The classic inside account of a baseball year by a major league pitcher. It begins, appropriately, with the winter doldrums and "sweating out" a new contract, then follows the author and his family to spring training in Florida and through the full season's schedule to October. "One of the best baseball books ever written. It is probably one of the best American diaries as well." -New York Times Book Review.
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Jim Brosnan pitched in the major leagues for the Chicago Cubs, the Cincinnati Reds, the St. Louis Cardinals, and the Chicago White Sox, and was a sports commentator for ABC. His books include Pennant Race and Great Baseball Pitchers. He lives in Morton Grove, Illinois, outside of Chicago.Review:
For the first half of the twentieth century, baseball biographies tended to be written with boys in mind, with all the depth and complexity of comic strips. Then, in 1960, Brosnan, a relief pitcher of little fame, published his account of the 1959 season, which he started with the St. Louis Cardinals and ended with the Cincinnati Reds. Though he omitted the prurient details that would mark later sports books, his unvarnished record of the mundanities of a ballplayers’ existence was a revelation to the world at large. Fans were amazed that an athlete could write, and athletes were upset that he would write. Many were angry that they had been portrayed as actual human beings. Brosnan (dubbed “The Professor” because he enjoyed reading for pleasure) went on to write other books, but, more importantly, his example encouraged other athletes to write honestly as well. Funny, candid, and even more interesting because it doesn’t chronicle an exceptional season (something Brosnan reserved for his second book, Pennant Race, 1962), this book was a game changer. (Booklist)
The best of its kind. . . timeless. . . . Over the years some players were even smart enough to grasp that The Long Season did them, and baseball, a favor, by capturing its human side and in so doing making them more, rather than less, interesting and admirable. (The Review of Higher Education)
One of the best baseball books ever written. It is probably one of the best American diaries as well. (The New York Times)
Brosnan provides a dose of humor, a touch of self-deprecation and a shot of unvarnished reality. (The Plain Dealer)
Rich and always interesting....This is the most authentic and convincing book about baseball I have ever read. (Robert R. Kirsch Los Angeles Times)
An honest book that furnished an insight into the ballplayer's life which no outsider could possibly get. (Red Smith)
The greatest baseball book ever written. (Jimmy Cannon)
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