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They Tasted Glory: Among the Missing at the Baseball Hall of Fame
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0786404841, Paperback)Poet John Greenleaf Whittier's saw about the saddest words being "It might have been" ring through every page of this bittersweet look at 17 young men on the fast track to Cooperstown, all derailed before their promise was fulfilled. Players like Herb Score and Tony Conigliaro were never the same after being hit in the head; Pete Reiser ran into a few too many outfield fences; J.R. Richard suffered a stroke; Thurman Munson was killed in a plane crash; Smoky Joe Wood tore up his shoulder and Mark Fidrych tore up his knee; Kirby Puckett, who will get his plaque in due course, lost his vision. "This is a book," explain Linkugel and Pappas, "about great expectations shattered by fate." The prose of these two college professors may lean toward the academic, but there's nothing academic about the stories they tell: self-contained little dramas filled with hellish curves and some very bad bounces. --Jeff Silverman
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