One Strike Away: A Profile of the Boston Red Sox

One Strike Away: A Profile of the Boston Red Sox

by Dan Shaughnessy

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Diehard Red Sox fanswhich means all of themwill want to relive every triumphant and agonizing moment of the latest disaster to befall the team whose uniforms have ``leaded threads of haunting heartbreak woven into the fabric.'' Everything seemed to go right for the Bosox during the season: Roger Clemens was pitching superbly, Jim Rice and Wade Boggs were hitting exceptionally well and Don Baylor had given the team a sense of unity. The Bosox took the lead early in the season, never lost it and then won an exciting playoff against the California Angels to qualify for the World Series. Boston Globe sportswriter Shaughnessy captures the anticipation of players and fans (many of whom hardly dared to hope) and then the accustomed letdown as the Mets won the world championship. A well-done sports replay. Photos not seen by PW. (May)
Library Journal - Library Journal
Rooters for the underdog will enjoy this authoritative, enthusiastic account of how the Boston Red Sox overcame gloomy pre-season predictions, personal tragedies, player injuries, and an omnipresent ``loser mentality'' tradition to come within one strike of winning the World Series. Shaughnessy's insider's view (he covers the team for the Boston Globe ) provides a perspective that fans rarely get: anecdotes about routines of bus and plane travel, player dining preferences, and profiles of key Red Sox players. The book focuses wisely on selected moments of the ultimately disappointing season, from spring training up to the final Series game. Although Boston is still not a world champion, the 1986 season is one worth reading about by fans. Thomas J. Reigstad, English Dept., SUNY Coll. at Buffalo

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Beaufort Books, Incorporated
Publication date:
Peter Weed Bks.
Edition description:
1st ed

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