The 70s was my favorite decade watching baseball growing up. Owned by the iconoclastic, mercurial, and perhaps a little mad charles o. The year 1976 was a big one for the united states of america, and major league baseball celebrated the bicentennial along with everyone else. In major league baseball, the 1970s were dominated by a few teams. Louis cardinals second baseman kolten wong applies a late tag during the.
He has covered championships for the west michigan whitecaps and detroit tigers. Pitcher dave mcnally strikes out in nine innings as the baltimore orioles rip the indians, 82, in opening day at cleveland stadium. Peterson interviewed negro league players and scoured old newspapers to put together a 1970 book full of facts that might have. Produced by major league baseball productions, the series was a 30minute baseball themed program airing on saturday mornings, which featured a combination of comedy sketches and major league gueststars, intended to provide. Harrison grad recounts evansville baseball history from. Scott simon talks to author jason turbow about his book on the team, dynastic, bombastic, fantastic. But revelations upon its 1970 debut that players popped pills and had affairs. Several concurrent and former members of the pittsburgh pirates dale berra, lee lacy, lee mazzilli, john milner, dave parker, and rod scurry and other notable major league players willie aikens, vida blue, enos cabell, keith hernandez, jeffrey leonard, tim raines, lonnie smith. Scott simon talks to author jason turbow about his. The oakland as of the 1970s were legendary for their victories and their colorful demeanor.
The machine by joe posnanski about the 1975 cincinnati reds season and their world series victory against the boston red sox. Launched in 1908, baseball magazine, was the leading publication of its time for information on the game of baseball. The death of new york yankees owner george steinbrenner earlier this month may have signaled the last, belated breath of 1970s baseball. Mark spitz was the superstar of the decade, however, with seven gold medals in the 1972 summer olympics. Whos who in baseball was published annually by baseball magazine co. I just got done reading 1970s baseball by joe gershbeck and i thought the book was fantastic. Baby boomers who grew up viewing baseball as a graying, archaic instrument of the establishment had aged and mellowed from their rebellious youth, and were now likely to be season ticket holders at the local ballpark. Espns rob neyer has said of this tome, what the 1960s were to america, the 1970s were to baseball, and dan epstein has finally given us the swinging book the 70s deserve. When ball four was first published in 1970, it hit the sports world like a.
Harrison grad recounts evansville baseball history from 1860s. Up until a decade or so ago, collectors were forced to consult becketts yearly baseball card price guide and other similar publications to find out a cards estimated worth. Good research, pretty good writing and some fun anecdotes that give insights to the many hall of fame andor allstars that made up one of baseball s alltime great hitting machines. See all 9 formats and editions hide other formats and editions. A memoir of lyles tenure with the new york yankees, the book documents the 1978 new york yankees season, including the 1978 world series and conflicts. The ten best topps baseball cards of the 1970s jasoncards. The beckett price guides would list a baseball cards book value, which was basically an informed guess of a select number of experts.
A celebration of our national pastimes greatest decade. Journalist dan epstein has penned a love letter to 1970s baseball entitled big hair and plastic grass. The result was the finest baseball book and one of the best oral. Author joe gersbeck has written a great book about baseball in the 1970s.
The 50 greatest baseball books of all time huffpost. The denver post sports departments favorite sports. Early in the 1960s, 1950sstyle baseball was still in charge. But america of the 1960s evolved into a decade of quick change, if not complete metamorphosis.
Jerry crasnickim going share a few fathers day baseball book tips as the week. Dan epstein on the hairy goofy polyester glory of 1970s baseball. Major league baseball returns to wisconsin after a 4year absence as the brewers play their first game in milwaukee, losing to the california angels 120 before a crowd of 37,237. The lists in the book bring back lots of memories and create a great starting point for debates during a rain delay at the game. Author joe gersbeck has written a great book about baseball in the 1970 s. The book includes a look at each year as well as many interesting tables of baseball statistics. This is the holy grail of baseball book collecting, greene said. The 1947 and 1970 editions of the book which are quite different are both spellbinding. I am a fan of that era and i enjoyed reading each page. Professional baseball in the state was buried deep in the obituary files, minor league football had rasped its last breath and basketball was gasping through one final embarrassing death throe. The oakland as combined 19 mustaches, 1 mule, 1 overpowering owner, and uniforms fit for a softball team to produce a.
