The rip-roaring story of baseball’s most unlikely champions
From 1949–1958, the New York Yankees won the World Series seven times. And in 1957, the last team anybody would have thought of to challenge New York City’s baseball supremacy would have been Milwaukee. But who better to beat the Yankees than the Midwest guys at the corner bar? The Braves became America’s team, a happy band where color and the Cold War didn’t matter, where the Cold One created the close bond between the fans and the team. Young sluggers Hank Aaron and Eddie Mathews proved that brotherhood meant as much as home runs. Legendary pitcher Warren Spahn teamed with Yankee-killer Lew Burdette for a climactic finish. ‘Bushville’ was ready to strike a blow for the rest of America, and the Milwaukee Braves were about to turn the sports world upside down.
|Publisher:||St. Martin's Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.50(w) x 9.34(h) x 1.12(d)|
About the Author
John Klima is the author of Willie's Boys: The 1948 Birmingham Black Barons, The Last Negro League World Series, and The Making of a Baseball Legend (Wiley, 2009). His story, Deal of the Century, was selected by When Pride Still Mattered: Lombardi author David Maraniss to appear in the 2007 edition of The Best American Sports Writing. Klima's work has also appeared in The New York Times, Yahoo! Sports, ESPN.com and The Los Angeles Times. A former national baseball columnist and minor league radio play-by-play announcer, Klima is also a professionally trained baseball scout and graduate of the Major League Baseball Scout Development Program. He holds a degree in cultural anthropology and spent his boyhood summers sitting in the outfield cheap seats of Milwaukee County Stadium.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The book provides an excellant background for someone familiar with baseball but not that familiar with Milwaukee or the expansion of baseball to the Midwest and West Coast. I also liked that the author discussed the relationships between Aaron, Burdette and Mathews. It was a fairly fast read and very enjoyable but left me wanting a little more info on the other players as well!