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Game Six: Cincinnati, Boston, and the 1975 World Series: The Triumph of America's Pastime Paperback – Bargain Price, May 11, 2010
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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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Praise for The Match
"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
Praise for The Match
"Frost captures an elusive magic in this improbable matchup and what it meant for those who played and witnessed it."―Publishers Weekly
Praise for The Match
"It's difficult to beat a good golf book, be it a good yarn or a picture book . . . The golf is spectacular, the course more so, the descriptions luminous."―USA Today --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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(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.
I particularly enjoyed Mark Frost's approach. He gives you the game pitch by pitch, so it's as though you are there at Fenway on that night long ago. But he also interjects throughout the action with things such as the background of the batter or the pitcher or the manager, or a history of Fenway Park and the two franchises. Red Sox fans and those who enjoy baseball history will find this almost as enjoyable as watching the game itself.
I am an avid reader and Mark Frost always delivers. You will not ever be disappointed by any of his books.
GAME SIX is full of many known and unknown facts about what many consider to be the greatest WORLD SERIES ever played. Read about the giant rat behind the Green Monster that changed the way we view baseball today. A happy accident if there ever was one. Read about the beginning of baseball, the first World Series, which was considered an exhibition match (!), dive into the individual stories about the superstars from that series in '75, most of all, experience the game itself, one for the ages.
Mark Frost's style of writing, where he interweaves historical background anecdotes, within the details of the six game was very informative. He obviously takes a lot of pride in his research, and storytelling.
His post-mortem or epilogue on the participants was a nice touch also.
If you're a baseball fan; do yourself a favor and read it!