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Nine Innings Paperback – September 16, 1994
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Okrent discusses the hidden side of the June 10th game. More interestingly, Okrent also explains the past decisions that had built the 1982 Brewers. He goes back to Brewers owner Bud Selig's purchase of the bankrupt Seattle Pilots in 1970 , the team's move to Milwaukee, and all of Selig's efforts to build a winner.
Nine Innings is lively and easy to read at just 260 pages. Okrent excels at writing short, interesting portraits of the people in the book. (Interestingly, he writes of beloved Brewers broadcaster Bob Uecker - "With the players, he was always charming; at other times, though, he could be brutally cold" (pp. 233-234)). On occasion, Okrent's prose can be a little too flowery, but - on the whole - the book is well written.
As a kid in the 1980s, I loved baseball. Nine Innings brought back so many memories of players I had admired, but long forgotten: Don Money, Ted Simmons, Ben Oglivie, and so many others. The book reminded me of the wonder that I felt at baseball before I became a middle-aged cynic :)
Any baseball fan - regardless of age - will enjoy Nine Innings.
Unlike Moneyball, which I recommend that everyone reads whether or not they are baseball fans (and if you haven't read it yet, shame on you. go get it now), I don't think Nine Innings would appeal to anyone who is not already a baseball fan. Or maybe a Milwaukeean. But if you are, I suggest you find this book
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Classic analysis of what's really going on in a professional baseball game.Published 8 months ago by LimaBN
A great book for a fan who simply loves the game. Set aside all the promotional crap and ego surrounding contemporary baseball, sit back and read about the game as it is played and... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Stuart A Seidel
The play-by-play analysis of this 1982 game is just one part of this book. I enjoyed even more the stories that helped describe things like the winter meetings, blockbuster trades,... Read morePublished 17 months ago by margo
Excellent Book! In many ways it could be considered a history (given when the game in question was played). Read morePublished 22 months ago by S. Conner
First off, I'm already a fan of Dan Okrent. His style and wit really come out in this book. The man who gave the world Roto-League Baseball does a brilliant job laying down the... Read morePublished on May 11, 2014 by Seth Pohorence
The story within the story, absolutely exciting book. An entire season is decided within one game. I highly recommend this to any baseball fanPublished on January 21, 2014 by Jay T. Mckee
If you are a baseball fan or not, you are going to get a lot out of this book. According to several ex major league players I've talked to this is such a factual book you will soak... Read morePublished on July 30, 2013 by Bookluvah