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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