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Product Details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio; Unabridged edition (January 22, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1427233586
  • ISBN-13: 978-1427233585
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 5.1 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (513 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #738,449 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Narrator Jeff Gurner offers a steady hand throughout a collaboration that has no dull moments…Red Sox fans will enjoy the stories behind some of their team’s greatest years. Cleveland Indians fans will love the wonderful insights into their first-year manager. And Gurner’s narration will help draw in any person interested in what a manager endures – on and off the field”. – AudioFile Magazine


“Even baseball fans who loathe the Boston Red Sox will find it tough to root against former manager Francona… [Gurner’s] reading keeps the narrative moving forward, and Francona’s story is compelling. All in all, a solid effort that should generate strong demand from baseball fans.” – Booklist

About the Author

TERRY FRANCONA was a major league player from 1981 to 1990. After he retired he managed the Philadelphia Phillies for four seasons, and then from 2004 to 2011 he managed the Boston Red Sox to two World Series championships. Currently he is a commentator for ESPN, hosting their Sunday Night Baseball telecast.

DAN SHAUGHNESSY is an award winning columnist for the Boston Globe and the author of twelve sports books, including The Curse of the Bambino, a bestselling classic.

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Customer Reviews

Very well written and enjoyable to read.
John Crowley
I always liked Francona, I always thought he was a good manager and this book did not change either of those impressions.
Darren O'Neill
This is a great book if you love baseball and mandatory reading if you are a Red Sox fan.
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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Geraldine Ahearn TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 22, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Baseball player and manager Terry Francona and columnist Dan Shaughnessy chronicle a colorful portrait of baseball history as they highlight the Boston Red Sox in all its glory, and its falls as well. The reader is taken behind-the-scenes to learn about the Championships, different personalities of the players, and the changes in the sport from a famous era to the modern-day. The authors portray a popular team, the events on-and-off the field, the reputation of the team, and much more. We learn how good the team played, until Francona left, and the reasons why they fell. Francona tells about the highs-and-lows of the game, what it took to manage the team, and the historical events from Championship to collapse. In addition, the authors include stories about losses, wins, and special moments. We also learn how the team lost their way when money became top priority over winning. My dad followed the Boston Red Sox for many years, always speaking about the glory of this team, and all the changes that took place. This presentation on baseball history, along with managing today's games entertains from beginning to end. This intriguing page-turner grabs the reader's attention immediately, and has you hooked to the very end. Interesting, educational, informative, and enjoyable read. Highly recommended!
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52 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Robert Taylor Brewer on January 22, 2013
Format: Hardcover
21st century databases merely verify what baseball fans already knew in 1959: Tito Francona was one hot baseball player. He hit an eye popping .363, swatted 20 homeruns, and had 79 RBI's; good enough for 5th place in the MVP balloting that year. That same year, a son Terry (Little Tito) was born, and now Tito Francona has another feather in his cap. Francona: The Red Sox Years is dedicated to him.

Little Tito turned out to be a pretty good ballplayer himself until he blew out both his knees running into walls and avoiding baseline tags. But the story in this book is more than a Red Sox story. This is a book about baseball culture, the way the business side works, the way baseball relationships are built, nurtured, and how they endure through the years. People in baseball remember things, remember how you perform, remember your attitude. This is also a book about fathers, their sons, and the women who love them, stick with them, and help achieve a meaningful outcome. It's full of quirky quotes - one of the most memorable gets told by Terry Francona himself - about his own mother no less, and on Page 32 (Koufax' number) we get: "She was the perfect mom. She was a saint. I am still trying to figure out how she got pregnant." That's the kind of book this is, iconoclastic, irreverent, but above all, readable.

Dan Shaughnessy tracks down people who knew Terry Francona and knew his father. Tim McCarver weighs in with the intonation of Scripture: "Tito Francona could kill a low pitch"...and "there was nothing executive about the Executive Apartments Terry used to live in.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Linda Dalton VINE VOICE on February 7, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is a book by and about a great role model and example of what a manager of others should be. Fair, understanding, practical, staunch and humble. I'm probably leaving out a bunch of other adjectives but you get the idea.

As a woman who bleeds blue for the Yankees, I also have a deep respect for the Red Sox players and many (not all) of their fans. As I'm certain (though few might admit it) they feel the same about the Yankees. Watching Mr. Francona from the sidelines you knew this man cared deeply about the team and the game, regardless of the color of his jersey.

The stories about Pedroia's "passionate" mother, the friction of front office vs. field, the quiet heartbreak of his own personal struggles, the wallet that sat on a desk to help those who might come up short - these are priceless gems. And there are so many others.

Please put aside whatever annoyance you might feel towards the Red Sox (if you're not already a member of their "nation") and sit back and read about someone who really loves baseball and all that goes with it. An honest man, an outstanding manager.

Good luck with the Indians.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By David Walden on January 30, 2013
Format: Hardcover
The book is not written in the first person by Francona "with" Shaughnessy. Rather it is written in the third person by Schaughnessy. This makes it a better book, I think -- less artificial with a little broader perspective than could have been. Still, the book as written by Shaughnessy is completely focused on Francona -- based on interviews of Francona (and on interviews of other people important to the story), telling Francona's story, and making clear Francona's point of view. I think it is fair to call it "Francona's book" even if he didn't exactly write it. Shaughnessy is excellent at keeping himself out of the book (he is a long time reporter on the Red Sox); thus his Boston Globe article on how he and Francona worked together on the book is a useful adjunct to the book. While a lot of the press about the book has been about Francona exposing the owners focus on money rather than baseball, this is a small part of the whole story in the book, and to me the book seems pretty fair to the owners. As I read the story, Francona was mostly not particularly unhappy with them. He just notes how he got along with them over the years -- until the time of his departure where he makes clear he is still bitter about private things that someone exposed about him and the owners not admitting or finding out who did that. As an avid Red Sox fan, I think the book gets five stars. For someone who does not have as much interest in the Red Sox, I still think Schaughnessy has written a 4 star baseball book. It is well written.
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