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Crazy '08: How a Cast of Cranks, Rogues, Boneheads, and Magnates Created the Greatest Year in Baseball History Paperback – February 19, 2008
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The book begins with some context, looking at the earlier years of the National League and American League just after the turn of the century. She also looks at the evolution of gloves and bats and the other artifacts of the game. There are glimpses of stadia of the time.
Also nicely done are the character sketches of some key figures from 1908--from Manager John McGraw of the Giants to John Evers and Frank ("Husk" or "The Peerless Leader") Chance of the Cubs to Honus Wagner and so on. The book takes a chronological look at the season thereafter, from opening day through the great replay of the tie game (when Fred Merkle didn't touch second base, leading to a tie score) to a brief afterword on the World Series (not much time spent on it, since it was a blowout, with the Cubs winning their last World Series over the Detroit Tigers).Read more ›
Reviewer: Bob Kellemen, Ph.D., is the author of Beyond the Suffering: Embracing the Legacy of African American Soul Care and Spiritual Direction , Soul Physicians, and Spiritual Friends (and an avid Cubs' fan!).
This is the best baseball book since Jim Bouton's Ball Four in 1970. It's in fact better. Bouton's book was a beautiful bingle. Cait Murphy has hit a grand slam -- no mean feat for 1908.
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Excellent description of not only the famous "Merkle's Boner" but of baseball in general at that time. A wonderful read for true baseball fans.Published 12 days ago by Demetrio DeAngelis
A wonderfully told story of the 1908 season. If you don't know the Fred Merkle story, you need to read this book.Published 15 days ago by Kerry Hotaling
Just a terrific book! It's full of wonderful stories that make all those baseball greats of 1908 come alive. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Thomas J. Collins
Very interesting and informative. Having each player tell in his own words their story is very engaging. That element makes this a very good read.Published 3 months ago by ronald hale
Very good book. If you want to be placed back in time and live the 1908 season all over gain, this is the book. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Robert Garr
Way too many factual errors! Gets bogged down in details that have nothing to do with baseball. If you love this rich era in baseball like I do, stick with the Glory of Their... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Charles D Scanlon
A fantastic recounting of the Cubs' last World Series championship, and of the amazing season that led up to it. A must for any true baseball fan!Published 9 months ago by D. Avery