When the Game Changed: An Oral History of Baseball's True Golden Age: 1969-1979by George Castle
Acclaimed baseball writer George Castle recreates the sport's most revolutionary decade via the memories of those who played, managed, and covered baseball from 1969 to 1979. During these ten years, baseball arose from a sport perceived as slow and old-fashioned (playing second fiddle to the booming NFL) to become faster-paced, more inclusive, and progressive. In
Acclaimed baseball writer George Castle recreates the sport's most revolutionary decade via the memories of those who played, managed, and covered baseball from 1969 to 1979. During these ten years, baseball arose from a sport perceived as slow and old-fashioned (playing second fiddle to the booming NFL) to become faster-paced, more inclusive, and progressive. In addition to a remarkable array of Hall of Famers and budding stars, the era saw rules tweaked to promote offense, free agency, arbitration, the first players' strike, the designated hitter, the first African-American manager, the first all-black and Latin starting lineup, baseball's first $1 million annual salary, the rise of the closer and bullpen specialization, Tommy John surgeryand much, much more. Contributors include: A-list players and managers such as Fergie Jenkins, Billy Williams, Gaylord Perry, Joe Morgan, Tony Perez, Bruce Sutter, Brooks Robinson, Orlando Cepeda, Tom Seaver, Phil Niekro, Jim Rice, Jim Palmer, Bert Blyleven, Tommy John, Lou Piniella, Fred Lynn, Luis Tiant, Earl Weaver, and Sparky Anderson; as well as "everyday" players; coaches; front-office staff; announcers; and sportswriters.
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Meet the Author
George Castle has covered Major League Baseball and the Chicago Cubs since 1980 for a variety of newspapers and magazines, and for the Times of Northwest Indiana, the Chicago area’s fourth-largest daily newspaper. An author of nine books, he hosts and produces a weekly syndicated baseball show, Diamond Gems, which is broadcast on 35 affiliates and a national sports radio Internet network. Castle has become a multimedia purveyor of baseball inside information and analysis, using a network of close clubhouse and front-office relationships to continually produce scoops and informative pieces that outflank other media. He has gotten to knowand gain the trustof almost all of the important figures in Chicago and genearl baseball history. Castle has also appeared on a wide variety of network radioincluding ESPN, Sporting News, and Siriusand local sports-talk radio programs. He was tapped by producers as one of the historical experts on the Cubs for Wait Til’ Next Year: The Saga of the Chicago Cubs, the HBO 2006 special on the team. He lives in Chicago.
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What a disappointment! While this book has its moments, it is eclipsed from being a good read or even great read by the author's negativity and poor organization. While every fan has their preferences, the author here slams certain clubs, cities and omits huge figures in an unforgiveable pattern. Also, the coverage of off-the field issues is poorly clustered at the end, rather than spread throughout the book, making for a "dud" of an ending. Finally, there are numerous, quite numerous typos as if the author didn't bother to proof-read... all the more disturbing when dates and statistical feats are fouled up to the dismay of any true fan. This book is relegated to the cheap seats!