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Posted June 12, 2010
Not only is this book of great and enjoyable interest to any true baseball fan as it relates a mystery story set in 1907 and woven around the "best team ever," the Tinker to Evers to Chance Chicago Cubs of that season, it delves in great detail into the exotic and little known landmark in New York Harbor just off the Battery, Governors Island. Governors Island was an Army base from the 1790's until the mid 1960's and has recently been given to the City of New York under the care of the National Park Service. it is full of historical buildings and the book delves into one of those, Castle Williams, a dark and gloomy edifice that was constructed in 1809 as a coastal artillery battery and used from at least the Civil War until the Army left the Island in 1966 as a prison for Confederate prisoners of war and then wayward soldiers. The detail of the descriptions of the Castle in the book evince amazing historical research and bring alive those times of long ago when the Cubs were the best team ever.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 7, 2008
Passion for Baseball, Chicago, and historical detail permeates every page of "The Best Team Ever." The reader is immediately transported to the world of Blaine "Kid" Durbin who is embarking on an amazing adventure as a pitcher for the Chicago Cubs in 1907. It is easy to identify with Durbin as he naively learns the ropes of the baseball world and comes into contact with ever increasingly difficult dilemmas from which he learns and grows. <BR/><BR/><BR/>While not devoid of statistical information by any means, this masterpiece contains much more than numbers. Authors Alan Alop and Doc Noel paint an exquisite portrait of a remarkable team that included Tinker, Evers, Chance and "Three Finger Brown." In addition to the emotional highs and lows of this literary roller coaster, the meticulous attention to historical detail is unparalleled. <BR/><BR/><BR/>This novel is the perfect choice for anyone who enjoys Baseball, Chicago, or a good old refreshing glass of Sprudel Water.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.