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Posted September 26, 2008
The psyche of a Phillie fan is in their roots!
If you're sole purpose is to read about the '77 Phillie heartbreak, this book is not for you. For any Philadelphian with appreciation of the history of the Phillies & the city, you will relish this book. Mitch Nathanson begins each chapter with a chorological inning of that infamous NLCS Game # 3, at Veterans Stadium. Next, the chapter provides a supplement of the social history of Philadelphia. Nathanson focuses on the relationship between the city & the Phillies. The city is described from the early 19th century until 1980. The infamous 'Black Friday' game occurred when Los Angeles starting pitcher Burt Hooton lost his control & composure. Oddly, he was rattled off the mound that afternoon, by the raucous Philadelphia crowd. Hours later (only in Philadelphia), the Phillies who attained the best record in baseball that season inscribed their own names (with help from a controversial call by first-base umpire Bruce Froemming) on their gravestones as they were defeated by the Dodgers, in the final inning, in a key game of the series. Nathanson covered non-1977 baseball topics such as the following: baseball roots in Philadelphia the birth, rise, & fall of the Philadelphia A's (in particular the Mack family) & the rise of the Phillies competitive imbalance structure of baseball famous collapse from the 1964 club along with manager Gene Mauch construction of Veterans Stadium the acquisition of Dave Cash to inspire a 'Yes We Can' chant the reacquisition of Dick Allen repercussions which followed that fateful season & the 1980 World Champs. A broad range of topics on the city vary from: the impact the Erie Canal diminished the Philadelphia population New York City surpassed Philadelphia in financial supremacy plans to build the United Nations in Philadelphia Ed Bacon, Philadelphia's chief planner for two decades during the critical postwar period, The Young Turks, the tenure of city administrators social rebirth of Philadelphia which includes Center City & Society Hill & the MOVE fiasco.
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