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Mark McGwire: Home Run Hero

4.3 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0613177009
ISBN-10: 0613177002
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It's only natural in 1998's season of the slugger, with the focus on the race to break 61, that baseball's most prolific contemporary power hitter would be reduced to size with a quickie bio. The thing about McGwire is that he's soooo big--and not just in physical stature--that he can't be reduced, especially when his biographer produces what is essentially fans' notes.

Rains may have written nothing more than a routine biography, outlining McGwire's growth from Little Leaguer--he naturally hit a homer his first time at bat--to eventual major-league stardom, but his subject is anything but routine. The McGwire that Rains portrays is thoughtful and engaging--a man who, despite his outsized talent, grips priorities as well as a bat. Rains recounts how, on the last day of McGwire's monumental first season with Oakland, with the rookie record of 49 dingers already on the books, his wife went into labor. Instead of staying and going for 50, McGwire immediately flew back to California to take his place beside her. He can always get 50 another time.

McGwire approaches the hallowed home-run record with his trademark poise and perspective. He's only worried about one aspect of chasing the record: even if he fails to break Maris's mark, he will have accomplished something no one, not even Ruth, has done before: hitting 50 home runs in three consecutive seasons. "Is that failure," McGwire asks circumspectly. "Are people going to write that I failed?" Probably. But as Rains observes, "That thought passes after a moment.... Ever since his days growing up playing with friends at the end of a cul-de-sac in Claremont, California, McGwire has been in control of his own fate, just as he is now." --Jeff Silverman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

ROB RAINS is the author or co-author of eight books, including The St. Louis Cardinals 100th Anniversary History (St. Martin's Press), as well as the autobiographies of Cardinal Red Schoendienst and baseball broadcaster Jack Buck. A frequent contributor to The Sporting News, Rains lives with his wife in St. Louis, Missouri. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • School & Library Binding
  • Publisher: San Val (April 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0613177002
  • ISBN-13: 978-0613177009
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 7.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,660,105 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

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By JLTRAVA on October 25, 2013
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Great baseball player. I really think that smashing homeruns has nothing to do with taking vitamins, steroids or whatever. To hit homeruns a player needs not only brute force but also confidence, intelligence, coordination and a marvelous sight.
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Format: Hardcover
i think this was basic information and Rains touched on the same topics on more than one occasion, interesting for someone who just knows he played for the A's and is the HR king, like me, which is why i gave it 3 stars. if i was following McGwire from his rookie year, i would have hated it. so again, its basic, nothing spectacular
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This was a very good book, until I got to the last few pages. There, I found out that the famous 62nd and 70th homers were NOT included or reported about. Obviously, there wasn't much research done because the whole book was full of quotes moving the story along. I'd say that no more than 1/3 of the whole book was actual writing done by Rains himself. But, this was still a fairly good book. The pictures in the centerfold could have been a little bit better and more updated as well. But, the writing is what's important, right?
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This book is a great history of McGwires baseball career, but I think in the interest to speed up the production of this book it end too quickly. By the time it is published the record was broken but it's not in the book. Nice to read about what leads up to the record however. All baseball players should read this to see the kind of man a professional should be. McGwire is a true roll modle not just a " Home Run Hero"
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
I have never actually finished a book over 100 pages EXCEPT for this one. That has to say something. Not only that i LOVE Mark McGwire and almost everything he does but that the author, Rob Rains must know what hes talking about. It is a pretty well detailed book the chapters could be a little shorter but otherwise a very interesting book!
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By A Customer on February 22, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Anyone can get most of the information in this book on the internet. I found nothing new, and the style of writing was plain boring. I was hoping for more in depth research and more on Mark, the man. I was disappointed in this effort.
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This was a great book! The only thing I didn't like was that it didn't include a thing about the '98 season and it didn't go very in-depth about his family and his relationship with them! That would have been very interesting!
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This book tells you what a man Mark Mcgwire is and also tells you about his past.
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