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Roger Maris and a Cast of Hundreds

by Gregory Rom

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I'm not a baseball fan, but read this book because I've met the author. I'm glad that I decided to read it because of the memories it brought back. Hearing the names Koufax, Mantle, Berra, and of course, Roger Maris, again evoked my childhood. Being Canadian, the sports background for that childhood was the NHL, and I noticed some similarities. There were fewer teams in both baseball and hockey; the seasons were shorter and every game counted towards the playoffs, and meant something to the fans.

People who aren't serious baseball fans might find this book has too much emphasis on individual game statistics...but baseball is a statistician's dream sport after all. There are some interesting facts in here: Maury Wills was successful in nearly 90% of his stolen base attempts in 1962...that's impressive. And, from 1959-62, there were two All-Star Games per season.

Bottom line: Mr. Rom did a good job of setting the context and evoking another era. He also did an impressive amount of research. Baseball fans will love this book (4 stars); non-fans will be less enamoured with the details, but still enjoy a trip down memory lane. ( )
  LynnB | May 12, 2015 |
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When I retired at the age of 62, I began to question what I was going to do with my time.
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In his historical narrative, "Roger Maris and a Cast of Hundreds", Gregory Rom describes the events in Major League Baseball (MLB) in the years 1957 through 1968. This was a simpler time when there were fewer teams playing in MLB. The American and National League pennant pursuits seemed to unfold with more apparent drama over the course of the summer. In his unique approach, Rom reports on individual games of the leading teams in each pennant race. In those years, the League pennant pursuits led directly to the World Series. Rom summarizes the key games and player performances of each World Series of the twelve-year period. In the midst of his game-by-game narrative, Rom skillfully interweaves background information to provide a historical baseball context about the most successful players of the era, which he calls interludes, and even references important historical events in the world, which took place on the same days when some of the important games were played.

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