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Hammerin Hank, George Almighty and the Say Hey Kid: The Year That Changed Baseball Forever John Rosengren

Hammerin Hank, George Almighty and the Say Hey Kid: The Year That Changed Baseball Forever

John Rosengren

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ISBN : 9781402209567
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337 pages
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The vivid story of a young Reggie Jackson on Charlie Finleys As and the veteran Willie Mays on Yogis Mets, both destined for the 73 series.-Library JournalThis was the year that the national pastime underwent an extreme makeover.In 1973,MoreThe vivid story of a young Reggie Jackson on Charlie Finleys As and the veteran Willie Mays on Yogis Mets, both destined for the 73 series.-Library JournalThis was the year that the national pastime underwent an extreme makeover.In 1973, baseball was in crisis. The first strike in pro sports had soured fans, American League attendance had fallen, and Americas team-the Yankees-had lost more games and money than ever. Yet that season, five of the games greatest figures rescued the national pastime.Hank Aaron riveted the nation with his pursuit of Babe Ruths landmark home run record in the face of racist threats. George Steinbrenner purchased the Yankees at a bargain basement price and began buying back their faded glory. The American League broke ranks with the National League and introduced the designated hitter, extending the careers of aging stars such as Orlando Cepeda. An elderly and ailing Willie Mays-the icon of an earlier generation-nearly helped the Mets pull off a miracle with the final hit of his career. Reggie Jackson, the MVP of a tense World Series, became the prototype of the modern superstar.The season itself provided plenty of drama served up by a colorful cast of characters. The Mets, managed by Yogi Berra, performed another near miracle, rising from last place in the National League East to win the division and take the As to seven games in the World Series. Pete Rose edged Willie Stargell as the National Leagues MVP in a controversial vote. Hank Aaron chased Babe Ruths landmark 714 record in the face of racial threats. Reggie Jackson, the World Series MVP, solidified his reputation as Mr. October. Willie Mays, arguably the best player of the 50s and 60s, hit the final home run of his career and retired, no longer able to keep pace with the younger players of the next generation. Future Hall of Famers Dave Winfield and George Brett played in their first major league games- Luis Aparicio and Mays played in their last.That one memorable summer changed baseball forever.Its a season-ticket to one of the greatest years in baseball history. John Rosengren has given us one of the most enjoyable baseball books to come along in years.-Jonathan Eig, author of Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig and Opening Day: The Story of Jackie Robinsons First Season