. Anyway, its a terrific book for a Giants fan or for a baseball fan in general. It's such a great story that I would read it even if it was about the Dodgers....... (maybe not)

Anyway for more on Baggarly's amazing writing check out his blog Extra Baggs
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By sixsixty on March 23, 2011
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A handful of anecdotes and episodes from this book will sound familiar to Extra Baggs (the author's blog) readers, however, its true beauty lies not in offering an information dump of who the 2010 World Champions are and what happened, but rather its ability to re-draw the season thematically through personal character story lines which in turn offers the readers a glimpse of what specific moments, certain hardships, the championship and the season itself meant to the players.

Those who know Baggarly's writing will find this book's style and tone familiar. The author always writes with sincerity and transparency in his blog posts and acumen in his articles. In 'Misfits' Baggarly mostly splits the two styles. The tone is less colloquial than his delivered insight from his blog, yet more compassionate than his articles which provides for a compelling narrative.

Any Giants fan will enjoy the book (even if he/she watched every inning of every game in 2010), however, it's written to a thinking fan who appreciates insight, perspective, good writing and a well told story.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Don Nguyen on March 29, 2011
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My main concern when I bought this book was that it would simply be a blow-by-blow recap of the 2010 season. And while I thoroughly enjoyed every torturous inning in 2010, I was really hoping for a lot more than just the usual discussion of Brian Wilson's beard or Aubrey Huff's rally thong. Thankfully, this book goes much deeper than that, and allows the reader to relive the 2010 season from a totally different perspective than the one you typically have as a fan sitting in a seat at AT&T Park. In fact, Chapter 1 starts out on the team plane flying from San Francisco to Denver and you're invited along for the ride. Andrew Baggarly's ability to tell very personal stories lets you see your favorite players in a very different light. Even die hard fans who watch all the post-game interviews and read all the Giants blogs will learn things they never knew before. The 317-page book is a pretty quick read, and I can't recommend it highly enough. How much did I like this book? Well, as Brian Wilson might say, "It was delicious."
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Noah Y Zimmerman on April 9, 2011
Format: Hardcover
The risk of reading these types of books is they end up being a quick rehash of newspaper articles written over the course season. Luckily, that's not the case with "A Band of Misfits." What separates Baggarly from most sportswriters is he not only has a great understanding of the game of baseball but he can actually tell a story. Instead of the usual bland, long-form sportswriting, Baggarly has a good sense of narrative and humor and an up close look at a quirky, dark horse team that left baseball "experts" fumbling for words by winning everything.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Megan Wilson on March 30, 2011
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This is one of the best books that I have read in a long time. As an avid Giants fan, it was like re-living the past season and being able to relate to the players we all know so well. It was great to be able to learn new things about the players we love and the writing of Andrew Baggerly is phenomenal. He is very knowledgeable and the book lays it all out on the table. For those that are just recent SF Giants fans or for those that have been die hard since day one and through all the torture, Andrew helps you go through one of the best seasons in Major League baseball.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Klein on April 8, 2011
Format: Hardcover
If you lived every moment of the Giants 2010 season with all of its ups and downs (and finally a really big up) or if you are just wondering what all the fuss was about, this is a great book for you. My wife who is barely a casual sports fan really enjoyed it and said it was only the second sports book she ever read in her entire life, and she reads a lot. For me it was great to relive moments like the two trips to the mound and recall the good laughs this team gave over the course of the season like Lincecum's reaction to the wolf whistles in Philadelphia. Andy Baggerly is also a good writer who knows how to tell a story with telling detail and vivid language. A base runner wasn't just held at base, he was "staple gunned" there. A team didn't just collapse, they "folded like an oragami class at a senior center". Reading this book is a great way to enjoy the 2010 season all over again with new insight.
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