Hammerin' Hank, George Almighty and the Say Hey Kid by John Rosengren

By John Rosengren

"The shiny tale of a tender Reggie Jackson on Charlie Finley's A's and the veteran Willie Mays on Yogi's Mets, either destined for the '73 series." -Library JournalThis used to be the 12 months that the nationwide hobby underwent an severe makeover. In 1973, baseball was once in trouble. the 1st strike in professional activities had soured fanatics, American League attendance had fallen, and America's team-the Yankees-had misplaced extra video games and funds than ever. but that season, 5 of the game's maximum figures rescued the nationwide pastime.Hank Aaron riveted the country together with his pursuit of Babe Ruth's landmark domestic run list within the face of racist threats. George Steinbrenner bought the Yankees at a discount basement cost and started paying for again their light glory. the yankee League broke ranks with the nationwide League and brought the detailed hitter, extending the careers of getting older stars reminiscent of Orlando Cepeda. An aged and in poor health Willie Mays-the icon of an prior generation-nearly helped the Mets pull off a miracle with the ultimate hit of his profession. Reggie Jackson, the MVP of a demanding international sequence, grew to become the prototype of the trendy star. The season itself supplied lots of drama served up through a colourful solid of characters. The Mets, controlled by way of Yogi Berra, played one other close to miracle, emerging from final position within the nationwide League East to win the department and take the A's to seven video games on the planet sequence. Pete Rose edged Willie Stargell because the nationwide League's MVP in a arguable vote. Hank Aaron chased Babe Ruth's landmark 714 list within the face of racial threats. Reggie Jackson, the area sequence MVP, solidified his popularity as Mr. October. Willie Mays, arguably the easiest participant of the '50s and '60s, hit the ultimate domestic run of his occupation and retired, now not capable of continue velocity with the more youthful avid gamers of the following new release. destiny corridor of Famers Dave Winfield and George Brett performed of their first significant league video games; Luis Aparicio and Mays performed of their last.That one memorable summer time replaced baseball forever."It's a season-ticket to 1 of the best years in baseball background. John Rosengren has given us the most stress-free baseball books to return alongside in years."-–Jonathan Eig, writer of Luckiest guy: The existence and loss of life of Lou Gehrig and beginning Day: the tale of Jackie Robinson's First Season

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Reggie’s biggest feat would be prying a $30,000 raise from the tightfisted owner. The A’s did not play like World Champions on Opening Day against the Minnesota Twins. They beat themselves with mistakes, and their stars failed to shine. Second baseman Dick Green botched The Team of the Times | 47 a double play in the first inning, an ominous E-4. Newly acquired Ray Fosse, the “best catcher in the league,” threw the ball into left field trying to catch a runner stealing third. Three more players chipped in with errors.

Only five days earlier, Finley had traded Hendrick, one of the A’s underachieving center fielders in 1972, and catcher Dave Duncan to the Indians. Finley might have expected that Hendrick would credit better visibility of the ball for his three dingers. Instead, Hendrick told Kuhn afterward that he couldn’t pick up the spin on the orange ball the way he could pick up the red seams spinning on a white ball. “I think he did that just to get back at Charlie,” Dick Williams mused. ’”34 Charlie’s cheapness fueled his employees’ contempt.

The starting rotation consisted of Catfish Hunter, Blue Moon Odom, Vida Blue, and Ken Holtzman. The best bullpen in baseball had been strengthened by the additions of Paul Lindblad and Horacio Piña, who joined Darold Knowles and Rollie Fingers. On the strength of his pitching alone, Williams had predicted another World Series win. “We’re going to win it again,” he promised in spring training. ”66 46 | Hammerin’ Hank, George Almighty and the Say Hey Kid On the other half of the battery, Dave Duncan angled for more money as the top catcher.

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