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Game Six: Cincinnati, Boston, and the 1975 World Series: The Triumph of America's Pastime Hardcover – September 22, 2009

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Many a diehard baseball fan could tell you how Game 6 of the 1975 World Series ended—with Boston catcher Carlton Fisk dramatically waving his extra-inning home run toward fair territory, and the pandemonium that soon followed. As for the other details, Frost (The Match) mentions them all in a wonderful tale about one of the sport's seminal events. Describing pitch by pitch and inning by inning, Frost breaks down the excitement on the field, but also how each participant came to play in the October thriller. Each player has a story—from Boston's star pitcher Luis Tiant and his humble beginnings, to Cincinnati's rugged, trash-talking third baseman, Pete Rose. From Yastrzemski to Bench, Evans to Morgan, Frost covers them all, along with the managers, owners and even broadcasters, expertly weaving from the past to that famous fall night. The last third of the work covers the aftermath of the game, recapping Cincinnati's eventual World Series win in Game 7 (an oft-forgotten fact about that series), and what became of each player in the years following. With each passing baseball season, the number of people who would later claim to have been at Game Six would increase twenty-fold, and thanks to Frost, the reader will likewise feel like he was in attendance at Fenway Park for that World Series classic. (Sept.)
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"Mark Frost, author of one of the sport's all-time great books, The Greatest Game Ever Played, produces another wonderful telling of a true tale . . . in The Match."―Chicago Tribune

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"Frost captures an elusive magic in this improbable matchup and what it meant for those who played and witnessed it."―Publishers Weekly

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Hachette Books; First Edition edition (September 22, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401323103
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401323103
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #341,759 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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First, in the interest of truth in packaging, I was living in Cincinnati in 1975 and watched Game Six on TV.
After Fisk hit the home run, I went and woke my wife up to tell her that she had just missed the greatest baseball game ever. She was not amused.

This is fine book. Frost not only thoroughly chronicles the historic game, but interweaves the game with all that was going on in the world at the same time. He also weaves a lot of baseball culture and history into the telling of the story. For instance, even though I have read a ton of baseball writing, I had never heard that there were significant rumors that the first World Series was fixed.

Frost documents the lives of the players involved, and tells not only how they got to Fenway Park that evening in October, but also what happened to all of them.

This book has the makings of a classic baseball book not unlike The Boys of Summer. If you enjoy baseball even a little bit you will enjoy it. Or, even if you don't, but like a really well written small piece of sports history, you will like Game Six.
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Author Mark Frost has done a commendable job in reliving game six of the 1975 World Series. Any self-respecting baseball fan old enough to remember can tell you where he was when Fisk hit that 12th inning home run into the night to force a game seven. My only complaint with the book is when the author begins to digress back into the game's history with tidbits of Ban Johnson, Minnie Minoso, Nuf Ced McGreevey owner of the 3rd Base Bar in Boston, Cy Young, and a history of each player who is presently at bat or on the mound. I have hundreds of baseball books in my library, and they have been read. However, I felt it was too much of an interruption in the flow of the game to be off on a rabbit trail between pitches detailing each player and whoever else he wanted to introduce into the text. I enjoyed the book much more once author Frost reached the 8th inning when the game itself became the principle focus.

Bosox owner Tom Yawkey confided to Yaz how much it would mean to him to win a world championship, yet it was Yawkey's attitude towards signing African-Americans and hiring like-minded individuals such as Mike "Pinky" Higgins as manager that Yawkey had only himself to blame for the lack of a World Series winner. How would Willie Mays and Jackie Robinson have looked in Red Sox flannels? The opportunity was theirs for the taking, but they chose to pass on it. Instead they became the last team to sign an African-American with the signing of Elijah "Pumpsie" Green in 1959. There never was a curse of the Bambino. The problem was the curse of Yawkey and his cronies.

I enjoyed the section of what became of the individuals who played a part in this historic game whether it be the managers, coaches, or players both superstars or supernumeraries. It was enjoyable reliving this historic game once again. It's hard to believe it took place thirty-nine years ago. Not only do the years fly by, but the decades as well.
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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.
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If you don't know baseball, don't bother with this book. If you do know baseball, GAME SIX is quite a good read.

(1) It is written with an easy-to-read journalistic flair. No doctoral dissertation here. If you can read a newspaper you can read this.

(2) Extras include two portfolios of black-and-white photo plates, at least in the hardcover. You might get photo prints in the paperback.

(3) The appendix includes a box score for game six, final scoreboards for all seven games, player statistics for the series, and a few player statistics for the 1975 season.

The narration is expertly constructed. It begins with an anecdote of Manager Sparky Anderson from his boyhood. Soon enough the story eases into game six of the 1975 World Series. Anecdotes and biographical information about the players, the managers and coaches, media broadcasters, and baseball in general are smoothly inserted. Game six itself gets most of the attention, at great depth. Every at bat and play are described. After the end of game six, an entire chapter is devoted to game seven. So you will learn how the series ends.

The lengthy "Afterward" is not as arousing as what precedes it. It might have been edited out, but I found the post-1975 baseball history informative. My only complaints about the book are minor. Though details about Bruce Springsteen and Saturday Night Live provide cultural milieu, they bored me. Fortunately that was only a couple of pages. Also, Mark Frost was--here and there--exaggerative. This player was the greatest ever, that event was the greatest thing in history, and so on.

In regard to physical sensation, the book cannot compare to actually attending the game. Intellectually, however, the book is better than being there.
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