Talkin' Baseball: An Oral History of Baseball in the 1970sby Phil Pepe
Baseball in the 1970sremember how awesome it was? It was a decade of heroes and upsets and dramatic freeze-frame moments. Never had the game been more exciting. Never did it change so radically. In this wonderful oral history, veteran sportswriter Phil Pepe brings one incredible baseball decade back to life in the words of the guys who playedand livedthe game.
Hear union leader Marvin Miller recount St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Curt Flood's monumental challenge of the iron-clad reserve clause, and the dawning of the age of free agency. Ron Blomberg recalls his time at bat as the game's first Designated Hitter. Earl Weaver and Brooks Robinson describe the Orioles dismantling of The Big Red Machine. Ralph Houk and Rusty Staub relive the actions and antics of Tigers rookie sensation Mark "The Bird" Fidrych. And Diane Munson shares her heart about her husband, Yankee captain Thurman Munson, after he died in a tragic plane crash.
It was the first time a player ever earned a million bucks. Hank Aaron became the all-time home run king. Electronic scoreboards blazed against the night sky. Fans screamed "Ya gotta believe" and sang "We Are Family." All this happened in one amazing decadeand it's all right here in one stupendous book. The memories and the marvels of more than forty voices, from Bernie Carbo, Rennie Stennett, and Mike Torrez, to Tom Seaver, George Steinbrenner, and Reggie JacksonPhil Pepe weaves their recollections into one of the most enjoyable baseball books ever written.
- Random House Publishing Group
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Meet the Author
Longtime New York sportswriter Phil Pepe currently broadcasts a radio sports column called "Pep Talk on New York's CBS-FM (America's #1 radio station). Over the years he has written numerous books about baseball and famous ball players. He also organizes the annual Baseball Writers of America Awards Dinner. Mr. Pepe makes his home in Englewood, New Jersey.
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