Seasons in Hell: With Billy Martin, Whitey Herzog and the Worst Baseball Team in History -The 1973-1975 Texas Rangers

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U of Nebraska Press, Feb 14, 2005 - Sports & Recreation - 245 pages
?Even before the start of spring training, Herzog had said, ?If Rich Billings is the starting catcher again, we?re in deep trouble.? When that evaluation was passed along to Billings, he simply nodded and said, ?Whitey, obviously, has seen me play.?? In early 1973, gonzo sportswriter Mike Shropshire agreed to cover the Texas Rangers for the Fort-Worth Star-Telegram, not realizing that the Rangers were arguably the worst team in baseball history. Seasons in Hell is a riotous, candid, irreverent behind-the-scenes account in the tradition of The Bronx Zoo and Ball Four, following the Texas Rangers from Whitey Herzog?s reign in 1973 through Billy Martin?s tumultuous tenure. Offering wonderful perspectives on dozens of unique (and likely never-to-be-seen-again) baseball personalities, Seasons in Hell recounts some of the most extreme characters ever to play the game and brings to life the no-holds-barred culture of major league baseball in the mid-seventies
 

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SEASONS IN HELL: With Bill Martin, Whitey Herzog and 'The Worse Baseball Team in History'--The 1973-1975 Texas Rangers

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A tiresome ``gonzo'' journalism account of mid-1970s life on the road with a big league ballclub. As a 30-ish beat writer for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Shropshire drew the unenviable task of ... Read full review

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User Review  - Mantra - LibraryThing

An interesting look into the early history of the Texas Rangers. Had some funny moments and crazy goings on, but overall no where near the funniest baseball book I've read. I'd probably only recommend it to Rangers fans. Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
9
Section 3
17
Section 4
25
Section 5
33
Section 6
41
Section 7
50
Section 8
60
Section 15
131
Section 16
141
Section 17
154
Section 18
158
Section 19
168
Section 20
178
Section 21
187
Section 22
196

Section 9
70
Section 10
80
Section 11
91
Section 12
100
Section 13
111
Section 14
122
Section 23
208
Section 24
218
Section 25
228
Section 26
235
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Mike Shropshire is a longtime journalist who has written for numerous newspapers and magazines such as Sports Illustrated and is the author of several books, including When the Tuna Went down to Texas: How Bill Parcells Led the Cowboys Back to the Promised Land. He lives in Dallas, Texas.

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