Big Hair and Plastic Grass: A Funky Ride Through Baseball and America in the Swinging '70s

Big Hair and Plastic Grass: A Funky Ride Through Baseball and America in the Swinging '70s

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by Dan Epstein
     
 

ISBN-10: 0312607547

ISBN-13: 9780312607548

Pub. Date: 05/25/2010

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

The Bronx Is Burning meets Chuck Klosterman in this wild pop-culture history of baseball's most colorful and controversial decade

The Major Leagues witnessed more dramatic stories and changes in the ‘70s than in any other era. The American popular culture and counterculture collided head-on with the national

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The Bronx Is Burning meets Chuck Klosterman in this wild pop-culture history of baseball's most colorful and controversial decade

The Major Leagues witnessed more dramatic stories and changes in the ‘70s than in any other era. The American popular culture and counterculture collided head-on with the national pastime, rocking the once-conservative sport to its very foundations. Outspoken players embraced free agency, openly advocated drug use, and even swapped wives. Controversial owners such as Charlie Finley, Bill Veeck, and Ted Turner introduced Astroturf, prime-time World Series, garish polyester uniforms, and outlandish promotions such as Disco Demolition Night. Hank Aaron and Lou Brock set new heights in power and speed while Reggie Jackson and Carlton Fisk emerged as October heroes and All-Star characters like Mark "The Bird" Fidrych became pop icons. For the millions of fans who grew up during this time, and especially those who cared just as much about Oscar Gamble's afro as they did about his average, this book serves up a delicious, Technicolor trip down memory lane.

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ISBN-13:
9780312607548
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
05/25/2010
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
9.56(w) x 6.56(h) x 1.15(d)

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Big Hair and Plastic Grass: A Funky Ride Through Baseball and America in the Swinging '70s 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you are or know of a baseball fan who remembers the 70's, you need to buy this book. I read it in two days, and I was sorry when it ended. I remember a good number of the games described, but there was plenty I didn't know--and I'm a pretty fanatical fan. I read some of the anecdotes out loud for my fiance, who is only recently a baseball fan, and it made her laugh. An absolute delight from the first page to the last.
SlapShot62 More than 1 year ago
This book covered my "formative" years with the game of baseball. Coming off the Miracle Mets of 1969, I was hooked as a youngster as the 1970s began. Epstein does a great job highlighting each year and the major events that occurred, as well as throwing in separate chapters on a variety of trends and social highlights of the times. This decade covered my life from the age of 8 through high school, so it was a huge hit for me. Even if you were born after the 1970s, you will love this book. Personally, it was fun to relive baseball and my youthful memories while reading this book.
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