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Pennant Races: Baseball at Its Best Hardcover – March, 1997

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Bbs Pub Corp (March 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0883659816
  • ISBN-13: 978-0883659816
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,421,751 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Michael R. Savona on December 15, 2013
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Excellent review of baseball history fleshing out the great men who played the game! Wonderful and entertaining reading! Very interesting to see how much the game and players have changed over the years.
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Nothing is more enjoyable than watching your favorite baseball team playing meaningful games during the month of September. While other teams are playing out the string and preparing to clean out their lockers, your team is in a pennant race.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book despite the fact that it is less than perfect. Some will be upset that the author did not choose to select the particular race which captivated them the most, but overall there are some good ones included here.

While I was familiar with the story of Gabby Hartnett's celebrated home run, Anderson provides details of the events in the three weeks leading up to the critical series between the Pirates and the Cubs that determined the 1938 pennant. I also enjoyed the coverage of the American League race of 1967 which saw the Red Sox, the Tigers, the Twins and the White Sox battling to the finish.

Revelations have been made concerning the New York Giants amazing comeback in 1951 (serious allegations of sign stealing at the Polo Grounds), but this does not detract from the dramatic account of that storied season. Brooklyn still cannot forget losing out to their former manager, Leo Durocher, on the strength of Bobby Thomson's late inning home run off of Ralph Branca.
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Anderson is one of the best sports writers in the country. He has selected the best pennant races in history and skillfully and elegantly describes the significant events.
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The author makes some good choices on which seasons to profile,such as 1908, 1951, 1991, etc. Also, he makes a pertinent point for all 1998-nuts, titling his chapter on 1993 "The Last Pure Pennant Race." However, the author is obviously prejudiced toward the era he grew up in, selecting no less than FIVE of the fourteen profiled from the 1940's. Indians only won the pennant because the Black Sox were throwing games down the stretch! 1964? You've got to be kidding! The Phillies experienced one of the all-time "crash-and-burn" moments in baseball history, losing their final ten games, allowing St. Louis to "back into" the pennant! The major factor in weighing the "all-time greatest pennant races" should hinge mainly on the fan excitement they create. Here, Anderson spends two of his choices on great collapses, where only the eventual winner's fans benefit; rather than picking two other races where BOTH teams played great ball down the stretch, giving fans in BOTH cities something to cheer about! The 1904 Boston-N.Y. American League race , or the 1915 Boston-Detroit AL race would have been much better choices. At any rate, I wasn't all that impressed with Anderson's writing style. It lacked tension, organization, and failed to present some of the really great races in a wider historical context. Mostly valuable for it's details of baseball's greatest and most suffocating pennant race, 1908.
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