Pennant Race

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The companion piece to his baseball classic The Long Season, Jim Brosnan's Pennant Race recounts the game-by-game lives of the Cincinnati Reds during their pennant-winning 1961 season—as only Mr. Brosnan could write it. He was a pitcher with Cincinnati that season, but also (as The Long Season had proved) one of the sharpest and wittiest writers baseball ever produced. His insider's account concentrates on how and why the Reds won the pennant that year. But as with The Long Season, Mr. Brosnan displays an uncanny...

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Overview

The companion piece to his baseball classic The Long Season, Jim Brosnan's Pennant Race recounts the game-by-game lives of the Cincinnati Reds during their pennant-winning 1961 season—as only Mr. Brosnan could write it. He was a pitcher with Cincinnati that season, but also (as The Long Season had proved) one of the sharpest and wittiest writers baseball ever produced. His insider's account concentrates on how and why the Reds won the pennant that year. But as with The Long Season, Mr. Brosnan displays an uncanny knack for capturing the alternating excitement and tedium of a baseball season, its colorful characters, and the droll and uproarious aspects of everyday baseball. "One of the best baseball books ever written. If we allow it to be called a diary, it is probably one of the best American diaries as well. Jim Brosnan is a gifted observer.... His book is beautifully constructed, helped no end by the essential unity and chronology of a baseball season, and strengthened by a central theme: the increasing possibility that the Reds will win the pennant.... The book bristles with pungent dialogue, some of it hilarious, some bitter."—Arnold Hano, New York Times Book Review. "As the Samuel Pepys of the league champions, Brosnan obviously knows his baseball, writes about it wittily, informally and with irony. He is a cynical, tough professional athlete and his book makes wonderful reading for anyone who knows the difference between Chris Pelekoudas and Charles McCabe."—William Hogan, San Francisco Chronicle.

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Editorial Reviews

San Francisco Chronicle
Wonderful reading [from] the Samuel Pepys of the league champions.
Herald Tribune
Jim Brosnan is a gifted observer.... His book is beautifully constructed.
Chicago Tribune
Brosnan...with verve and humor...provides the type of insight into...the game that sportswriters can only dream of.
The New York Times
One of the best baseball books ever written...probably one of the best American diaries as well.
The New Yorker
...Brosnan obviously knows his baseball, writes about it wittily, informally and with irony. He is a cynical, tough professional athlete and his book makes wonderful reading...
HERALD TRIBUNE
One of the best baseball books ever written...Jim Brosnan is a gifted observer... His book is beautifully constructed...
THE NEW YORKER
...Brosnan obviously knows his baseball, writes about it wittily, informally and with irony. He is a cynical, tough professional athlete and his book makes wonderful reading...
The Oregonian
...A journal of the Reds' improbable march to the 1961 National League Championship.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781566635493
  • Publisher: Dee, Ivan R. Publisher
  • Publication date: 12/28/2003
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 586,460
  • Product dimensions: 5.48 (w) x 8.22 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author

Jim Brosnan pitched in the major leagues for the Chicago Cubs, the Cincinnati Reds, the St. Louis Cardinals, and the Chicago White Sox, and was a sports commentator for ABC. His other books include The Long Season and Great Baseball Pitchers. He lives in Morton Grove, Illinois, outside of Chicago.

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  • Posted September 26, 2010

    A great read for a baseball fan

    One of the best baseball books ever written. Written from an insiders point of view, Jim Brosnan was a relief pitcher, you'll get a real feel for the day by day of a major league ballplayer.

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