1960: The Last Pure Season

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1960: The Last Pure Season is the most complete work ever about one of baseball?s most glorious campaigns. There was Pittsburgh?s shocking World Series victory over the indomitable Yankees, Ted Williams?s legendary final season, a classic homerun derby, the formation and ultimate disbanding of Branch Rickey?s proposed Continental League, and the birth of baseball?s Twins and Angels. This was the last season when the original National and American League teams were intact; the next year baseball began its ...

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Overview

1960: The Last Pure Season is the most complete work ever about one of baseball’s most glorious campaigns. There was Pittsburgh’s shocking World Series victory over the indomitable Yankees, Ted Williams’s legendary final season, a classic homerun derby, the formation and ultimate disbanding of Branch Rickey’s proposed Continental League, and the birth of baseball’s Twins and Angels. This was the last season when the original National and American League teams were intact; the next year baseball began its expansion which eventually led to baseball “play-offs” and league “Divisions.” It was a time when most of the game’s players earned salaries about twenty-five times that of the average American, compared to 1999, when those salaries were nearly 400 times greater. Keene also details the award winners that year, the moves toward expansion, and includes a chapter on “Reflections of a Year for the Ages.” Changes in team ownership, managers, and stadiums marked the beginnings of many more changes to come during the decade of the ’60s and beyond. In a new prologue, Keene highlights these changes and connects them with today's game in a special tribute to the "boys of summer" of 1960.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781613213575
  • Publisher: Sports Publishing LLC
  • Publication date: 5/9/2013
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 655,890
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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Kerry Keene has written dozens of sports-related articles for newspapers in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, including the Brockton Enterprise, Taunton Daily Gazette, Providence Journal-Bulletin, and Quincy Patriot-Ledger. He is a baseball historian and member of the Society for American Baseball Research and has held a position with the Massachusetts Department of Correction since 1984.

Dick Groat played in the MLB for 15 years and was named National League MVP in 1960. He currently does color commentary for the Pittsburgh Panthers men's basketball team.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2001

    The Last Pure Season

    In 1960, Ted Williams played his last year and Stan Musial was getting close to retirement. This book tells about 51 great players in the league, a couple of lines about each, and an attempt to start another league in 1960. The story of Mazeroski's ninth inning home run to win the World Series of 1960 is great!

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