By Mike Shropshire

There are baseball books and there are baseball books.

But for the baseball cognoscenti, there are only a few "must-have" classics: BALL 4 by means of Jim Bouton. THE lengthy SEASON by means of Jim Brosnan. WILLIE'S TIME through Charles Einstein. And SEASONS IN HELL by means of Mike Shropshire, which was once a hilarous first-person account of Mike's travails serving as a regular beat author protecting the hapless 1972 Texas Rangers.

Now, within the final genuine Season, Shropshire captures the essence of a distinct time and assorted position in baseball, while the common wage for significant leaguers was once purely $27,600...when the ballplayers' drug of selection was once alcohol, no longer steroids...when significant leaguers sported tight doubleknit uniforms over their long-hair and Afros...and on July twenty eighth, 1975, the day that famed Detroit resident Jimmy Hoffa went lacking, the Detroit Tigers all started a wasting streak of nineteen video games in a row. at the day that the Tigers blew a 4-run lead within the backside of the 9th, Shropshire remembers: "I drank 3 bottles of Stroh's beer in under a minute and wrote that 'Jimmy Hoffa will appear within the left box stands with Amelia Earhart as his date sooner than the Tigers will win one other game.'"

And so it is going. jam-packed with simply the type of superb baseball tales that genuine enthusiasts crave, this is often the funniest baseball e-book of the yr.

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