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Jim Brosnan (1929–2014)

Author of The Long Season

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James Patrick Brosnan was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on October 24, 1929. He signed a contract with the Chicago Cubs before his 17th birthday, but did not reach the big leagues until 1954. Between 1951 and 1953, his career was interrupted by stateside service in the Army. During his career, he was a show more pitcher for several baseball teams including the St. Louis Cardinals, the Cincinnati Reds, and the Chicago White Sox. He kept a diary of his experience as a pitcher during his first nine years in the major leagues. The diary was published as The Long Season in 1960. In 1961, he was a relief pitcher for the Reds team that won the National League pennant. His second book, Pennant Race, was an account of that season. After his retirement from baseball, he wrote sports books for children and wrote articles for several publications including The Times. He died from an infection he developed while recovering from a stroke on June 29, 2014 at the age of 84. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

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Works by Jim Brosnan

The Long Season (1960) 163 copies
Pennant Race (1962) 73 copies
Great Baseball Pitchers. (1965) 22 copies
Ron Santo, 3B (1974) 3 copies
The Ted Simmons Story (1977) 1 copy

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Fun baseball book. I can see why it was considered edgy when it came out in 1960, long before Jim Bouton's Ball Four. Lots of amusing stories and anecdotes, but almost nothing on baseball strategy or tactics. I think one gets a good sense of what major league baseball life was like in the late 1950s and early 1960s.
gregdehler | 2 other reviews | May 13, 2023 |
Great baseball book about so so Cardinal fellow from 1960 I think...?
apende | 2 other reviews | Jul 12, 2022 |
In 1961, Jim Brosnan was a relief pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds, who surprised the baseball world by winning the National League pennant. This book is his diary of that season. In fact, this was Brosnan's second book. His first, The Long Season, was a first person account of the 1959 season, during which Brosnan was traded mid-year from the Cardinals to the Reds. That book was considered ground breaking, in that it was the first candid (sort of) look at life on a major league team. Oddly, I haven't read The Long Season, yet.

Anyway, Pennant Race is entertaining fare for baseball fans. This book was published several years before Jim Bouton's Ball Four, about the 1969 season, which was really the first baseball memoir to reveal baseball life warts and all. In Pennant Race, Brosnan depicts life in the bullpen, and on the team in general, as a series of wise cracks under which lie the players' real desire to win and to perform well, along with their not always successful attempts to shrug off their day to day failures. Racial issues are dealt with, but not too deeply or often. Personal animosities among teammates seem non-existent. Again, Brosnan's books were a step forward in terms of real life portrayals of the baseball life, but he doesn't bring us all the way there. The descriptions of some players' personalities are perfunctory. For others, even some relatively famous ones, those portrayals are non-existent. We get almost nothing, for example, about Frank Robinson, then a young star (now in the Hall of Fame). Still there is a feel for what the life was like. Brosnan was a good writer with a breezy, self-deprecating style. It helps that the 1961 season was one of Brosnan's best as a professional ballplayer.

For baseball fans interested in the game's history (or for those with long memories), this book is fun and worth reading, as long as you don't expect too much of it.
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rocketjk | 2 other reviews | Feb 24, 2021 |
Jim Brosnan was a relief pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds in 1961. He describes the National League race where the underdog Reds win the pennant. It is a bit of a dated baseball book. Since I am 65, I still remember Stan Musial, Willie Mays, Sandy Koufax, Frank Robinson, Vada Pinson, Don Drysdale and Warren Spahn among others. There are some really good baseball stories but nothing that would create great controversy or scandal. I also got a kick out of reading Brosnan's analysis of the pitiful 1961 Philadelphia Phillies. The Phillies had a horrible year ( even worse than this year) and experienced a 20 losing streak.

I downloaded this book from Kindle for $1.99. Not the best baseball book I've ever read but entertaining for an old fan like me.
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writemoves | 2 other reviews | Jul 16, 2017 |



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