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  • Paperback: 203 pages
  • Publisher: Univ of Massachusetts Pr (April 30, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1558494871
  • ISBN-13: 978-1558494879
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 6.2 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,177,184 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Was 1924 really the greatest season? In a well-argued account, Browning cites as evidence the close races in both leagues and Walter Johnson's seventh-game World Series win for Washington over the Giants.... Browning weaves an appealing story, alternating his narrative chapters with ones about baseball's players, business dealings, and other sidelights."-Library Journal; "Browning is a graceful and vigorous writer who has the ability to take you back to the games themselves in a startlingly immediate way.... Other writers have focused on individual seasons to good effect. No one has done it better than Browning does here."-Ronald Story, editor of Sports in Massachusetts: Historical Essays; "Every baseball fan has favorite year.... Browning, whose previous book was a readable life of Cy Young, says 1924 was a year of giants, the year that Rogers Hornsby hit.424 and Babe Ruth tore up the league with his hitting. Ty Cobb, Tris Speaker, Eddie Collins, and George Sisler were still at the top of their games, and Walter Johnson came back with a wonderful season and a dramatic appearance in the last game of the World Series.... Browning is not a sportswriter but he is a historian with a flair for detail. He knows the game and why its fans love it so."-Mansfield News Journal; "Baseball's Greatest Season, 1924 captures the mounting drama of this memorable season while placing the story in a broader context. [Browning] discusses how baseball operated as a business then, who the players were, what fans and parks were like and how the game was played."-SABR Bookshelf"

About the Author

Reed Browning is professor of history and former provost at Kenyon College. He is author of Cy Young: A Baseball Life as well as several books on European history.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Craig Connell on October 31, 2008
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Basically, this was somewhat of a boring read, and that's coming from a guy (me) who loves baseball history from 70-125 years ago and is a huge admirer of Walter Johnson.

The Johnson-led Washington Nationals shocked the baseball world in 1924 by winning the pennant and then the World Series, but author Reed Browning's account of it is too dry. He goes almost day-by-day with accounts of games with nothing bnt scores of each game and statistical highlights. Where are the colorful stories of that season? Where's the spark in this account? It isn't there; just a bunch of statistics in written form, mainly.

I did appreciate the "why" behind the statement that 1924 was a better year than 1908. It leads to some honest debate over which year offered the most when it comes to baseball history, and I enjoyed reading how our nation's capital went bonkers over their team......something very rare in the annuals of MLB. The chapters NOT dealing with the 1924 season were actually the best.

Don't get me wrong: it's not a bad book, but it isn't half as interesting as other books about the great old days of baseball and the exploits of its unique characters.
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