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Miracle Men: Hershiser, Gibson, and the Improbable 1988 Dodgers Hardcover – May 1, 2013
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The sub-title of this book is "Hershiser, Gibson, and the Improbable 1988 Dodgers"... and "The Bulldog" and Gibby"... are rightfully... and truly... highlighted. From Hershiser's record-setting *FIFTY-NINE-CONSECUTIVE-SCORELESS-INNING-STREAK* which broke Hall-of-Fame Dodger great... and coincidentally... one of their announcers... during this historical year.... "Big D"... Don Drysdale's... Major League record... to Kirk Gibson's... emotionally... and historically... reverberating... World Series game one winning... pinch hit homerun... that has been selected as one of the ten greatest moments in baseball history... by many historians and publications. Along the way "The Bulldog" Hershiser won the **CY YOUNG AWARD... THE WORLD SERIES RING... THE NATIONAL LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES MVP... THE WORLD SERIES MVP... and the much heralded... SPORT ILLUSTRATED SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR AWARD. Gibson in addition to his "one-for-the-ages" World Series pinch hit game winning homerun... also won the regular season National League MVP award... and he rightfully won it for not only what he did on the field... but what he did in the clubhouse... and on the practice field.Read more ›
"High fly ball into right field. She is gone!"
"In a year that has been so improbable, the impossible has happened."
I was only three years old that amazing night; the night Kirk Gibson made baseball history. Which means I was only three years old the last time the Dodgers won (or even appeared in) the World Series.
Watching the video, I have relived that moment over and over again. Sometimes I even close my eyes just so I can hear Vin Scully's golden voice with the roar of crowd in the background.
Obviously as a Dodger fan that moment holds a lot of value, but I think any baseball fan gets goose bumps watching Gibson take Eckersley deep to right to take Game 1.
Miracle Men is a fantastic summary of the 1988 Dodger season. Suchon does a great job describing the energy and focus of Gibson, the stability of Hershiser, and the ingenuity (or luck depending on how you see it) of general manager Fred Claire.
I wish more baseball books were written like this. Suchon does not try to throw in some literary themes or show us how the Dodgers changed the culture of Los Angeles. He gives us the facts and the story. He talks about the men on the field, the men in the dugout, and the men in the clubhouse.
I know the author did his job when I know the ending yet every page keeps me in suspense.
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A well done,and well written on a year that has not happened in 25 years,goes very
deeply into how everything clicked so well,and how a team can over achieve at just
the... Read more
look fwd to reading the story behind the season
the pictures of kurt hitting the home run is a true ense of relief and surprize
The author skillfully weaves the story of key games during the 1988 season with Hershiser's scoreless-inning streak, all climaxing with the post-season. Read morePublished on July 11, 2013 by Grandpa