One Last Strike (Enhanced Edition)

One Last Strike (Enhanced Edition)
  • Author : Tony La Russa
  • Publisher : HarperCollins Australia
  • Pages : 448
  • Relase : 2012-09-25
  • ISBN : 9780062231895

One Last Strike (Enhanced Edition) Book Review:

One Last Strike by legendary baseball manager Tony La Russa is a thrilling sports comeback story. La Russa, the winner of four Manager of the Year awards—who led his teams to six Pennant wins and three World Series crowns—chronicles one of the most exciting end-of-season runs in baseball history, revealing with fascinating behind-the-scenes details how, under his expert management, the St. Louis Cardinals emerged victorious in the 2011 World Series despite countless injuries, mishaps, and roadblocks along the way. Talking candidly about the remarkable season—and his All-Star players like Albert Pujols and David Freese—the recently retired La Russa celebrates his fifty years in baseball, his team’s amazing recovery from 10 ½ games back, and one final, unforgettable championship in a book that no true baseball fan will want to miss.

One Last Strike

One Last Strike
  • Author : Tony La Russa
  • Publisher : William Morrow
  • Pages : 432
  • Relase : 2012-09-25
  • ISBN : 0062207385

One Last Strike Book Review:

The team that refused to give up their manager in his final season A comeback that changed baseball After thirty-three seasons managing in Major League Baseball, Tony La Russa thought he had seen it all—that is, until the 2011 Cardinals. Down ten and a half games with little more than a month to play, the Cardinals had long been ruled out as serious postseason contenders. Yet in the face of those steep odds, this team mounted one of the most dramatic and impressive comebacks in baseball history, making the playoffs on the night of the final game of the season and going on to win the World Series despite being down to their last strike—twice. Now La Russa gives the inside story behind this astonishing comeback and his remarkable career, explaining how a team with so much against it was able to succeed on baseball's biggest stage. Opening up about the devastating injuries, the bullpen struggles, the crucial games, and the players who made it all possible, he reveals how the team's character shaped its accomplishments, demonstrating how this group came together in good times and in bad to become that rarest of things: a team that actually enjoyed it when the odds were against them. But this story is much more than that of a single season. As La Russa, the third-winningest manager in baseball history, explains, their season was the culmination of a lifetime spent studying the game. Laying bare his often scrutinized and frequently misunderstood approach to managing, he explains his counterintuitive belief in process over result, present moments over statistics, and team unity over individual talent. Along the way he shares the stories from throughout his career that shaped his outlook—from his first days managing the Chicago White Sox to his championship years with the Oakland A's, to his triumphant tenure as St. Louis's longest-serving manager. Setting the record straight on his famously intense style, he explores the vital yet overlooked role that his personal relationships with his players have contributed to his victories, ultimately showing how, in a sport often governed by cold, hard numbers, the secret to his success has been surprisingly human. Speaking candidly about his decision to retire, La Russa discusses the changes that he'd observed both in the game and in himself that told him, despite his success, it was time to hang up his spikes. The end result is a passionate, insightful, and remarkable look at our national pastime that takes you behind the scenes of the comeback that no one thought possible and inside the mind of one of the game's greatest managers.

One Last Strike

One Last Strike
  • Author : Tony La Russa
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Pages : 448
  • Relase : 2012-09-25
  • ISBN : 9780062207531

One Last Strike Book Review:

One Last Strike by legendary baseball manager Tony La Russa is a thrilling sports comeback story. La Russa, the winner of four Manager of the Year awards—who led his teams to six Pennant wins and three World Series crowns—chronicles one of the most exciting end-of-season runs in baseball history, revealing with fascinating behind-the-scenes details how, under his expert management, the St. Louis Cardinals emerged victorious in the 2011 World Series despite countless injuries, mishaps, and roadblocks along the way. Talking candidly about the remarkable season—and his All-Star players like Albert Pujols and David Freese—the recently retired La Russa celebrates his fifty years in baseball, his team’s amazing recovery from 10 ½ games back, and one final, unforgettable championship in a book that no true baseball fan will want to miss.

