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A Whole New Ballgame: The 1969 Washington Senators Perfect Paperback – April 18, 2009
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So many of the players I had heard of...Brinkman, Coleman, McMullen, Unser - but I knew of them on different teams (Detroit, California, Philly etc).
An enjoyable read that has brought back many warm memories of a simpler time!
I loved it. Was especially interesting to read and learn about Ted Williams as he managed the club. Great insights into the Manager and the Man. A side of Ted Williams that we don't often see revealed.
A great book and great buy for anyone interested in Washington Baseball, and the larger stories where sports intersects with Life. Thank you for this.
What did seem right and this book so well chronicles is the he turned the Senators team around if only for a short period of time pushing them from perennial losers to winners.
Author Stephen J. Walker has done a nice job of recreating the 1969 Washington Senators environment for the reader. There are stories from just about everyone on the Senators roster talking about the 1969 season and the effect that Ted Williams had on them. How it changed their careers or at least how they became stars at least for that one year.
Walker give the reader Some history on the Washington Senators and the various incarnations of the Senators and decades of loosing baseball teams in Washington DC.
This incarnation of the Washington Senators was born in 1961 after another Washington Senators team left town in 1960 to become the Minnesota Twins.
A whole new ball game really captures the essence of who Ted Williams was as a manager and how most of the players really respected him not only for his accomplishments as a player but as a manager teaching them how to win and changing their mindsets and philosophies about them game. Walker talks about the personalities on the team and how they intermingled with each other. Frank Howard, Casey Cox, Ed Brinkmen, Tec Williams, Mike Epstein etc, which was key to how they played together.
Walker recounts the season including important games and details in those games that had an impact. No, the Senators didn't make it to the playoffs but they did finally finish a season with a winning record.Read more ›
The Senators, under the guidance of Manager Ted Williams, finished with a surprising 86-76 record, winning 21 more games than they had in 1968. The club drew 918,000 fans to RFK Stadium, an increase of 68 percent.
Senators owner Bob Short, who would turn out to be a villain to Senators fans for moving the club to Texas after the 1971 season, scored a coup when he convinced Hall of Famer Ted Williams to take the reins of the Washington club.
Williams resolved to change the team's self-image and elevated the team's expectations. Walker writes that Williams "transformed hopeless losers into tough-minded winners and good hitters into great ones."
Catcher Jim French said, "Our 1969 record was much better than our talent." He added, "Ted had the greatest presence of anyone I ever met."
Pitcher Dave Baldwin said, "Ted was a goldmine of information. I learned more from him how hitters think than I had in 10 years of baseball."
Williams preached patience to hitters and encouraged pitchers to throw more sliders. Frank Howard, Ed Brinkman and Mike Epstein and others flourished at bat under Williams' tutelage, while Dick Bosman and Darold Knowles thrived on the mound.
Interviews with many of the 1969 Senators raises this book above the typical collection of newspaper clippings. Walker chooses critical games in which a Senator played a key role to discuss their background, observations of the season and career after the 1969 season.Read more ›
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The 1969 Senators season, with Ted Williams at the helm, is a fond memory for any Washington baseball fan of that era (albeit made a bit bittersweet, thanks to the vicious... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Andrew Sharp
Well written and well researched book for those who love baseball, and especially for those of us who remember the years of the lovable expansion Senators. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is a pleasant, quick read. The author does a nice job mixing in brief bios into the narrative of the 1969 Senators season. Her y enjoyable. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Bruce Diaz
Another book that a true baseball fan will enjoy. A lot of behind the scenes that will thrill any who love the game.Published 22 months ago by Kevin J Kearney
Great book on a great season for the Senators and their fans.
Ted Williams unexpectedly becomes the "skipper" of one of the worst franchises in the MLB and makes them... Read more
I just received this book. I've only glanced through it and look forward to reading it as soon as I finish the book I'm currently reading. Read morePublished on August 25, 2013 by Allen Derwent