Bash Brothers: A Legacy Subpoenaed [NOOK Book]


Mark McGwire and Jose Canseco-the Bash Brothers-ushered in a new era of muscle-bound power hitters in baseball in the late 1980s. Suddenly balls were flying out of the parks like never before, and the rest of baseball stood up, took notice, and followed suit. Baseball's bodybuilding revolution, with its resultant steroid infestation, was here to stay, and many experts today point to these two players as a large reason why.

Author Dale Tafoya ...
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Mark McGwire and Jose Canseco-the Bash Brothers-ushered in a new era of muscle-bound power hitters in baseball in the late 1980s. Suddenly balls were flying out of the parks like never before, and the rest of baseball stood up, took notice, and followed suit. Baseball's bodybuilding revolution, with its resultant steroid infestation, was here to stay, and many experts today point to these two players as a large reason why.

Author Dale Tafoya has interviewed more than 150 teammates, coaches, scouts, and friends who knew McGwire and Canseco during that era, including former A's general manager Sandy Alderson, former team president Roy Eisenhardt, former commissioner Fay Vincent, Hall-of-Fame closer Dennis Eckersley, and 2004 Ford C. Frick award-winning legendary broadcaster Lon Simmons. They provide first-person commentary on what living and playing with the larger-than-life duo was like, and relate the shock and awe that followed both players and the team as well.

Tafoya also investigates the players' pre-Oakland careers, how they exploded upon reaching the majors with the A's, and what happened when the two moved on. While Canseco has admitted his steroid use, McGwire ducked the question when Congress asked about his use by saying, "I am not here to discuss the past." Tafoya investigates the claims of each.

The Bash Brothers revolutionized baseball; Tafoya discusses whether it was for better or for worse and paints a colorful portrait of the duo's rise to popularity and their ensuing exposure and shame. Bash Brothers: A Legacy Subpoenaed is the first book to fully investigate how these two players helped shape baseball for years to come.
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"Bash Brothers is a gritty, edgy, well-researched chronicle of the rise and fall of Mark McGwire and Jose Canseco. Tafoya grabs hold of the subject and doesn't let go until every question is answered."

"Tafoya has done what seems to be fairly exhaustive research and interviews, and the book presents a fairly meaty picture of a tumultuous time in baseball that is already being shoved by some into the mists of forgotten memory...[It] will be an incredible resource for historians and writers 20 and 50 years down the road who are still trying to make sense of it all."

“Takes the inside story to the fans…but maintains objectivity about the actions of José Canseco and Mark McGwire.”

“…this exhaustive account will be fresh to even the most seasoned of fans.”

“Incisive and compelling…a must-read…Tafoya tells their story in exquisite detail”

"...a real work of journalism...a remarkable 'inside' work told in straightforward fashion, with some intriguing information and anecdotes about McGwire and Canseco."

"Given our newfound chemical knowledge about baseball, the Bash Brothers era of the Oakland A's has cried out for a retrospective. Dale Tafoya has answered the cry. This is a no-nonsense, non-judgmental, well-reported book."

"The Bash Brothers, Jose Canseco and Mark McGwire, are a human drama--or tragedy--starting as symbols of a new power surge in baseball and morphing into symbols of the steroids era. Dale Tafoya has captured the whole story in his engrossing book."

"Dale Tafoya takes us back to a wonderfully enchanting time in baseball, particularly in the Bay Area--and, with exacting detail, tells the story we all missed."

"Wow! This was a trip through Memory Lane for me. A true blast from the past! The 1980s brought back to life; Jose and Big Mac, warts, glory and all. The transformation of McGwire from choir boy to Hells Angel. Canseco's ego was almost too big for the book, but Dale Tafoya harnessed it. Great work!"

"Rather than merely bashing the Bash Brothers—easy targets with their surreal size and steroid-fueled careers—Dale Tafoya treats them with a more gracious account of their deeds and misdeeds than they themselves have offered. By hewing to objectivity, Tafoya does the best job so far of trying to understand what motivated Mark McGwire and Jose Canseco during their dramatic rise and fall, from wildly popular superstars to disgraced outcasts who took baseball down a sordid path."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781612343839
  • Publisher: Potomac Books Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/30/2008
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Growing up in the San Francisco Bay area, Dale Tafoya witnessed the Bash Brothers electrify crowds with majestic, game-swaying home runs. Tafoya has written baseball articles for several newspapers, magazines, and websites since 2000 and was awarded the 2004 Best Sports Feature Story in Northern California by the Journalism Association of Community Colleges. He is now a freelance journalist and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Francis Thomas "Fay" Vincent, Jr. (born May 29, 1938 in Waterbury, Connecticut) is a former entertainment lawyer and sports executive who served as the 8th commissioner of Major League Baseball from September 13, 1989 to September 7, 1992.

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Table of Contents

Foreword   Fay Vincent     ix
Acknowledgments     vii
Introduction     ix
Baby Basher     1
"Do It For The Money!"     14
He Did It His Way     24
Big Check     37
A Juicy Promise     51
Meet Roy Hobbs     61
Getting Stronger     75
Muscle Ball     91
Brash Brother     101
Marco-Solo     112
Passing the Mantle     123
The Bash Brothers     130
Distant Brothers     149
A Fading Star     153
Back For the Future     170
End of an Era     183
Small Market, Big Muscles     192
Decade of Late Bloomers     205
Exposed     222
A Legacy Subpoenaed     238
Bibliography     249
Index     255
About the Author     259
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2008

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    'Bash Brothers,' by investigative journalist Dale Tafoya, is a must-read for anyone considering emulating his sports heroes by injecting the poison known as anabolic steroids. DON'T. As Mr. Tafoya's brilliant probe into the seamy subculture of steroid abuse and pro sports convincingly proves, steroid use, best exemplified by the disgraced Mark Canseco and Mark McGwire, anabolic steroids will temporarily enhance your athletic talent, but the eventual, permanent price you will have to pay is not worth the ephemeral advantage you will gain over your fellow athletes. Canseco and McGwire are already paying the price for their folly. Their reputations are ruined, their chances at becoming celebrity spokesmen for commercial products are as likely as Queen Latifah endorsing Jennie Craig's diet meals, and the only way they can hope to gain admission to the Hall of Fame is through the back door where they may find work as janitors. Mr. Tafoya's work deserves special praise for serving as a warning for any youngsters (some as young as middle school students!) who are considering following their sports heroes' leads by injecting themselves with toxic substances that will turn them into sports superstars today but in later years land them on a waiting list for a liver transplant, since steroids' favorite lunch meat is human livers. (Remember Mickey Mantle?) Please read this book, then throw the syringe filled with poison into the trash, where Mssrs. Canseco's and McQwire's reputations and (non-existent) future careers already reside. Remember, the liver you save may be your own. My email address is listed in box #4 below. I would love to read feedback from other readers on this topic, regardless of whether you agree or disagree with me. Thank you. Sincerely, Frank Sanello author 'Tweakers: How Crystal Meth Is Ravaging Gay America.'

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