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Summer of '68: The Season That Changed Baseball--and America--Forever

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  • I can't quite put my finger on a reason, but, Summer of 68 did not quite live up to my expectations. Sure, the narrative was crisp, the characters interesting, and the subject matter entertaining. I learned a great deal about Bob Gibson, Denny Mclain, Curt Flood, Willie Horton, and more. I got a much better sense of the chronology of events that made 1968 an unforgettable year in American History. And I came away convinced that baseba

    I can't quite put my finger on a reason, but, Summer of 68 did not quite live up to my expectations. Sure, the narrative was crisp, the characters interesting, and the subject matter entertaining. I learned a great deal about Bob Gibson, Denny Mclain, Curt Flood, Willie Horton, and more. I got a much better sense of the chronology of events that made 1968 an unforgettable year in American History. And I came away convinced that baseball in 1968 was still hanging on as uniquely reflecting a changing America.

  • While I still can't quite explain why I feel let down by Summer of 68, my best theory so far is that while the narratives of the baseball season and the turbulence engulfing the country were very clear, accounts of how the two intersected felt rushed and very shallow. Wendel at one point notes that Larry Dierker, a young pitcher for the Astros, never forgot the scene outside his Chicago hotel room that summer when police clashed with protestors. And Maury Wills and Milt Pappas drew the wrath of their respective clubs for not wanting to play on the day after RFK was killed. Surely these weren't the only players on whom the events of 1968 had an impact.

    lorac55 More than 1 year ago
    I thoroughly enjoyed the narrative Mr. Wendel provided to the rather tumultuous Summer of 68. From the assassinations of RFK and MLK to the riots at the Chicago convention to the dominance of the pitcher in baseball Mr. Wendel brings them back vividly.

  • Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    To read the Summer of 68 is to fall headlong into a moment in time when baseball was the national currency. Tim Wendel gives us memorable portraits of the great pitchers of the era -- Bob Gibson, Denny McLain and Luis Tiant among them. He gets us caught up in the great plays and the blown calls, the what-ifs that still reverberate. It was a singular season in a tumultuous time and Wendel has brought it back for us. The Summer of 68 is a great pleasure to read.

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