Many of the most powerful trends in baseball today have their roots in the 1970s. Baseball entered that decade seriously behind the times in race relations, attitudes toward conformity versus individuality, and the managerplayer relationship. Harrison grad kevin wirthwein has penned a book about the history of baseball in evansville. The book is a diary of boutons 1969 season, spent with the seattle. In 2006, the baseball hall of fame elected its first and only woman, effa manley. The astonishing inside story of the 1978 world champion new york yankees is a nonfiction book written by former major league baseball pitcher sparky lyle and peter golenbock. A funky ride through baseball and america in the swinging 70s. Mar 04, 2017 the oakland as of the 1970s were legendary for their victories and their colorful demeanor. Ball four, by jim bouton 1970 the tellall that rocked baseball. Published in 1912, the first issue featured ty cobb on the cover. Best baseball novels of all time 107 books goodreads. The book ends at a time when most local baseball fans.
Best baseball books the 20 best baseball books ever. The 1970s are rarely ok, never described as a golden era in baseball. Starting in 1916 whos who in baseball was published annually by baseball magazine until 1952 when harris publications took over. Ball four is a book written by former major league baseball pitcher jim bouton in 1970. In the first half of the 1970s no team was more successful than the oakland as. Your onestop reference guide is here for all things baseball during the 19. Pepe is both reminiscent and simplistic as a writer, not exactly a bad combination for a book on 1970s baseball. The book takes us back in terms of players, teams, championship playbyplay, and photos to perhaps one of the greatest eras in all of professional sports. March the chicago white sox unveil new road uniforms with the players names above the number on the back, another innovation by sox owner bill veeck. Celebrating the greatest decade of the national pastime in pictures, stories and stats.
One of the strangest in the good sense that ive met so far on my current tour was standing in. New book about baseball in the 1970s plays it safe indy week. Perez would go on to be a seven time allstar and key member of the big red machine of the 1970s and was later elected to the hall of fame. Baseball s 400% hyperinflation of wages during the 1970s had nothing to do with watergate, opec or the coming ice age. Amazingly, four different reds players won the mvp award in six years. Baseball magazine, launched in 1908, was the leading publication of its time for information on the game of baseball. The pittsburgh drug trials of 1985 were the catalyst for a major league baseballrelated cocaine scandal. The 25 best baseball books of all time, ranked sporting news. He is currently working on a book titled in cobbs shadow. The 1970s oakland as were dynastic, bombastic, fantastic. But 76 would have been a great baseball season anyway. The 1960s were the decade of expansion in major league baseball.
The forgotten careers of crawford, heilmann, and manush. I came across this book when it was referenced in another football book. Tom wolfe wrote that you could never go home again. In 1960, there were 16 major league teams, eight in each league, the same sixteen franchises that had existed since 1901 some of them having moved once or twice in the intervening years. I bought it three years ago and keep going back to it over and over. Harris about baseball cards, primarily ones issued during the 1950s and 1960s, and the players on the cards. Whos who in baseball 2017 keyman collectibles baseball. He worked at the national baseball hall of fame and is an awardwinning writer for the holland sentinel. It was the first book that chronicled the games and stories of the early negro league, and for many years it was the only book on the subject. A history and analysis of the decades best seasons, teams, and players by joe gersbeck at.
Six teams accounted for 18 of the 20 participants in the world series during the decade, and three of them the oakland athletics from 1972 to 1974, the cincinnati reds in 19751976 and the new york yankees in 19771978 won consecutive world series. Baseballs 400% hyperinflation of wages during the 1970s had nothing to do with watergate, opec or the coming ice age. Baseball players in the 1970s may have been short on stats. The sport certainly experienced its share of colorful moments and flashy personalities during the decade, but disco. The great american baseball card flipping, trading and bubble. The baseball bunch is an american educational childrens television series that originally aired in broadcast syndication from august 23, 1980 through the fall of 1985. But there was plenty of sporting potential on display. The great american baseball card flipping, trading and bubble gum book little brown, 1973 is a book written by brendan c. Mar 09, 2020 harrison grad kevin wirthwein has penned a book about the history of baseball in evansville. Ted williams, warren spahn and stan musial were still producing. Ten years later, it was the average salary of the common player.1621 57 1482 1603 1375 416 1140 1469 223 805 801 473 515 343 319 604 288 847 1512 81 1174 432 947 1422 406 1044 479 540 1114 762 1329 607 505