The Year of the Pitcher by Sridhar Pappu audiobook

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

By Sridhar Pappu
Read by Leon Nixon

Tantor Audio 9781328557285
12.91 Hours Unabridged
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The Year of the Pitcher is the story of the remarkable 1968 baseball season, which culminated in one of the greatest World Series contests ever, with the Detroit Tigers coming back from a 3–1 deficit to beat the Cardinals in Game Seven of the World Series. 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 thirty 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.

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The Year of the Pitcher is the story of the remarkable 1968 baseball season, which culminated in one of the greatest World Series contests ever, with the Detroit Tigers coming back from a 3–1 deficit to beat the Cardinals in Game Seven of the World Series.

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 thirty 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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Exciting…Devoted baseball fans will appreciate this story from one of major league’s best years.” Library Journal
“Especially insightful…A fine history of a vital period in the history of not only baseball, but America.” Kirkus Reviews
“This exciting work by New York Times columnist Pappu is a sophisticated look at the 1968 baseball season.” Publishers Weekly
“A highly engaging look at that ’68 season…Will appeal…to everyone interested in good baseball stories and the evolution of the game.” St. Louis Post-Dispatch
The Year of the Pitcher stands up and stands out…Seldom does an era, and do sports personalities, come alive so vividly, and so unforgettably.” Boston Globe
“Here’s the rare baseball book that succeeds as first-rate sports-writing and dramatic history…Prodigious reporting and beautiful writing.” Jonathan Eig, New York Times bestselling author

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Author Bio: Sridhar Pappu

Author Bio: Sridhar Pappu

Sridhar Pappu writes the Male Animal column 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 and as a correspondent for the Atlantic. In addition, he worked as a staff writer at Sports Illustrated and the Washington Post. A native of Oxford, Ohio, and graduate of Northwestern University, he currently lives in Brooklyn.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/Sports & Recreation
Runtime: 12.91
Audience: Adult
Language: English