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The 50 Greatest Players in Boston Red Sox History Hardcover – November 7, 2014
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About the Author
Robert W. Cohen began writing professionally in 2004. His first published work, A Team for the Ages: Baseball's All-Time All-Star Team, clearly reflects his great love of the game of baseball, and also his vast knowledge of the sport. A sports historian, Robert has appeared on numerous sports-talk radio programs around the nation to discuss his published works. He lives in Clifton, New Jersey.
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Never-the-less, this is a must have volume for all Red Sox fans. He names most of the greats, and others can project similar arguments as I have, as to who should and shouldn't have been named. After all, that's part of the fun of it, isn't it?
Complementing the text are many photos of the players, some never seen before.
As with all things chosen to the "greatest", the choices featured in this book are sure to generate some controversy and discussions among the readers. This in itself would make great fuel for The Hot Stove League.
Complementing the Red Sox' top 50 players as chosen by the author, is a section on the next 25 Red Sox, who barely missed the greatest rankings, but who have come really close to reaching that lofty position. Interesting selections, and as the top 50 will, these choices will also stimulate discussion and nostalgia among fans.
Clearly, any Red Sox fan would appreciate The 50 Greatest Players in Red Sox History, and I'm sure that baseball fans in general would find pleasure in reading this book.
What I find especially interesting is that there is another book with the same title, written a year earlier by Lew Freedman. As fun as it may be for fans to argue the choices in this book, they can double-down and pit the two books each other and have even more fun. For instance, this book places Pedro Martinez at #3, while Freedman's book places Cy Young at #3. (Pedro is #17 in Freedman's book.) See what I mean. Have fun with that and more, diehard Sox fans! But I will say it is almost like the two authors consulted with each other. The positions in the rankings fluctuate between them, but there aren't many on one list and not the other. And they have both written books on other professional teams. Cohen has indeed written "50 Greatest Players" books for other baseball teams.
I am not going to compare the writing of the two books, but I will say that this book seems to offer more details. A lot of stats, and at the end of each chapter it also describes the career highlights for the players and their memorable moments/greatest performances. So I would recommend this one for a lone purchase. This book also includes a lot of quotes from the players' peers to help support their inclusion on the list. But you might not want to deprive yourself of doubling your fun and working off both books in starting and settling disputes with your friends.