Baseball Meets the Law

Baseball Meets the Law
  • Author : Ed Edmonds,Frank G. Houdek
  • Publisher : McFarland
  • Pages : 336
  • Relase : 2017-02-28
  • ISBN : 9781476664385

Baseball Meets the Law Book Review:

Baseball and law have intersected since the primordial days. In 1791, a Pittsfield, Massachusetts, ordinance prohibited ball playing near the town's meeting house. Ball games on Sundays were barred by a Pennsylvania statute in 1794. In 2015, a federal court held that baseball's exemption from antitrust laws applied to franchise relocations. Another court overturned the conviction of Barry Bonds for obstruction of justice. A third denied a request by rooftop entrepreneurs to enjoin the construction of a massive video screen at Wrigley Field. This exhaustive chronology traces the effects the law has had on the national pastime, both pro and con, on and off the field, from the use of copyright to protect not only equipment but also "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" to frequent litigation between players and owners over contracts and the reserve clause. The stories of lawyers like Kenesaw Mountain Landis and Branch Rickey are entertainingly instructive.

St. Louis Cardinals Fans' Bucket List

St. Louis Cardinals Fans' Bucket List
  • Author : Dan O'Neill,Adam Wainwright
  • Publisher : Triumph Books
  • Pages : 272
  • Relase : 2016-05-15
  • ISBN : 9781633194984

St. Louis Cardinals Fans' Bucket List Book Review:

Every St. Louis Cardinals fan has a bucket list of activities to take part in at some point in their lives. But even the most die-hard fans haven't done everything there is to experience in and around St. Louis. From visiting Ballpark Village to learning how to do an Ozzie Smith backflip, author Dan O'Neill provides ideas, recommendations, and insider tips for must-see places and can't-miss activities near Busch Stadium. But not every experience requires a trip to St. Louis; long-distance Cardinals fans can cross some items off their list from the comfort of their own homes. Whether you're attending every home game or supporting the Cards from afar, there's something for every fan to do in The St. Louis Cardinals Fans' Bucket List.

The A's

The A's
  • Author : David M. Jordan
  • Publisher : McFarland
  • Pages : 253
  • Relase : 2014-01-27
  • ISBN : 9780786477814

The A's Book Review:

This is a straightforward history of the Athletics franchise, from its Connie Mack years in Philadelphia with teams featuring Eddie Collins, Chief Bender, Jimmy Foxx, Mickey Cochrane and Lefty Grove, through its 13 years in Kansas City, under Arnold Johnson and Charles O. Finley, and on to its great years in Oakland--with the three World Series wins featuring Catfish Hunter, Reggie Jackson, Sal Bando and Vida Blue, and the conflicts with Finley--as well as the less successful seasons that followed, then the Series sweep in 1989, and ending up with the unusual operation of the club by Billy Beane.

Boom and Bust in St. Louis

Boom and Bust in St. Louis
  • Author : Jon David Cash
  • Publisher : McFarland
  • Pages : 208
  • Relase : 2020-07-27
  • ISBN : 9781476638966

Boom and Bust in St. Louis Book Review:

The St. Louis Cardinals, despite winning more World Series than any Major League franchise except for the New York Yankees, have seen their share of dry spells when they were shut out of the postseason. Like the American economy, the Cardinals have seen their fortunes cycle through prolonged ups and downs, with booms in 1885-1888, 1926-1946, 1964-1968, 1982-1987 and 1996-2011, and busts in 1889-1925, 1947-1963, 1969-1981 and 1988-1995. Drawing on years of research, this book chronicles the Cardinals' periods of success and failure and explains the reasons behind them.

