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Crowning the Kansas City Royals: Remembering the 1985 World Series Champs Hardcover – March 1, 2005


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Sports Publishing LLC; 20th Anniversary ed. edition (March 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582618267
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582618265
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,786,836 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jeffrey Spivak came to Kansas City in 1985 and never forgot what it was like that fall. He now writes about high-profile civic organizations and building projects, including sports facilities, for The Kansas City Star. He has won numerous journalism awards and was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for co-writing "Divided We Sprawl," about suburban sprawl in the Kansas City region. He also is author of Union Station Kansas City about the life, death, and rebirth of Kansas City’s beloved landmark building. Spivak received a journalism degree from Northwestern University and earned a master's in business administration from the University of Kansas. He lives in Leawood, Kansas, with his wife Ann and children Meghan, David, and Mick.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tom on March 22, 2005
Format: Hardcover
As a faithfull and lifetime Royals fan, this book is amazing. The stories and memories of that faithfull series are brought back very vividly. The author does a very good job of re-creating the suspensefull moments of one of the most exciting times in Kansas City History
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Darrel Drumm on December 12, 2007
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If you're a Royals fan (like I am), if you can remember the disappointments of 1976, 1977, 1978, 1980, 1981 and 1984 (like I can), if you were on top of the world when the Royals won it all (like I was), this is a book to buy. It is chock full of memories of the 1985 Series, with little interesting facts thrown in about various player's lives after the Series, (where have you gone Buddy Biancalana is answered among others), and neat insights into the running of the Royals that year. "The Call" warrants a chapter of it's own, as does a member of neither team, Don Denkinger.

The only reason I didn't give this book a "5" is that the writing of the book itself is only average, even for a sports book. It doesn't come up to the level of some of the great true-sports authors of our time such as Halberstein.

If you are a true-blue Royals fan, you need this book. If you aren't, it is still a nice story of a team that came together at the right time to win the World Series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Scooter Loves Baseball on April 13, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I am a lifelong Royals fan and like many Kansas Citians, I have vivid memories of the games that year. However, I have very limited information about what this series meant at the time to the actual players. This book transcends the box scores and recaps to provide true insights to the thoughts and emotions of the players and the fans. The importance of this series to this team and city is epitomized by the graphic descriptions of players' mental impressions surrounding the key plays in that series. This series was the greatest sporting event in this city's history and this book is a wonderful way to relive the splendor.
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