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About the Author

Josh Suchon was the co-host of "Post Game Dodger Talk" on 790 KABC-AM, and the reporter on the "Los Angeles Dodgers Radio Network" from 2008 to 2011. He is a former newspaper reporter who spent 10 years covering baseball for the Oakland Tribune and authored This Gracious Season, which chronicled Barry Bonds' record-breaking 73-homer season of 2001. Suchon grew up in the Bay Area suburb of Pleasanton, studied radio-TV journalism at San Diego State University, and is currently a freelance broadcaster living in Los Angeles.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Triumph Books (May 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600788068
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600788062
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.2 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #150,919 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As a born and raised Brooklyn Dodger to Los Angeles Dodger fan... whose family moved from New York to Los Angeles the same year as the Dodgers... let me first state that this is a long overdue tribute to what is now the twenty-fifth anniversary of *The-1988-World-Champion-Los-Angeles-Dodgers*! The author has done a wonderful job in creating a finely detailed... both statistically... and intimately... behind the clubhouse doors... portrayal... of how the truly miraculous drive to the 1988 World Championship was accomplished both on the field and off.

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.
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"All year long they looked to him to light the fire and all year long he answered the demands."

"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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By Joe on December 6, 2014
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I enjoyed it. I book with actual new information about an old subject.
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This is a must read for any true Dodgers fan and most baseball fans. A Giants, A's, or even Mets fan may want to skip this book. For others though not only does the book relive a lot of great moments in baseball history it's also an interesting look at how the game has changed in 25 years, especially pitching. Such on does an excellent job of conjuring up all the suspense and emotion of Gibson's home run, but it's Hershiser's season-long accomplishments that make the book.
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By Rob Nelson on January 10, 2014
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Good book brought back a lot of memories for me both of the Dodgers and being young again. Probably one of the most unlikely teams to win a World Series
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From the first page I was rapt. Any Dodger fan will enjoy reliving the 88 world series with these remarkable men.
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Great gift! Greatly priced and arrived in great condition and very fast.
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Enjoyed the read. Was a chronicle of the season.
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