If These Walls Could Talk: St. Louis Cardinals

If These Walls Could Talk: St. Louis Cardinals
  • Author : Stan McNeal
  • Publisher : Triumph Books
  • Pages : 256
  • Relase : 2015-05-01
  • ISBN : 9781623688462

If These Walls Could Talk: St. Louis Cardinals Book Review:

The St. Louis Cardinals are one of baseball's most storied franchises, and as much a part of St. Louis as Anheuser-Busch and the arch. From Lou Brock to Matt Carpenter, Ozzie Smith to Yadier Molina, Bob Gibson to Adam Wainwright, from Hall of Famers to rookie busts, the Cardinals are beloved in St. Louis. In this book, Stan McNeal provides a closer look at the great moments and the lowlights that have made the Cardinals one of the baseball's keystone teams. Through the words of the players, via multiple interviews conducted with current and past Cardinals, readers will meet the players, coaches, and management and share in their moments of greatness and defeat. This book shares stories behind such Cardinal memories as the little-known clubhouse antics of backup catcher Bob Uecker during the teams' memorable run in the 1960s, the excitement at Busch Stadium in the 1980s as the Cardinals reached the World Series three times, and the elation of the 2006 and 2011 World Series championships.

The Lords of the Realm

The Lords of the Realm
  • Author : John Helyar
  • Publisher : Ballantine Books
  • Pages : 640
  • Relase : 2011-07-27
  • ISBN : 9780307801425

The Lords of the Realm Book Review:

"The ultimate chronicle of the games behind the game."—The New York Times Book Review Baseball has always inspired rhapsodic elegies on the glory of man and golden memories of wonderful times. But what you see on the field is only half the game. In this fascinating, colorful chronicle—based on hundreds of interviews and years of research and digging—John Helyar brings to vivid life the extraordinary people and dramatic events that shaped America's favorite pastime, from the dead-ball days at the turn of the century through the great strike of 1994. Witness zealous Judge Landis banish eight players, including Shoeless Joe Jackson, after the infamous "Black Sox" scandal; the flamboyant A's owner Charlie Finley wheel and deal his star players, Vida Blue and Rollie Fingers, like a deck of cards; the hysterical bidding war of coveted free agent Catfish Hunter; the chain-smoking romantic, A. Bartlett Giamatti, locking horns with Pete Rose during his gambling days of summer; and much more. Praise for The Lords of the Realm "A must-read for baseball fans . . . reads like a suspense novel."—Kirkus Reviews "Refreshingly hard-headed . . . the only book you'll need to read on the subject."—Newsday "Lots of stories . . . well told, amusing . . . edifying."—The Washington Post

Francona

Francona
  • Author : Terry Francona,Dan Shaughnessy
  • Publisher : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Pages : 390
  • Relase : 2013
  • ISBN : 9780547928173

Francona Book Review:

An insightful, honest & entertaining narrative of Terry Francona's tenure with the Red Sox franchise, during which time he managed two teams to World Series victories & oversaw some of the most iconic & colorful players in the game.

Year of the Pitcher

Year of the Pitcher
  • Author : Sridhar Pappu
  • Publisher : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Pages : 413
  • Relase : 2017-10-03
  • ISBN : 9781328768131

Year of the Pitcher Book Review:

The story of the remarkable 1968 baseball season. “Seldom does an era, and do sports personalities, come alive so vividly, and so unforgettably.” —The Boston Globe In 1968, two remarkable pitchers would dominate the game as well as the broadsheets. One was black, the other white. Bob Gibson, together with the St. Louis Cardinals, embodied an entire generation’s hope for integration at a heated moment in American history. Denny McLain, his adversary, was a crass self-promoter who eschewed the team charter and his Detroit Tigers teammates to zip cross-country in his own plane. 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. Together, the two have come to stand as iconic symbols, giving the fans “The Year of the Pitcher” and changing the game. Evoking a nostalgic season and its incredible characters, this is the story of one of the great rivalries in sports and an indelible portrait of the national pastime during a turbulent year—and the two men who electrified fans from all walks of life. “Explores so much more than the battle between two pitchers and their teams . . . A fine history of a vital period in the history of not only baseball, but America.” —Kirkus Reviews “A compelling tale of all that America was in the turbulent year of 1968, told through a (mostly) baseball prism.” —New York Post

