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Pennant Race Paperback – December 23, 2003
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One of the best baseball books ever written...probably one of the best American diaries as well. (The New York Times)
Jim Brosnan is a gifted observer.... His book is beautifully constructed. (Herald Tribune)
...Brosnan obviously knows his baseball, writes about it wittily, informally and with irony. He is a cynical, tough professional athlete and his book makes wonderful reading... (The New Yorker)
Brosnan...with verve and humor...provides the type of insight into...the game that sportswriters can only dream of. (Chicago Tribune)
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Brosnan was a college-educated player who gained recognition (and notoriety) for his writing. PENNANT RACE is as readable and charming as its predecessor, and once again landed Brosnan in some hot water with baseball's establishment.
I'm a lifelong NY Yankees fan, but this remains one of my favorite books on any subject.
One note: this is one of the only baseball books that was _really_ written by the named author. Brosnan had no ghostwriter.
time gently drawing back the curtain of privacy on the 1961 Cincinnati Reds National League Championship team.
In what was the last of the 154 game schedule, eight team National League season, this was a historic and gruelling pennant race for the participants who had no idea what lay in store for Major League Baseball in the seasons ahead. Although if the NLers had paid attention to what was going on in the American League in 1961 they would have had a pretty good clue.
That year in the AL, like most years then, the Yankees steamrolled their way to yet another AL Championship but this time with a historic home run race between Mantle and Maris as well as prodigious hitting by many of the other junior circuit clubs. But in 1961 the Al expanded to ten teams which meant
at least two pitching staffs that were just a little below big league skill
levels. Which certainly must have helped all those sluggers hit those dingers.
Meanwhile, back in the old fashioned NL, the Reds defeated last years World Champion Pittsburgh Pirates for the NL pennant and a shot at the powerful Yankees in the World Series. You can read all about it in Brosnan's 1961
diary except for the World Series which was not included in in Pennant Race possibly because Mr.Brosnan wanted to end the book on a triumphant note. BTW, the Yankees won four out of five games against the Reds in the 1961 World Series.
Pennant Race is perhaps the most entertaining sports book that I have ever read, there are several laugh out loud sections and it is extrememly interesting to hear Brosanan's on field contemporaries' reactions to his first book, The Long Season. Pennant Race, despite the fact that the 1961 World Series is not covered, is without a doubt one of the finest, pioneering sports books of our time.
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Great read! It was nice to remember what baseball use to be like.Published 18 months ago by Mike taylor
I am a Red's fan from that time period. Wonderful tale of hope and success at a past time. Fun to see the young men grow and figure out they are good enough to actually win!Published on October 24, 2013 by Donm
For anyone who likes to read about baseball past. It puts in the bullpen, and and the mind of a pitcher. Shows you how baseball has changed. I great read for a Red's fan.Published on September 9, 2013 by mike mccormick
Fun to read because of Brosnan's style plus, his team does well! Very down to earth inside view of baseball business and life.Published on July 30, 2013 by r m gallligan
This is a great book that will give you insight on what major league baseball was really like in the late 50'sPublished on January 15, 2013 by coachdu