The Phillies Reader / Edition 2

The Phillies Reader / Edition 2

by Richard Orodenker
     
 

An anthology of some of the best writing about the up-and-down history of the Philadelphia Phillies, this updated paperback edition features several new essays-including one about Citizens Bank Park-and the team's recent history. The stories herein provide fans with some of the best sportswriting about the woes and triumphs of Phillies baseball.

The Phillies Reader

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An anthology of some of the best writing about the up-and-down history of the Philadelphia Phillies, this updated paperback edition features several new essays-including one about Citizens Bank Park-and the team's recent history. The stories herein provide fans with some of the best sportswriting about the woes and triumphs of Phillies baseball.

The Phillies Reader features essays on the athletic achievements of such legendary players as Chuck Klein, Richie Ashburn, Dick Allen, and Mike Schmidt; the political turmoil surrounding the "ok" from manager Ben Chapman to "ride" Jackie Robinson about the color of his skin; the bizarre shooting of Eddie Waitkus; the heroics of the Whiz Kids; the heartbreak of '64; and the occasional triumphs and frequent travails of controversial managers Gene Mauch, Frank Lucchesi, and Danny Ozark. It asks why fans boo great players such as Del Ennis, but forgave Pat Burrell for his horrendous 2003 slump.

Featuring essays by Red Smith, Pete Dexter, Roger Angell, and James Michener, among others, The Phillies Reader presents a compendium of Phillies literature that reveals what it is that makes legends.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781592133987
Publisher:
Temple University Press
Publication date:
04/28/2005
Edition description:
1
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

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Table of Contents

Early years
Delahanty hits four home runs15
Young Cy vs. the Phillies17
How I lost the 1915 World Series20
When Casey was a Phillie26
Futile Phils
The pitchless wonders37
Klein hits four home runs40
The doormats of the loop44
Nugent shows them, instead47
Phillies in black and white
The all-black Phillies?53
"We doan need no niggers here"56
Phillies warned on "riding" Jackie63
Major league "dozens" playing67
Johnny Kennedy71
Whiz kids
Eddie Waitkus75
The whiz kids come of age80
Game two, 195085
First Robin of fling (Robin Roberts)89
The Nebraska comet (Richie Ashburn)96
Baseball eye99
The tragedy of the Phillies104
The Mauch years
The many moods of Mauch125
The Dalton Gang rides again129
What it feels like to lose 23 in a row133
Something special (Dick Allen)135
Jim Bunning : daddy's day pitcher139
A week with the Phillies145
Out with a whimper162
The survivors of '64 : Johnny Callison171
Uecker's (next-to) last hurrah177
The Lucchesi interlude
Thoroughly modern Phillies189
The quality of mercy is not strained192
The axman Cometh (Frank Lucchesi)196
The Ozark era
Schmidt hits four home runs205
A flag for Betsy Ross's town?209
The ten-minute collapse213
Life and death through the years with the Phillies216
Schmidt just made it look easy220
Thin mountain air (Steve Carlton)225
The wizard of Oze, through the years (Danny Ozark)241
Championship seasons
1980 : it wasn't pretty but it sure was fun249
Those malevolent Phillies262
What money hath (and hathn't) wrought266
Bah, humbug!271
The Amtrak series275
Long-haired aliens cross the border281
Game four : when four hours, 14 minutes and 14 runs weren't enough284
New century, new stadium
Three poems about four hall of famers305
The truth about Bill Veeck and the 1943 Phillies308
You can go home again332
Why did they boo Del Ennis?341
Mind games346
An appealing place, at least on the inside356

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