Perfect

Perfect
  • Author : James Buckley, Jr.
  • Publisher : Triumph Books
  • Pages : 310
  • Relase : 2012-04-01
  • ISBN : 9781600786761

Perfect Book Review:

Uses first-hand accounts from pitchers, their teammates, opponents, coaches and managers to examine in detail every perfect game pitched over the past 124 years and includes information on those players who were just one crushing pitch away from history. Original.

The Only Rule Is It Has to Work

The Only Rule Is It Has to Work
  • Author : Ben Lindbergh,Sam Miller
  • Publisher : Henry Holt and Company
  • Pages : 304
  • Relase : 2016-05-03
  • ISBN : 9781627795654

The Only Rule Is It Has to Work Book Review:

The New York Times bestseller about what would happen if two statistics-minded outsiders were allowed to run a professional baseball team It’s the ultimate in fantasy baseball: You get to pick the roster, set the lineup, and decide on strategies -- with real players, in a real ballpark, in a real playoff race. That’s what baseball analysts Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller got to do when an independent minor-league team in California, the Sonoma Stompers, offered them the chance to run its baseball operations according to the most advanced statistics. Their story in The Only Rule is it Has to Work is unlike any other baseball tale you've ever read. We tag along as Lindbergh and Miller apply their number-crunching insights to all aspects of assembling and running a team, following one cardinal rule for judging each innovation they try: it has to work. We meet colorful figures like general manager Theo Fightmaster and boundary-breakers like the first openly gay player in professional baseball. Even José Canseco makes a cameo appearance. Will their knowledge of numbers help Lindbergh and Miller bring the Stompers a championship, or will they fall on their faces? Will the team have a competitive advantage or is the sport’s folk wisdom true after all? Will the players attract the attention of big-league scouts, or are they on a fast track to oblivion? It’s a wild ride, by turns provocative and absurd, as Lindbergh and Miller tell a story that will speak to numbers geeks and traditionalists alike. And they prove that you don’t need a bat or a glove to make a genuine contribution to the game.

The Phenomenon

The Phenomenon
  • Author : Rick Ankiel
  • Publisher : PublicAffairs
  • Pages : 304
  • Relase : 2017-04-18
  • ISBN : 9781610396875

The Phenomenon Book Review:

A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Rick Ankiel had the talent to be one of the best pitchers ever. Then, one day, he lost it. The Phenomenon is the story of how St. Louis Cardinals prodigy Rick Ankiel lost his once-in-a-generation ability to pitch--not due to an injury or a bolt of lightning, but a mysterious anxiety condition widely known as "the Yips." It came without warning, in the middle of a playoff game, with millions of people watching. And it has never gone away. Yet the true test of Ankiel's character came not on the mound, but in the long days and nights that followed as he searched for a way to get back in the game. For four and a half years, he fought the Yips with every arrow in his quiver: psychotherapy, medication, deep-breathing exercises, self-help books, and, eventually, vodka. And then, after reconsidering his whole life at the age of twenty-five, Ankiel made an amazing turnaround: returning to the Major Leagues as a hitter and playing seven successful seasons. This book is an incredible story about a universal experience--pressure--and what happened when a person on the brink had to make a choice about who he was going to be.

