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Sweet '60: The 1960 Pittsburgh Pirates (The SABR Digital Library) (Volume 10) Paperback – April 2, 2013
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How I do remember many of the guys featured in this book. It brings back some of the greatest memories of my youth and my beloved Pirates.
As Bob "The Gunner" Prince' the Pirates play-by-play guy at the time, would say when the Pirates won a game: "How Sweet It Is!"
Tthis is just what this book is for any fan of the Pittsburgh Pirates past, present, and even future.
A couple of minor problems. First is that there is a glaring factual error on the very first page. Jan Finkel claims Vern Law was absent during the 1952 and 1953 campaigns due to serving his Mormon mission. That's not true - Law was in the military at that point and never actually went on a mission.
The toughest assignment had to be writing Clemente's bio. What else is there to say? There are a handful of full length books that have already been written about him. Stew Thornley tackles the subject gamely in about 15 pages. Overall, he does a fine job. But, at some points and editor should've stepped in as Thornley gets bogged down in irrelevant details - for example there's a paragraph about a finger injury that caused Clemente to miss some games in May 1955.
A lack of editing is the biggest of all these small flaws. The individual player bios are meant to be stand alone pieces. Which is fine. The problem is that a rundown (sometimes brief and sometimes not so brief) of the 1960 World Series is included in practically every player's bio. Those details are necessary in a stand alone sketch. But in a book of this magnitude, the editor(s) should've stepped in to tighten up the descriptions of the 1960 Series to make it less repetitive.