When the Game Changed: An Oral History of Baseball's True Golden Age: 1969-1979

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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, ...
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Overview


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 surgery—and 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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“I pitched throughout the era, not knowing the ongoing history of the game as well as I should, but George Castle was on top of his game during that time. George knows baseball history as well as any journalist or author in today’s game and will certainly bring this era to life in this book.”

—Ferguson Jenkins, Hall of Famer and 1971 NL Cy Young Award winner

“I have read all of George Castle’s books, and I can say without hesitation that he is one of those rare individuals who is extremely gifted both as a reporter and a writer. I have also seen George work the Cubs’ clubhouse, and it is clear that he has a rapport with team personnel that no other reporter in Chicago can touch. They trust him and they respect him, which means they will also tell him things they will never dare tell anyone else.”

—Buzz Bissinger, author of Friday Night Lights and Three Nights in August

“I had the wonderful opportunity to play professional baseball over fifteen seasons, and of all the characters in this great game, no one stood out like George Castle. He has always shown to have the most knowledge of anyone when it comes to baseball history. I spent a full season with him on his radio show, Diamond Gems, and his wealth of information on baseball is mindboggling. For those who take the time to read this gem, be prepared to learn more than you ever have about the game.”

 —Doug Glanville, former Phillies and Cubs outfielder and now a NYTimes.com baseball columnist

“From uniforms to facial hair to Afros to strike zones, this decade saw it all. . . .If you’re a baseball fan, and especially one who grew up idolizing the players of the ’70s, this is a must read.”

—Chicago Examiner

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762772438
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/6/2012
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 1,369,082
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

George Castle has covered Major League Baseball, the Chicago Cubs, and the Chicago White Sox for decades for various newspapers and magazines, including the Times of Northwest Indiana. The author of ten books, including Sweet Lou and the Cubs (Lyons Press). 

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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!

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