Science of Hitting

Science of Hitting
  • Author : Ted Williams,John Underwood
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Pages : 96
  • Relase : 1986-04-29
  • ISBN : 9780671621032

Science of Hitting Book Review:

Features the legendary hitter's guidance in all the basics and finer points of hitting and includes his analysis of the great hitters of the seventies and the eighties, including Rose, Brett, Carew, and Murray

Big 50: St. Louis Cardinals

Big 50: St. Louis Cardinals
  • Author : Benjamin Hochman,Tony La Russa
  • Publisher : Triumph Books
  • Pages : 304
  • Relase : 2018-05-01
  • ISBN : 9781633199866

Big 50: St. Louis Cardinals Book Review:

The Big 50: St. Louis Cardinals is an amazing, full-color look at the 50 men and moments that make the Cardinals the Cardinals. St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist Benjamin Hochman recounts the living history of the team, counting down from No. 50 to No. 1. Learn about and revisit the remarkable stories, featuring greats like Stan Musial, Bob Gibson, Mark McGwire, Albert Pujols, and Yadier Molina.

One Strike You're Out!

One Strike You're Out!
  • Author : Mark Weston
  • Publisher : AuthorHouse
  • Pages : 160
  • Relase : 2004-04
  • ISBN : 9781418415655

One Strike You're Out! Book Review:

How many years must a person regret and pay for their mistakes? The likes of President Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton . . . are among them. In 1919, Charlie Fader also slipped when as a young pitching phenom, he joined seven others to throw the World Series. One Strike You're Out! picks up Charlie's life, 50 years later. He is now a 70 year old recluse, working as a janitor in an old laundry. He meets a blind teen-ager at the laundry, and a bond is set. Ty, a baseball fan, has acquired a photographic memory on everything he hears, including box scores and plays, read to him from newspapers and what he heard on the radio. In mid-season, the local team, the Isles, are in last place and heading deeper into the cellar. Charlie and Ty figure batting and pitching orders as a diversion, and realize that if the Isles had them, they would be in first place and heading for the World Series. Since the Isle's uniforms are cleaned at the laundry, Charlie and Ty decide to plant line-ups in the manager's back pocket. The Isles win the pennant. A leading sportswriter is brought in on the secret and hires a private detective to find out where the notes came from. Ty and Charlie are discovered, and the latter is finally forgiven for his youthful digression. Everyone loves a 'Rocky' . . . and it's a wonderful life story. One Strike You're Out! is another.

Wait Till Next Year

Wait Till Next Year
  • Author : Doris Kearns Goodwin
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Pages : 272
  • Relase : 2009-11-24
  • ISBN : 9781439188583

Wait Till Next Year Book Review:

By the award-winning author of Team of Rivals and The Bully Pulpit, Wait Till Next Year is Doris Kearns Goodwin’s touching memoir of growing up in love with her family and baseball. Set in the suburbs of New York in the 1950s, Wait Till Next Year re-creates the postwar era, when the corner store was a place to share stories and neighborhoods were equally divided between Dodger, Giant, and Yankee fans. We meet the people who most influenced Goodwin’s early life: her mother, who taught her the joy of books but whose debilitating illness left her housebound: and her father, who taught her the joy of baseball and to root for the Dodgers of Jackie Robinson, Roy Campanella, Pee Wee Reese, Duke Snider, and Gil Hodges. Most important, Goodwin describes with eloquence how the Dodgers’ leaving Brooklyn in 1957, and the death of her mother soon after, marked both the end of an era and, for her, the end of childhood.

Sports Illustrated: Almanac 2008

Sports Illustrated: Almanac 2008
  • Author : Editors of Sports Illustrated
  • Publisher : Sports Illustrated
  • Pages : 816
  • Relase : 2007-11-27
  • ISBN : 1933821906

Sports Illustrated: Almanac 2008 Book Review:

Providing a complete review of the year in sports, this reference includes statistical reports, photographs, histories, previews, and special features on the world's major sports.

Talking Book Topics

Talking Book Topics
  • Author : Anonim
  • Publisher :
  • Pages : 116
  • Relase : 2014-07
  • ISBN : UFL:31262091052133

Talking Book Topics Book Review: