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4.0 out of 5 stars Solid, but limited
I was expecting a more comprehensive look at the '73 season, but this book focused almost solely on the Mets, A's and Yankees. Because it was the start of the Steinbrenner Era, it made some sense to focus on the Yankees, but the New York angle does get tiring.

As far as the treatment of it subjects, the book was informative and entertaining. The discussion...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Met-centric look at major league baseball; circa 1973.
Swinging '73 presents a pretty light and breezy read about an interesting year in major league history; 1973. Reading like one long chapter out of Dan Epstein's Big Hair & Plastic Grass book on '70's baseball, author Matthew Silverman examines the year's events in baseball, and society in general, and how they sometimes intersected (Agnew's resignation announced during...
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid, but limited, May 1, 2013
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I was expecting a more comprehensive look at the '73 season, but this book focused almost solely on the Mets, A's and Yankees. Because it was the start of the Steinbrenner Era, it made some sense to focus on the Yankees, but the New York angle does get tiring.

As far as the treatment of it subjects, the book was informative and entertaining. The discussion toward the end of the book of Yogi Berra's questionable World Series strategy was a good recap of how Berra might have blown the Series by not resting Seaver to start Game 7. I found the chapters about the A's by far the most interesting material, as Silverman goes into some depth about the inner-workings of Charles O. Finley.

I would recommend this book for serious baseball fans or any New York baseball fan.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Should be in every baseball fan's personal library, April 24, 2013
This review is from: Swinging '73: Baseball's Wildest Season (Paperback)
Richard Nixon. The Yom Kippur War. The Atkins Diet. The Mets, Yankees, A's. Rollie Fingers' handlebar moustache (and the subsequent facial hair of his teammates). Willie Mays' retirement. George Steinbrenner's foray into major league ownership. 1973 had it all, and Matthew Silverman helps recreate the events in Swinging '73: Baseball's Wildest Season.

The books follows three of the most colorful franchises in baseball history while mixing in tidbits about pop culture and other notable events. The teams: Charlie Finley's Oakland A's, led by Hall of Famers Reggie Jackson, Catfish Hunter, and Fingers; Steinbrenner's New York Yankees, with Thurman Munson, the first DH Ron Blomberg, and the wife swapping Mike Kekich and Fritz Peterson; the New York Mets with Willie Mays' final days and the legendary Yogi Berra at the helm.

In a season when controversies were commonplace, Silverman hits all the high notes. The most interesting is obviously the decision made by Kekich and Peterson to swap families, and the author reports the situation professionally without passing judgment. Pete Rose's altercation with Bud Harrelson in the NLCS is also retold in detail, as well as the "firing" of Oakland second baseman Mike Andrews during the World Series (a move overruled by commissioner Bowie Kuhn).

Swinging '73: Baseball's Wildest Season is a book that should be in every baseball fan's personal library.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Met-centric look at major league baseball; circa 1973., May 9, 2013
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This review is from: Swinging '73: Baseball's Wildest Season (Paperback)
Swinging '73 presents a pretty light and breezy read about an interesting year in major league history; 1973. Reading like one long chapter out of Dan Epstein's Big Hair & Plastic Grass book on '70's baseball, author Matthew Silverman examines the year's events in baseball, and society in general, and how they sometimes intersected (Agnew's resignation announced during the playoffs)
Heavy detail is given to the Mets (one WS participant that year) and to the Yankees (Steinbrenner's 1st year as owner). Silverman is a Mets blogger and author of previous Met books, so the New York connection is somewhat expected. Such concentration on the 2 New York teams may or may not be a recommendation, depending on your interests, rooting or otherwise. Charlie Finley's Oakland A's (the Mets WS opponent) are examined in detail also, 1973 being the middle year of the A's 3 consecutive WS winning dynasty. Other MLB stories, like Hank Aaron's home run chase and Nolan Ryan's strikeout record are covered as well.
For those of you who lived through this era of baseball, the book is sure to jog a memory or two loose. For those of you who didn't, and want to know why older fans describe this time in the major leagues with reverence and a gleam in their eye, this book can provide some insight as to why.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Look at an Underreported Season, May 10, 2014
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1973 always seems to get passed over when discussing Met lore, at least compared to the way 1969 and 1986 are discussed. It's a shame because even though it didn't end in ultimate victory, it was still one hell of a ride and an absolutely unique pennant race. Great to see it given it's just due here, not just for the Mets' sake but for the game's sake as this was a landmark year in a landmark decade for baseball. Nice to see the way the larger world beyond baseball was tied in as well, kind of like what Big Hair and Plastic Grass did for the 70s as a whole. Learned a lot and read stories I hadn't heard before and given the kind of Mets' fan and baseball fan I am, that's not easy to do.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars underrated season, March 3, 2014
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As a kid this was one of my fave seasons for two reasons. First, my fave team the Oakland A's again were playing great, got to the World Series and won it all vs. a surprisingly delightful "Ya Gotta Believe" New York Mets team. Secondly, for the first time ever the well-televised-in-Canada-at-the-time Montreal Expos were involved in an actual pennant race. Now there's a rejoinder to that. The 1973 NL East race was for turtles as almost every team was hovering near the .500 mark. This was not classic baseball being played by any of these teams, but it sure was exciting which is exactly what Matthew Silverman must have known when deciding on this particular season to look at.

Like all historical sports books, Silverman weaves in the news events of the day, but he does so without doing the usual same old boring repetition of said events. The way he brings the actual playoff game broadcasts alive and how they got interrupted at times by Watergate news is very prescient of him to choose that tact.

I also enjoyed learning bits about the Charlie O. Finley front office especially about how playoff tickets were sold and distributed. People back then even sent coins in the mail to try to snag those ducats in a ticket lottery!

Overall, it's a book worth any baseball fan's time as it occurred in an era just on the verge of free agency so it's like snapshot in time of owners and players set to truly collide yet ultimately benefit and grow the MLB game.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ya Gotta Believe!!!!, January 24, 2014
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This book brings to light several characters of the pre-free agent,post Curt Flood era of baseball.Two of the main themes are the parsimony of Charley Finley and the sad ending of the career of baseball's greatest player,Willie Mays.
Nothing ground breaking,but a fun read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An insight into the season and the world in 73, November 16, 2013
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Great insight to not only that season but the state of the outside world at that time. Showed some great characters of that era.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of Best Journeys Back in Time, November 16, 2013
I always thought 1972 was the year in which sports events drove the course of the world (the Munich Olympics for one thing), but Silverman take us to a year later. It was worth the wait, as you'll see when you get a couple of pages into this great read! So much, so well done, so many incredible memories are here.
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5.0 out of 5 stars enjoyed 73, November 3, 2013
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I enjoyed reliving 1973 as I worked for the New York Yankees and recognized the personalities and events of those days past.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Book!, October 28, 2013
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JohnR0723 "John" (Davenport, Florida United States) - See all my reviews
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I gave this to my son as part of his birthday gift on the recent occasion of his 40th birthday. He is a lifelong New York Mets fan, and I know that he will enjoy reading this great account of the baseball season during the year he was born.
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