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

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

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by George Castle
     
 

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An authoritative look back at the decade that brought
America’s favorite game into the modern era

Acclaimed baseball writer and radio host George Castle recreates the sport’s most revolutionary decade via the memories of those who played, managed, and covered baseball from 1969 to 1979. In addition to a remarkable array of Hall of

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An authoritative look back at the decade that brought
America’s favorite game into the modern era

Acclaimed baseball writer and radio host George Castle recreates the sport’s most revolutionary decade via the memories of those who played, managed, and covered baseball from 1969 to 1979. In addition to a remarkable array of Hall of Famers and budding stars, the era saw numerous major changes. Rules were 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—the list of topics discussed in this book by baseball’s participants of the 1970s goes on.

    

Contributors include: A-List players and managers like 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; “everyday” players; coaches; front-office staff; announcers; and sportswriters.

Praise for George Castle and his books:

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781599219332
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
10/05/2010
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.40(d)

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Meet the Author

George Castle has covered Major League Baseball and the Chicago Cubs 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), he hosts and produces a nationally syndicated weekly radio show about baseball, Diamond Gems

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When the Game Changed: An Oral History of Baseball's True Golden Age: 1969--1979 2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
MikeMcCann More than 1 year ago
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!