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Red Sox Century: The Definitive History of Baseball's Most Storied Franchise, Expanded and Updated Hardcover – October 19, 2005
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From Cy Young to Cy Young award winner Pedro Martinez, this is a franchise full of myth and history--the first to win a World Series and the last to cross the color line--and, contend authors Glenn Stout, the series editor of the annual Best American Sportswriting volume, and Richard A. Johnson, curator of the Sports Museum of New England, the most interesting franchise in the history of the game. Their splendid, fully illustrated chronicle, rich with anecdotes, of the club from 1901 to the present makes it hard to argue with the assessment. The Sox have always been interesting--as well as frustrating, enigmatic, contradictory, and thrilling, and Red Sox Century touches all of those bases. This is an exhaustively researched history, but it's also a fan's book, filled with affection and exasperation. Stout and Johnson effectively pepper their narrative with personal reflections and observations from writers such as Peter Gammons, Dan Shaughnessy, and Elizabeth Dooley. They also pick a Red Sox all-century team, make a fine case for Pedro's '99 season as the best ever for a pitcher, compile some requisite stats, and assemble the most complete Sox bibliography ever. About the only thing they don't supply is a good parking place near Fenway. --Jeff Silverman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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There are a lot of photographs included. The book is written by Glenn Stout and Dick Johnson, noted for their collaborations on books about Ted Williams, Joe DiMaggio and Jackie Robinson. This will be my standard reference book, but it's also a book with opinions.
RED SOX CENTURY questions a few long-held beliefs, and fears not treading on sacred Yawkey toes. It goes further than any other book to suggest that Tom Yawkey, more than any other person, held the team back from success. Yawkey ownership clearly dominated Red Sox history, spanning from 1934 until the present, in one form or another. Noting that the Red Sox have so very often been one or two players short, the competition (frequently the Yankees) rarely are. The ultimate goal is, of course, a world championship. The "commitment of the franchise to this goal has not matched the devotion of their fans."
Tom Yawkey was one of the wealthiest men of his time, far wealthier than I had ever realized (the authors calculate the money he inherited in 1933 as being equivalent to somewhere between 4 1/2 and 7 billion dollars today.) His lineage is traced back to Johann Georg Jaky, who came to the new world from Germany in 1736. From time to time, Tom Yawkey paid a lot of money for specific players. The purchase price for Joe Cronin was an unheard of $250,000. Sounds like a lot, but Stout and Johnson translate that into 1999 dollars and the equivalent today would be a staggering $37.5 million!Read more ›
These questions are the same ones asked every year by the faithful Red Sox Nation. The Babe and his curse has dominated the Red Sox since his leaving Boston for the Apple. "Red Sox Century" dives into all things Red Sox, from the glory years between 1901-1918, when the Sox dominated baseball, to the Babe's going to New York, and all the sorrow that has followed it. From Harry Hooper to Teddy Ballgame, Yaz, Dewey, El Tiante, the Rocket, Nomar and Pedro. The heroes, like Fisk in 75, or Yaz's Triple Crown in 67, to the unlucky- Torrez in 78 or Buckner in 86. All are covered in this fascinating book.
"Red Sox Century" is one of the most complete books I've ever seen written on my Carmine Hosed Heroes. The story, like an opera, is compelling, with twists and turns unlike any other franchise in sports. Few teams in any sport offer more drama on any given day than the Red Sox do. Peter Gammons, Dan Shaughnessy, and the authors do a remarkable job bringing the impossible stories to life.
While hard to swollow at times (re-opening old scars), Red Sox fans and fans of baseball alike will find much to marvel at in this book. Great pictures, painstakingly accurate history, a storied franchise. Baseball and the Red Sox are one and the same, and this book covers both marvelously.
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While the "text" portion was very thorough, the photos were a huge disappointment. First of all they are all black and white and not very good. Read morePublished on May 4, 2013 by Carol C. Beplat
im not a great reader and this book is interesting, especially being a red sox fan in the midst of yankee country!Published on January 21, 2013 by Christine Milborrow
If you are a "reader", interested in history, and seek details - this publication will please you to no end.Published on September 6, 2011 by Fred Diana
I am writing this review for anyone who owned the version that went up to 2003 who may be tempted to buy the "Updated, Expanded" version which includes the 2004 World Series... Read morePublished on July 16, 2009 by John F. Jamele
I received Red Sox Century expecting a comprehensive, fair look at the tumultuous history of my favorite team. Read morePublished on October 8, 2008 by Sean P. Holland