The Year of the Pitcher: Bob Gibson, Denny McLain, and the End of Baseball's Golden Age

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Oct 3, 2017 - Sports & Recreation - 400 pages
“Both a pleasure and a revelation.”—Daniel Okrent, author of Nine Innings

In 1968, two astounding pitchers would dominate the game as never before. One was black, the other white. The stoic Bob Gibson, together with the St. Louis Cardinals, embodied an entire generation’s hope for integration at a heated moment in American history. The flashy Denny McLain was a crass self-promoter who lived a life apart from his Detroit Tigers teammates, searching for fame. But for one season, the nation watched as these two men and their teams swept their respective league championships to meet at the World Series.
            Gibson set a major-league record that year with a 1.12 ERA. McLain won more than 30 games in 1968, a feat not achieved since 1934 and untouched since. They would reach these heights against the backdrop of assassinations, while boys boarded planes to Saigon and riots swept through American cities, forever changing the fabric of this country.
            In the grand tradition of David Halberstam, The Year of the Pitcher evokes a nostalgic season and its incredible characters through the story of one of the great rivalries in sports, painting an indelible portrait of the national pastime during our most turbulent era.
 

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The Year of the Pitcher: Bob Gibson, Denny McLain, and the End of Baseball's Golden Age

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Contents

1 SILENT FILM
1
2 LOST FATHERS
14
3 RISING
26
4 TESTIMONY OF PILOTS
52
5 THE BREAK
67
6 INTO THE CITY OF ASHES
85
7 A BLACK MAN WINS IN BOSTON
101
8 WINTER OF RECRIMINATIONS
115
14 A LOUSY PITCHER
198
15 TALK TO ME
213
16 OLD MEN
227
17 TROUBLE
243
18 SEVENTEEN
249
19 MUDDERS
260
20 ANTHEMS
267
21 SLIPPING
277

9 THE SILENT SPRING
130
45
143
11 OUT THERE
155
12 UNCLENCHED FISTS
169
13 PRESIDENT OF THE WORLD
181
PHOTOGRAPHS
198
22 AFTER THE FALL
288
Back Matter
314
Back Flap
383
Back Cover
384
Spine
385
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SRIDHAR PAPPU is “The Male Animal” columnist for the New York Times. He began his award-winning career as a feature writer for the Chicago Reader and has served as a columnist at the New York Observer, a correspondent for the Atlantic, and as a staff writer at the Washington Post and Sports Illustrated. 

 

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