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"Gary Sarnoff's intimate familiarity with the Senators is the key that unlocks the treasure trove of stories." --Doug Feldmann, author of Dizzy and the Gas House Gang

"It doesn't take long...to realize how much research went into writing [The Wrecking Crew of '33].... Washington fans of all ages would do themselves a favor by reading this wonderful book." --NationalsPride.com

"At long last, a book on Senators history that is as colorful and fun-filled as it is historically informative. The kind of book that will entertain the reader as much as it carries forth the rich history of the original Washington Senators." --George Michael, host of The Sports Machine

About the Author

Gary A. Sarnoff has written for Nats News, Minor League News, and for the Biography Project of the Society for American Baseball Research. He lives in Arlington, Virginia.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 245 pages
  • Publisher: McFarland (July 24, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786442913
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786442911
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,952,870 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jeff on December 26, 2009
Format: Paperback
"The Wrecking Crew of '33" by Gary Sarnoff is a very good baseball book. Focusing on the years leading up to and including the Washington Senator's last pennant winning season, Sarnoff gives an affectionate and informative account of the 1933 campaign and an intimate look at the "Wrecking Crew": Goose Goslin, Heinie Manush, and Manager -Shortstop Joe Cronin. Through revealing quotes he captures the personality of Clark Griffith, Bucky Harris, Walter Johnson and other key Nats figures of the time, as well as those of opposition players like Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Sam Chapman and Bill Dickey of the Yankees. For older Senators fans it is a must read. I heard the stories of the old Senators teams from my Dad. I knew about Bucky Harris and Cronin and Cecil Travis. I knew about the 24 World Series Champs and that the Senators won the pennant again in '33. But there was much I did not know, about the Nats of that era and the historical events happening around them. If you think you know your Nats history, you probably will still learn something here, certainly about the 1933 squad. How the squad was built. The battles and scurmishes during the season. Sarnoff has thoroughly researched his subject and impeccably footnoted and attributed his sources. The book will be a valuable historical resource. It is probably the most complete account of the subject on record. But Gary has gone beyond the expections of the Society for American Baseball Research (He is, of course, a member in good standing). He has produced a fun read. He takes the reader back to the late 20s and early 1930s. You will feel the heat of the pennant race and the Washington summer of '33.
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By Kevin Larkin on February 6, 2015
Format: Paperback
What a wonderful book!!!! Mr Sarnoff did a great job in taking me back to a time when baseball was real. A thoughtful and informative read well researched and well written. I am baseball fall fan first and this book makes the reader and made me realize why baseball is the number one sport in the world. It is a must read and a must have for baseball fans everywhere, GREAT JOB Mr Sarnoff !!!!!!!
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Loved this book! Made it easy to imagine being there with the team during that great season. This book is a period piece and Sarnoff didn't try to make it relate in any way to modern baseball. Really a very entertaining glimpse into the past of a great game.
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