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Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Gibson has always been one of baseball's most uncompromising stars. Gibson's no-holds-barred autobiography recounts the story of his life, from barnstorming around the segregated South with Willie Mays' black all stars to his astonishing later career as a three-time World Series winner and one of the game's all-time greatest players.
Posted September 17, 2001
This book by Lonnie Wheeler and Bob Gibson is one of the finest baseball biographies I have ever read. It is replete with interviews from former teammates, adversaries, and friends. It is a remarkable reminder of how the game of baseball was pure in the 60's before the advent of the hitter-dominated game. Yetr I sense a bit of jealously in Gibson when he refers to his biggest nemesis: Sandy Koufax. Gibson argues that Koufax probably had the greatest five years any pitcher has ever had. However, Gibson argues that because it was just five years, his career was more accomplished because of it's longevity. This unnecessary staterment by Gibson reduces my rating of it from five to four stars. It is well known that Koufax accomplished a great deal more in his five unbelievable seasons, than Gibson did in his 11 good seasons. I'll admit 1968 was a spectacular year, but Koufax's 1963, 1965, and 1966 seasons were better. It is a good read however, filled with intelligent commentary from both Gibson and his fellow players.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.