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Starred Review. It's been almost a century since the loopy shenanigans of 1908 that produced what Fortune magazine editor Cait Murphy calls "the year that baseball comes of age," but the resultant drama has hardly faded with time. Although baseball books tend to sag with nostalgia, Murphy's wisecracking yarn digs right into the era's brawling, vivid ugliness with little regard for such niceties, and is all the better for it. Her book is so rife with corruption, greed, stupidity and downright weirdness that it makes today's sport of sanctimony and clean behavior look positively sleepy in comparison. This isn't surprising, given that 1908 was not just the last year that the shockingly victorious Chicago Cubs made it to the World Series, but also the year when a game would be called a tie through sheer Rashomon-like confusion and when a game day riot would take the lives of two people. The titanic matches between the rival Cubs and New York Giants are thrilling enough, but what really makes Murphy's book an addictive pleasure is the joy the author takes in the colorful asides where she fills in the chaotic blanks of an America discovering not just the joy of its national pastime but its very character. (Mar.)
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*Starred Review* Fans knew they were seeing the end of a marvelous season when they watched the Cubs claim the National League pennant by defeating the New York Giants on October 8, 1908. But with the advantage of historical perspective, Murphy recognizes that the '08 fans actually witnessed baseball's decisive turn toward modernity. In a tale peopled with colorful characters--including the regal Christy Mathewson and the boozy Hal Chase--Murphy unfolds the formative events of this frenetic year. Readers will relish the infamous "Merkle game"--a game apparently won by the Giants, but later declared a tie because of a base-running blunder. Almost as riveting is the season-ending replay of the controversial tie, a replay that so aroused fans that some snuck into the game through the sewers, and many stayed to assault the victorious visitors. A writer of exceptional verve when recounting the heroics of the diamond, Murphy evinces a shrewd intelligence when scanning the cultural forces remaking the world beyond the ballpark. She unravels the malign dynamics behind Ty Cobb's violence against blacks, and she limns the parallels between early-twentieth-century anxieties about immigrant anarchists and twenty-first-century fears of foreign terrorists. A book that will long claim the attention of serious sports enthusiasts. Bryce Christensen
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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 1 month 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 4 months ago by D. Avery
fascinating history of basecall in that era. i enjoyed most the glimpses of how baseball must have been even prior to that with no gloves, all the errors etc. Read morePublished 5 months ago by douglas m mueller
I had a fun time reading this, I got onto the season asmuch as any other season. I found som old family legacy.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
The material is fascinating, the research is good, and anyone who enjoys baseball history or, indeed, social history of this time period will benefit from reading "Crazy... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Mark Harris
if you like baseball history, a hundred years ago, you will find this book well written with some interesting facts and and stories.Published 12 months ago by ed charette
Except for a really strange tic about which very tenses to use, this is a great book. It covers the 1908 baseball season, both the excitement on the field in two classic pennant... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Avid Reader
My Husband reads this all the time. Originally got it from the library, but had to buy a copy.Published 13 months ago by Lilly