The Last Real Season: A Hilarious Look Back at 1975 - When Major Leaguers Made Peanuts, the Umpires Wore Red, and Billy Martin Terrorized Everyone [NOOK Book]

Overview

There are baseball books and there are baseball books.

But for the baseball cognoscenti, there are just a few "must-have" classics: BALL FOUR by Jim Bouton. THE LONG SEASON by Jim Brosnan. WILLIE'S TIME by Charles Einstein. And SEASONS IN HELL by Mike Shropshire, which was a hilarous first-person account of Mike's travails serving as a daily beat writer covering the hapless...
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The Last Real Season: A Hilarious Look Back at 1975 - When Major Leaguers Made Peanuts, the Umpires Wore Red, and Billy Martin Terrorized Everyone

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Overview

There are baseball books and there are baseball books.

But for the baseball cognoscenti, there are just a few "must-have" classics: BALL FOUR by Jim Bouton. THE LONG SEASON by Jim Brosnan. WILLIE'S TIME by Charles Einstein. And SEASONS IN HELL by Mike Shropshire, which was a hilarous first-person account of Mike's travails serving as a daily beat writer covering the hapless 1972 Texas Rangers.

Now, in The Last Real Season, Shropshire captures the essence of a different time and different place in baseball, when the average salary for major leaguers was only $27,600...when the ballplayers' drug of choice was alcohol, not steroids...when major leaguers sported tight doubleknit uniforms over their long-hair and Afros...and on July 28th, 1975, the day that famed Detroit resident Jimmy Hoffa went missing, the Detroit Tigers started a losing streak of 19 games in a row. On the day that the Tigers blew a 4-run lead in the bottom of the ninth, Shropshire recalls: "I drank three bottles of Stroh's beer in less than a minute and wrote that 'Jimmy Hoffa will show up in the left field stands with Amelia Earhart as his date before the Tigers will win another game.'"

And so it goes. Filled with just the kind of wonderful baseball stories that real fans crave, this is the funniest baseball book of the year.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780446537094
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/14/2008
  • Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 574,468
  • File size: 331 KB

Meet the Author

Don Imus on Seasons in Hell:


"The single funniest sports book I have ever read."


MIKE SHROPSHIRE is a longtime sports columnist who has written for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, The Dallas Morning News, Playboy and Sports Illustrated.

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  • Posted October 27, 2008

    HORRIBLE

    This author must really think that the more crass and insulting towards deceased ballplayers, writers and/or announcers he can be, the more entertaining his writing may become. His accounts are patently misrepresented with more factual errors than I could count (a simple perusal of Retrosheet.org was easy enough for me, obviously not for him). Very disappointing and I gave up on it after 125 pages. Couldn't even bring myself to put it into the used book box. This one goes right to recycling.

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  • Posted April 18, 2011

    Not about 1975,but of the Texas Rangers season.

    Would liked to have more stories about what the players were up to. Not a bad read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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