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Crazy '08: How a Cast of Cranks, Rogues, Boneheads, and Magnates Created the Greatest Year in Baseball History Hardcover – March 13, 2007
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The book begins with some context, looking at the earlier years of the National League and American League just after the turn of the century. She also looks at the evolution of gloves and bats and the other artifacts of the game. There are glimpses of stadia of the time.
Also nicely done are the character sketches of some key figures from 1908--from Manager John McGraw of the Giants to John Evers and Frank ("Husk" or "The Peerless Leader") Chance of the Cubs to Honus Wagner and so on. The book takes a chronological look at the season thereafter, from opening day through the great replay of the tie game (when Fred Merkle didn't touch second base, leading to a tie score) to a brief afterword on the World Series (not much time spent on it, since it was a blowout, with the Cubs winning their last World Series over the Detroit Tigers).Read more ›
Reviewer: Bob Kellemen, Ph.D., is the author of Beyond the Suffering: Embracing the Legacy of African American Soul Care and Spiritual Direction , Soul Physicians, and Spiritual Friends (and an avid Cubs' fan!).
This is the best baseball book since Jim Bouton's Ball Four in 1970. It's in fact better. Bouton's book was a beautiful bingle. Cait Murphy has hit a grand slam -- no mean feat for 1908.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It reminds me of matching bookends: The great Chicago Cubs of 1908 that rose to fame in the midst of much corruption with mobsters, gambling, killings, and more, to the present... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Marvin P. Ferguson
The author was aware she has a good story. But she thought if she tells it in two tenses nobody cared. Present tense mingled and mixes with past tense, having an awkward time. Read morePublished 5 months ago by A Reader
OK, right up front, I'm a sucker for historic baseball books. The Glory of Their Time was my all time favorite but it's now second to Crazy '08. Read morePublished 7 months ago by George
Excellent description of not only the famous "Merkle's Boner" but of baseball in general at that time. A wonderful read for true baseball fans.Published 7 months ago by Demetrio DeAngelis
A wonderfully told story of the 1908 season. If you don't know the Fred Merkle story, you need to read this book.Published 7 months ago by Kerry Hotaling
Just a terrific book! It's full of wonderful stories that make all those baseball greats of 1908 come alive. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Thomas J. Collins
Very interesting and informative. Having each player tell in his own words their story is very engaging. That element makes this a very good read.Published 10 months ago by ronald hale
Very good book. If you want to be placed back in time and live the 1908 season all over gain, this is the book. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Robert Garr