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Book Review: Pitching, Defense, and Three-Run Homers

Posted on March 7, 2012 at 11:00 PM
Filed Under: Baltimore Orioles | General Baseball
One of the beautiful things about being a blogger is that, occasionally, you can stumble into a great situation.  That's what has happened to me, as somewhere along the line I've gotten on the University of Nebraska Press's reviewer list, so they will send me free books from time to time to look at and write about.  While they aren't often Cardinal-related, they are baseball, and that's all that matters.

The most recent book I was sent (well, there are a few of them, but this is the one I read first) is Pitching, Defense and Three-Run Homers, a review of the 1970 Baltimore Orioles.  Now, the '70 Orioles are a bit before my time, but that didn't stop me from diving into what turned out to be a wonderful book about the squad.  Mark Armour, who wrote Joe Cronin, another book I got to review and thoroughly enjoyed, and Malcolm Allen do a great job of talking about the players and games from that season.

This is the first in a series of books that are going to be put out about the great teams in baseball history.  If the first one is this good, I can't imagine how they'll be when they've figured the process out.

What I really enjoyed about this book was the fact that every player that played on the 1970 Orioles got a biography.  Didn't matter if it was a star like Frank Robinson or a scrub that got about three innings in that year.  If they wore the uniform, they got a detailed history of their life and, if they were still alive, what they are doing now.

It extended out past just the players, as well.  Manager Earl Weaver and his coaching staff gets the full treatment, as do the broadcasters.  It's a great look at a group of men that came together for an incredible season.

Interspersed within the sections of autobiographies are pages that give a brief summary of every game, with each paragraph entitled with the headline from the local paper.  It lets you see what happened during the dog days of August as well as the beginning and the end of the season.  Not just the important games, the rainouts and everything else are listed out so that people can relieve that season a day or a time.

If you are a fan of baseball, this is a great book to pick up.  If you are an Orioles fan, especially one that can remember the 1970 team, it's essential.


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What an enthusiastic review. I know how much effort must have gone into the research and that the results -- as well as the memories -- are appreciated is wonderful!

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