Collision at Home Plate: The Lives of Pete Rose and Bart Giamatti

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U of Nebraska Press, Feb 1, 1997 - Biography & Autobiography - 328 pages
"A collision indeed-an atomic explosion of sorts-as intelligence, grace, and arrogance (Giamatti) meet stupidity, sweat, and arrogance (Rose), with fallout that will affect the world of baseball for decades to come. . . . Told with guts and verve".-Kirkus Reviews. "Reston . . . does credit to the two most compelling figures baseball has produced in the past quarter-century".-New York Times Book Review. "[An] uncommonly intelligent book about two fascinating, uncommon (if flawed) men".-Chicago Tribune. "It touches on some of the great themes of literature-love, waste, regret".-George Will, New York Review of Books. "What sets Reston's book apart . . . is his threading together of the lives of the wayward ballplayer and the commissioner who cast him out".-Sports Illustrated. "Reston is a wonderful writer and the book is a joy to read".-Red Barber. "Epic Americana. Reston is steady, painstaking, and controlled as he pits the scholar against the slugger".-Toronto Star. "A riveting book".-San Francisco Chronicle. Collision at Home Plate is a dual biography of Pete Rose, an uncouth but great ballplayer who suffered disgrace and imprisonment, and Bart Giamatti, the baseball commissioner so deeply shaken and bruised by the Rose scandal that he died a week after it was made public. This is the definitive book on one of the most traumatic and tragic episodes in baseball history. James Reston Jr. is the author of The Lone Star: The Life of John Connally and Sherman's March and Vietnam.
 

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COLLISION AT HOME PLATE: The Lives of Pete Rose and Bart Giamatti

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A collision indeed—an atomic explosion of sorts—as intelligence, grace, and arrogance (Giamatti) meet stupidity, sweat, and arrogance (Rose), with fallout that will affect the world of baseball for ... Read full review

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A fascinating look at the lives of two very different men, and how those lives collided in the Rose gambling saga. Read full review

Contents

Prologue
1
River Rat and Water Boy
7
The Bush Leaguer and the Valedictorian
22
The Rookie and the Renaissance Fan
43
Wild Horse Stern Rider
59
Big Red Machine and Mother Yale
83
Superstars
115
Two Trades
136
Hanging Spikes
201
Squeeze
237
Collision
259
Epilogue
313
Of Fame and Honor
316
Acknowledgments and Sources
319
Index
323
Copyright

The Strike and the Hit
164

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James Reston Jr. is the author of "The Lone Star: The Life of John Connally" and "Sherman's March" and "Vietnam."

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