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The Curse of the Bambino
     

The Curse of the Bambino

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by Dan Shaughnessy
 

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The Boston Red Sox?s loss to the New York Yankees in the final game of last year?s playoffs has been called ?the game of the century,? evidence that the rivalry between the Red Sox and the Yankees is hotter than ever. In the wake of that defeat, author and Boston Globe sports columnist Dan Shaughnessy has updated his bewitching story of the curse that has lain

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The Boston Red Sox?s loss to the New York Yankees in the final game of last year?s playoffs has been called ?the game of the century,? evidence that the rivalry between the Red Sox and the Yankees is hotter than ever. In the wake of that defeat, author and Boston Globe sports columnist Dan Shaughnessy has updated his bewitching story of the curse that has lain over the Red Sox since they sold Babe Ruth to the hated Yankees in 1920. Here he sheds light on classic Sox debacles?from Johnny Pesky?s so- called hesitation throw, to the horrifying dribbler that slithered between Bill Buckner?s legs, to last year?s stunning extra-inning home run that kept the Sox without a World Championship for yet another year. Lively and filled with anecdotes, this is baseball folklore at its best.

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Shaughnessy emerges as something like a jockÆs Hawthorne, evoking the muse and writing of witchcraft, foiled heroism, and the scarlett letter B upon every Red Sox fanÆs breast. (Scott Booth, The National)

A wonderful book that performs magnificently on every levelùas history, as mythology, as drama, and as pure entertainment. (Doris Kearns Goodwin)

The quintessential New England horror story. Read it and weep. (Stephen King)

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Boston Globe sportswriter Shaughnessy contends that the cash sale in 1920 of star Babe Ruth by his team, the Boston Red Sox, to the New York Yankees put a curse on the Beantown franchise that has prevailed for 70 years. In support of that argument, he reviews the history of the team--but with a difference. Most books about the Sox during this era may indulge in necessary masochism; Shaughnessy's is a super-deluxe masochism. He concentrates almost exclusively on end-season and post-season play, discussing in agonizing detail the team's four defeats in the World Series, its lack of success in the only two playoff games in league history, the collapse in the 1988 American League Championship Series--and all those times when the Bosox failed to lead their league or division by a single game or two. In story after story of near-triumph, the book should delight the team's most fanatically loyal followers, who will find it the verbal equivalent of a hair shirt. (June)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780142004760
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/31/2004
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
730,205
Product dimensions:
7.76(w) x 5.00(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
18 - 17 Years

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Shaughnessy emerges as something like a jock's Hawthorne, evoking the muse and writing of witchcraft, foiled heroism, and the scarlett letter B upon every Red Sox fan's breast. (Scott Booth, The National)

A wonderful book that performs magnificently on every levelùas history, as mythology, as drama, and as pure entertainment. (Doris Kearns Goodwin)

The quintessential New England horror story. Read it and weep. (Stephen King)

Meet the Author

Dan Shaughnessy is a sports columnist for the Boston Globe. He is the author of numerous books on Boston’s rich sports history, including Ever Green: The Story of the Boston Celtics and One Strike Away.

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Curse of the Bambino 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Just about everything in this book in regard to Ruth and Frazee has been proven wrong. It is an interesting study in gullibility, but little more, and be forewarned, it has very little to do with the recent HBO special - they were smart enough to use the idea of the book but not its contents.
Guest More than 1 year ago
THE TRAGIC HISTORY OF THE BOSTON RED SOX WRITTEN BY A WRITTER FOR THE BOSTON GLOBE! ALL THE PAINFUL HEARTBREAK IS HERE IN A BOOK THAT IS VERY ENJOYABLE TO READ!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great book for the whole family!!! They loved it. THat's why I give it two bambinos way up!!!