Seasons in Hell: With Billy Martin, Whitey Herzog and "The Worst Baseball Team in History"" [NOOK Book]

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You think your team is bad? In this landmark work on one of the most tortured franchises in baseball, one reporter discovers that nine innings can feel like an eternity.

In early 1973, gonzo sportswriter Mike Shropshire agreed to cover the Texas Rangers for the Fort-Worth Star-Telegram, not realizing that the Rangers were arguably the worst team in baseball history. Seasons in Hell is a riotous, candid, irreverent behind-the-scenes account in ...
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Overview

You think your team is bad? In this landmark work on one of the most tortured franchises in baseball, one reporter discovers that nine innings can feel like an eternity.

In early 1973, gonzo sportswriter Mike Shropshire agreed to cover the Texas Rangers for the Fort-Worth Star-Telegram, not realizing that the Rangers were arguably the worst team in baseball history. Seasons in Hell is a riotous, candid, irreverent behind-the-scenes account in the tradition of The Bronx Zoo and Ball Four, following the Texas Rangers from Whitey Herzog’s reign in 1973 through Billy Martin’s tumultuous tenure. Offering wonderful perspectives on dozens of unique (and likely never-to-be-seen-again) baseball personalities, Seasons in Hell recounts some of the most extreme characters ever to play the game and brings to life the no-holds-barred culture of major league baseball in the mid-seventies.
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  • BN ID: 2940149514007
  • Publisher: Diversion Books
  • Publication date: 3/25/2014
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 208,969
  • File size: 11 MB
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  • Posted January 17, 2015

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    Rating:   4 of 5 stars (very good) Review: When a young spor

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    Review:
    When a young sportswriter received the news that he was going to be working on the Texas Rangers’ beat in 1973, he didn’t really know what to expect.  That sportswriter, Mike Shropshire, ended up writing about that assignment in this hilarious book about what was arguably one of the worst baseball teams in the history of the game.   




    That season the Rangers finished with 105 losses and was managed by Whitey Herzog, who would later achieve more success managing the Kansas City Royals and St. Louis Cardinals.  The bulk of the stories and book is centered on this 1973 team and many of the quotes that Herzog has in this book, especially on the abilities and skills of his players, is reason alone to invest some time in this book.




    This is not a new topic for books – the inside stories, some of which are not family-friendly, of a major league baseball team.  However, unlike other books that have been written by players, I felt that this version of that theme, from the vantage of a writer who travels with the team and has to submit a story every day during the season, gave the reader a different perspective.  Instead of simply telling everything that happened to him, Shropshire’s version of these wacky stories has the feel of being that “fly on the wall” – and it is a very funny version.




    Even after that terrible season, the book stays as funny as ever when Billy Martin becomes the new Rangers manager.  Anyone who knows about Martin’s history for drinking and fighting will appreciate these stories as well. They stay in the same short, compact format that makes the book easy to read and enjoy.




    While it is entertaining, there are editing and factual errors that pop up and were a distraction for me.   One is the misspelling of names such as “Mohammad” Ali and Don “Larson” instead of Larsen, the correct spelling of the man who pitched the only perfect game in a World Series.  Even worse, when Jim Bibby threw a no-hitter for one of the few bright spots in that 1973 season for the Rangers, Shropshire mentions that it is the third no-hitter in the Senators-Rangers franchise history.  He even lists the other two – Walter Johnson in 1920 and Bobby Burke in 1931.  Problem is – that Washington Senators franchise did not become the Rangers, but instead moved to Minnesota and became the Twins in 1961.  The franchise that became the Rangers was the “new” Washington Senators that started play in 1961 to replace the team that left for the Twin Cities.




    While these errors may take away from the historical accuracy, history is not what this book is about.  It is about sharing funny stories about a team that was one of the worst the game has seen.  In that context, this book is certainly worth reading as the reader will be entertained from the first page to the last. 




    Pace of the book:  
    This was a very quick read as I completed it in less than two hours of total reading time.  It was a page turner for me because it was so entertaining.




    Do I recommend?  
    Yes, to baseball fans who enjoy humorous stories will enjoy this as it is geared toward readers who enjoyed books such as “Ball Four” and “The Bronx Zoo.”

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