When Boston Won the World Series

When Boston Won the World Series

by Bob Ryan
     
 

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The year 2003 marks the 100th anniversary of the first World Series, in which the upstart Boston squad of the fledgling American League triumped over the Pittsburgh Pirates of the time-honored National League. Starring such legendary players as Boston's Cy Young and Bill Dinneen, and Pittsburgh's Honus Wagner and Deacon Phillippe, When Boston Won the World

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The year 2003 marks the 100th anniversary of the first World Series, in which the upstart Boston squad of the fledgling American League triumped over the Pittsburgh Pirates of the time-honored National League. Starring such legendary players as Boston's Cy Young and Bill Dinneen, and Pittsburgh's Honus Wagner and Deacon Phillippe, When Boston Won the World Series chronicles with stirring detail the events that led up to baseball's first Fall Classic: the 1901 creation of the American League, its roster "raids" against National League teams, the sea change of public interest that caused the American League to outsell the National by 500,000 tickets, and the subsequent concession of the Nationals. The resulting handshake deal established a season-ending series which would determine the best baseball team in the world.

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Publishers Weekly
Ryan didn't have to stray too far from the Boston Globe offices to pen this brief history of the 1903 World Series champion Boston Americans. For a firsthand account of the team, players and series, Ryan relies almost exclusively on the 1903 Globe and its top baseball writer of the era, Tim Murnane. Luckily, Murnane is a scribe worthy of the task Ryan appoints him. Although he can be biased, Murnane's insider perspective and stylish writing, aided by an impressive collection of illustrations and photographs, portray a time when Boston was the hub not only of American culture but also of the national pastime. Ryan picks up where Murnane leaves off, maintaining the flow of events from the beginning of the 1903 season to the last out of the World Series and beyond. He succeeds thanks to timely references to current baseball personalities (Joe Torre, Peter Gammons, etc.), and by complementing Murnane's turn-of-the-century vernacular with more modern phrases like "small ball" and "old school." Like Murnane, he focuses his attention on Boston (Pittsburgh, Boston's opponents, are first mentioned in chapter five), giving the book a defiantly one-sided take on its main focus, the first World Series. Instead of intending this as a slight, Ryan paints it as a fitting celebration of a team and a city that, despite it being close to a century since they ruled the baseball world, cherish their decisive roles in creating one of America's most proud and long-standing traditions. (Apr.) Forecast: This is one of three titles on the 1903 World Series, and Running Press is actively trying to put this in front, with a 40,000 first printing and $25,000 marketing campaign; it is also a Book-of-the-Month Club selection. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780762418404
Publisher:
Running Press Book Publishers
Publication date:
03/29/2004
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
5.56(w) x 8.24(h) x 0.56(d)

Meet the Author

Bob Ryan, author of 15 books, has written passionately about sports for more than 30 years.

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