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The competition level in Little League has never been tougher, but the kids on the Jackie Robinson West team faced their own set of challenges on and off the baseball diamond. The Jackie Robinson West team takes their fans and followers on a rollercoaster ride of ups and downs as each player shares a different part of the team's history and experience, including a double-header with President Obama. Jackie Robinson West: The Story of the Youngest America's Team leads readers on their harrowing path to the Little League World Series.
The first book in the GAME CHANGERS sports series answers the questions: What were the 50 most revolutionary personalities, rules, pieces of equipment, controversies, organizational changes, radio and television advancements, and more in the history National Pastime? And how, exactly, did they forever change the game? Baseball's Game Changers offers fascinating, detailed explanations along with a ranking system from 1 to 50 that is sure to inspire debate among baseball aficionados. Ranging from each sport's beginnings to today and tackling on-the-field and off-the-field developments, the Game Changers series offers a history of each sport through their turning-points and innovations. Full-color, and including 60 photos plus pull-outs and sidebars, books within the Game Changers series are important and entertaining additions to every sports fan's library.
An authoritative look back at the decade that brought America's favorite game into the modern era.
An authoritative look back at the decade that brought America's favorite game into the modern eraAcclaimed baseball writer and radio host George Castle recreates the sport's most revolutionary decade via the memories of those who played, managed, and covered baseball from 1969 to 1979. In addition to a remarkable array of Hall of Famers and budding stars, the era saw numerous major changes. Rules were tweaked to promote offense. Free agency, arbitration, the first players' strike, the designated hitter, the first African-American manager, the first all-black and Latin starting lineup, baseball's first $1 million annual salary, the rise of the closer and bullpen specialization, Tommy John surgery--the list of topics discussed in this book by baseball's participants of the 1970s goes on. Contributors include: A-List players and managers like Fergie Jenkins, Billy Williams, Gaylord Perry, Joe Morgan, Tony Perez, Bruce Sutter, Brooks Robinson, Orlando Cepeda, Tom Seaver, Phil Niekro, Jim Rice, Jim Palmer, Bert Blyleven, Tommy John, Lou Piniella, Fred Lynn, Luis Tiant, Earl Weaver, and Sparky Anderson; everyday players; coaches; front-office staff; announcers; and sportswriters. Praise for George Castle and his books: I have read all of George Castle's books, and I can say without hesitation that he is one of those rare individuals who is extremely gifted both as a reporter and a writer. --Buzz Bissinger, author of Friday Night Lights and Three Nights in August
Sweet Lou and the Cubs chronicles from the inside-out Lou Piniella's stirring and celebrated quest to reverse the team's fortunes after a record 100 years without a World Series championship. Drawing on the story of Piniella's Cubs debut in 2007 and his history as baseball's ultimate firebrand, veteran Cubs reporter George Castle gives fans the real story behind the building of the best Cubs team in decades. In riveting detail he traces how the Cubs swept into the 2008 playoffs as the favorite to represent the National League in the World Series, but then went down in shocking defeat-leaving millions of fans to pin their wounded hopes on the prospects of their remade team finally turning the tide in 2009. . . . This is sports writing at its best, focusing on Piniella's old-school style and baseball scientist's mind; wild swings in the Cubs' win-loss fortunes; the inside scoop on a Cubs' front office that has been dramatically more aggressive than its predecessors; the byplay of daily clubhouse life and profiles of key players; and Piniella's colorful proclamations and homespun philosophy, along with his interactions with his coaches, the team, ball-club executives, media, fans, and celebrity hangers-on.
A journey throughout the world to track down former Cubs to update fans on their present-day lives and look back on their playing or managing careers. Once a Cub, always a Cub, and these former inhabitants of Wrigley Field won't soon forget their days in the Friendly Confines.
In The Million-to-One Team, author George Castle traces all the management actions and strategies that kept the Cubs on the golf course in October while every other team in existence in 1945 has been in at least one World Series, and a goodly number in far more than that. Castle also looks at the proverbial glimmer of hope that could end the unparalleled championship drought.