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This review is from: Game Six: Cincinnati, Boston, and the 1975 World Series: The Triumph of America's Pastime (Hardcover)
One of the first things that stood out in "Game Six" for this reader was the final sentence in an early chapter where the author mentions an increase in the number of people who claimed to be in attendance by twenty times. Having been a college senior who actually WAS at the game, this doesn't surprise me at all. What is good about Mark Frost's book is that he builds the tension nicely and in the meantime reminds those of us who are old enough to remember, the key players on both rosters. One great memory for me after that game was the hundreds of Bostonians singing "Roll Out the Barrel" as people poured from Fenway Park.
"Game Six" begins with a look at George "Sparky" Anderson, the indefatigable Reds' manager... and indeed, Anderson becomes the focal point of the book. But the side stories are appropriate to revisit. The whole episode of Luis Tiant's mother and father coming from Cuba, the alcohol problems of Bernie Carbo and his manager, Darrell Johnson, the effervescence of Pete Rose and the heroics of Carlton Fisk, all serve as a walk down memory lane. Frost spends time discussing the reserve clause and its importance to baseball in 1975, which is a necessary addition, excellently explained.
Finishing up, the author has a lengthy "afterward" regarding the players and staff of each team. This is a terrific way to wrap up a crisp and poignant book about "Game Six" of the 1975 World Series. I highly recommend it.