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October Men: Reggie Jackson, George Steinbrenner, Billy Martin, and the… (edition 2003)

by Roger Kahn (Author)

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The author of the modern classic The Boys of Summer brings his unparalleled narrative gifts to another unforgettable team. On the morning of October 2nd, 1978, the World Champion New York Yankees found themselves tied for first place with the Boston Red Sox. That day these rousing ball clubs would meet at Fenway Park. Both had won 99 games. Only one would win 100. By any rational standard the Yankees should have been reaching for their golf clubs.They had feuded, barked, and roared all season, until by mid-July they were fourteen games out of first place. Then came the spectacular self-destruction of Billy Martin: The Yankees' fortunes turned and a fractious band of ballplayers finally became a team. They capped one of the most thrilling comebacks in baseball history by defeating the Red Sox that October afternoon in a game that many still remember as the greatest ever played. Richly lyrical and raffishly funny, October Men weaves the first in-depth account of the legendary season of '78. Transporting us into the midst of the Bronx menagerie, Kahn reviews New York's colorful baseball history; takes us to the clubhouses and hotel bars where the season's dramatics played out; and introduces us to the outsized October Men: imperious George Steinbrenner; force of nature Reggie Jackson; Bucky Dent, whose three-run homer in the playoff left Boston a wash of tears; and others from Bob Lemon to Thurman Munson. 1978 was a troubled year for America, not just for the Yankees, and the team reflected its ills: alcoholism, broken homes, social unrest and racism. But in rising above turmoil, the October Men became an inspiration for the country. Roger Kahn has rendered their story into a classic of American literature.… (more)
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Title:October Men: Reggie Jackson, George Steinbrenner, Billy Martin, and the Yankees' Miraculous Finish in 1978
Authors:Roger Kahn (Author)
Info:Harcourt (2003), Edition: First Edition, 392 pages
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Substantially better that Boys of Summer, imo. Kahn's experience here comes in handy to give the reader some deep, but needed, context. (This is the Yankees, after all, and history matters!) This as opposed to the personal reminiscences in Boys of Summer, which are mainly vehicles for nostalgia. This is much more the upside of Kahn's approach to writing baseball. One of the better books on 1970s baseball--clear-eyed, but not unenthusiastic. One thing that may disturb some folks is that the book has so little about the Yankees' big drive to catch the Red Sox in the latter part of the season. A weird choice to softpedal one of the things we most remember about the 1978 season. But what *is* here is good. ( )
  ehines | Nov 18, 2012 |
I'm a little biased since I lived in New Jersey and was a Yankees fan when all this happened but...this is a great look at the "Bronx Zoo" that was the Yankees' clubhouse of the late 1970's.

Kahn provides great background information on all the key characters and writes it like a good novel. Knowing the outcome takes a little of the excitement away, but this a great book for any baseball fan. ( )
  ClydePark2007 | Nov 21, 2007 |
A great book on my favorite team of all time. I was a just a boy coming into baseball when this all happened. I remember it all like yesterday and this book gives a little bit of the inside story. A must read for baseball and Yankee fans alike! Even you Red Sox fan! ( )
  bryanspellman | Mar 14, 2007 |
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The author of the modern classic The Boys of Summer brings his unparalleled narrative gifts to another unforgettable team. On the morning of October 2nd, 1978, the World Champion New York Yankees found themselves tied for first place with the Boston Red Sox. That day these rousing ball clubs would meet at Fenway Park. Both had won 99 games. Only one would win 100. By any rational standard the Yankees should have been reaching for their golf clubs.They had feuded, barked, and roared all season, until by mid-July they were fourteen games out of first place. Then came the spectacular self-destruction of Billy Martin: The Yankees' fortunes turned and a fractious band of ballplayers finally became a team. They capped one of the most thrilling comebacks in baseball history by defeating the Red Sox that October afternoon in a game that many still remember as the greatest ever played. Richly lyrical and raffishly funny, October Men weaves the first in-depth account of the legendary season of '78. Transporting us into the midst of the Bronx menagerie, Kahn reviews New York's colorful baseball history; takes us to the clubhouses and hotel bars where the season's dramatics played out; and introduces us to the outsized October Men: imperious George Steinbrenner; force of nature Reggie Jackson; Bucky Dent, whose three-run homer in the playoff left Boston a wash of tears; and others from Bob Lemon to Thurman Munson. 1978 was a troubled year for America, not just for the Yankees, and the team reflected its ills: alcoholism, broken homes, social unrest and racism. But in rising above turmoil, the October Men became an inspiration for the country. Roger Kahn has rendered their story into a classic of American literature.

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