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In the Time of Bobby Cox: The Atlanta Braves, Their Manager, My Couch, Two Decades, and Me Hardcover – Bargain Price, March 1, 2011
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"Atlanta Braves fans will read Lang Whitaker's book to the final page."--Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"A strangely compelling mash-up of memoir and obsession. . . . You don't have to love baseball to be a fan."--Atlanta Magazine
Top Customer Reviews
I was at Bobby's last game in October 2010. I cried like a baby while chanting his name with the rest of Atlanta as he came out and waved his hat one last time. Bobby is my hero and the hero to thousands of Braves fans across America. This was a fitting tribute and just a small piece of Bobby's overwhelmingly huge impact on this city. Oh, and I cried like a baby again reliving that warm October night.
Excellent book. It will sit proudly on my shelf for years to come... after I pass it around to all my fellow fans. GO BRAVES!!
Lang Whitaker's "In the Time of Bobby Cox" is the sort of sports book I love, one in which the sports themselves take a backseat to the personal (in this case, Whitaker's own life over the two decades that Bobby Cox led the Braves). I've noticed one or two reviews that seem befuddled by this, and I understand that a more traditional history of the Braves from the time period might be more desired by some. But I'm a sucker for authors who manage to inject themselves into the material, as a way of reflecting back to us why it is that they cared so much, and Whitaker succeeds in that regard.
In chapter headings which seem to group seemingly unrelated concepts (i.e., "why Greg Maddux is like taking a cross-country trip with your grandparents"), Whitaker ties together the obsession of his life(the Braves) with events in his life, often showing how that devotion to the team shaped his responses to life's little trials. Perhaps the most illuminating of these is the next-to-last chapter, in which Whitaker details his attempts to start a family while discussing recent Braves phenom Jayson Hayward (think I got the spelling right).Read more ›
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Good read, I actually didn't mind the personal stories other than the fact that they didn't really relate to the noted player in the chapter. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Derek E Ferguson
My brother was very excited getting this for xmas. I was very happy he was happy.Published 7 months ago by Zeph
This is an entertaining bathroom read. The author strikes gold when he reminisces about Braves players and Bobby Cox, but the life lessons and linkages to his own life don't... Read morePublished on February 11, 2012 by Mark Clegg
I bought this based on downloading the sample chapter for Kindle. Big mistake. I should have gone with my gut knowing how bland and boring the Atlanta Braves have been despite... Read morePublished on December 21, 2011 by Brian Maitland
THIS IS A BOOK BY LANG WHITAKER WHO WAS A DEVOTED FAN OF THE ATLANTA BRAVES FOR MANY YEARS. HIS DOES DISCUSS BOBBY COX FROM TIME TO TIME BUT HE MOSTLY WRITES ABOUT HIS CAREER OF... Read morePublished on June 10, 2011 by COOL JEWEL