Black and Blue: Sandy Koufax, the Robinson Boys, and the by Tom Adelman

By Tom Adelman

"Richly layered....An enjoyable and informative portrait of 2 underappreciated groups in an unforgettable time."--Boston Sunday Globe

The so much stunning global sequence ever? Many baseball fanatics could agree that it was once the epic 1966 conflict among the reigning champion l. a. Dodgers and the perennial underdog Baltimore Orioles.

The godlike Sandy Koufax had led the Dodgers to victory in earlier global sequence, and had comprehensive the season with twenty-seven wins, a private most sensible. Few outdoor Baltimore gave the Orioles - slugger Frank Robinson major a tender staff of no-name teenagers and promising clients - greater than a scuffling with likelihood opposed to such sequence veterans as Koufax, Don Drysdale, Maury Wills, and the remaining. specialists have been making a bet that l. a. might sweep it in 4. What transpired in its place astonished the state, because the maximum pitching functionality in international sequence heritage capped a redemption past imagining.

"Guaranteed to attain a house run." -Essence

"Astonishing. . . . Adelman is going well past the field rankings to get info that makes the avid gamers extra human and the video games extra dramatic." -San Diego Union-Tribune

"Black and Blue supplies strong baseball motion, ownerly perfidy, and social context." -Boston Globe

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Elite A player or team that is among the best. promising Filled with hope and potential. expansion prospect In sports, the addition of a franchise or franchises to a league. A young player, usually one who has little major league experience. franchise rookie An entire sports organization, including the players, coaches, and staff. A first-year professional athlete. strike A work stoppage by employees in protest of working conditions. 46 WASHINGTON NATIONALS FOR MORE INFORMATION Further Reading Places to Visit Frommer, Frederic J.

He majors again. finished with 14 homers and 51 RBIs in 106 games. The Nationals won just 59 The Nationals fired Acta in July 2009. Interim manager Jim Riggleman, previously games in 2008, the fewest in the the team’s bench coach, led major leagues. The next year the Nationals to an improved would be no better. The team’s record in the season’s second bullpen blew nine saves in the half. Zimmerman helped lead first two months of the 2009 the way. The third baseman A NEW CITY, AND NEW HOPE 37 OPENING THE PARK IN STYLE On March 30, 2008, the Nationals opened their new stadium, Nationals Park.

But then came an MLB strike that halted play. The 28 WASHINGTON NATIONALS 1981 strike had helped the Expos get to the playoffs for the first time. But the 1994 strike wiped out what might have been Montreal’s best chance for a world championship. Players stopped working on August 12, 1994. On September 14, baseball commissioner Bud Selig canceled the World Series. By the time the strike finally ended in April 1995, the Expos had let most of their star players go. Walker signed with the Colorado Rockies.

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