Bottom of the 33rd LP: Hope, Redemption, and Baseball's Longest Game

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Harper Collins, May 3, 2011 - Sports & Recreation - 438 pages
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On April 18, 1981, a ball game sprang eternal. What began as a modestly attended minor league game between the Pawtucket Red Sox and the Rochester Red Wings became not only the longest ever played in baseball history, but something else entirely.

With Bottom of the 33rd, celebrated New York Times journalist Dan Barry has written a lyrical meditation on small-town lives, minor league dreams, and the elements of time and community that conspired one fateful night to produce a baseball game seemingly without end. This genre-bending book, a reportorial triumph, portrays the myriad lives held by the night’s unrelenting grip.

An unforgettable portrait of ambition and endurance, Bottom of the 33rd is the rare sports book, one that changes the way we perceive America’s pastime, and America’s past.


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User Review  - bostonian71 - LibraryThing

I have decidedly mixed feelings about this book. On the one hand, Barry tells compelling stories about most of the people involved in this 33-inning game, as well as some fascinating stories about the ... Read full review

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User Review  - Othemts - LibraryThing

I've long been aware that Pawtucket's McCoy Stadium hosted the longest professional baseball game in history, a 33-inning affair between the Pawtucket Red Sox and the Rochester Red Wings in 1981. I ... Read full review

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Dan Barry is a national columnist for the New York Times. He lives with his wife and daughters in Maplewood, New Jersey.

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