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Big Hair and Plastic Grass: A Funky Ride Through Baseball and America in the Swinging '70s Paperback – June 5, 2012
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There aren't that many baseball books I can honestly say I enjoy, because an awful lot of them only go as far as things I'd committed to memory by my teens. However, Dan Epstein's Big Hair and Plastic Grass drew me in quickly and held my attention so steadfastly that I finished it in less than three days despite working overtime hours and having a toddler vying for my attention.
The author writes very well and demonstrates a thorough understanding of the events he describes both in their own time and with historical hindsight. Though he mentioned something about being more interested in hairstyles and uniforms that statistics, it's obvious that he's as well-versed in both from reading his descriptions of the players and games themselves, plus the funky, freaky and weird occurences he skillfully highlights throughout the book.
The highest compliment I can honestly pay this book is to say you don't have to be a baseball fan to enjoy it. If you have a sense of humor, curiousity about the bizarre, a longing for the 1970's or just the desire to learn more about a period of tremendous change in American life -- this book is for you. And, if you ARE a baseball fan --whether you lived through the 1970's or not-- this is one you owe it to yourself to pick up. I'm sure glad I did.
A tip of my cartoon bird Orioles cap and pull tab can of Schlitz to you, Dan. Keep up the good work!
Somewhere there is a really good book to be written on this topic. This is not that book.
Big Hair & Plastic Grass is a stone gas from start to finish. Author Dan Epstein breaks down baseball's most transformational (and entertaining) decade year by year, interspersing separate chapters along the way dedicated to garishly colored uniforms, drab concrete multi-use stadiums, Afros that could barely be contained by a baseball cap and other 70s-specific phenomena.
This is not a dry look at the progression of the decade, and for me that's the book's biggest strength; there are other places to turn for a monotoned history of the game. Big Hair & Plastic Grass gives you the personalities that ran wild as Major League Baseball's resistance to the cultural revolutions of the '60s and '70s began to erode. Each of the Year chapters recaps what happened on the field that season, and along the way Epstein brings out details that otherwise would exist only on microfiche (if even there!) to give the full story of the powerhouse teams of the era (A's, Pirates, Reds, Orioles, etc.) as well as the also-rans.
I can't recommend this book enough for anyone from the most die-hard to the most casual baseball fan. It's a wonderfully entertaining read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This literary baseball-oriented view of America's social landscape in the '70s is like following your favorite team through a roller-coaster season that leaves you with a deep... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Buzz Fugazi
Very entertaining book for any lover of baseball, or sports in general. Highly recommend it.Published 6 months ago by THRILLHO
This book is awesome. I'm too young to have been around in the 70s, but Epstein really brought them to life in these pages. A must-buy for any baseball fan!Published 6 months ago by Dan Boyd
A fun and quick read if you love baseball. I enjoyed it very much especially having grown up in the 1970's. Read morePublished 6 months ago by SWENG1966
This has to be the definitive book on 70's baseball ! Captures the sight, sounds,& overall feel of the period. Can't say enough about this book favorite of all time!Published 7 months ago by 661phillyfan
Covers this decade of history with wit and insight. More than a simple recitation of facts.Published 11 months ago by Dr. William Costello
Well, my gosh - who would want to write a book about Bush League baseball? The next thing you know someone will want to write a book about '70s music (cringe), or '70s clothes. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Flying Scot