Play It Again: Baseball Experts on What Might Have Been

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"The history of baseball from 1869 to the controversial 2003 playoffs is literally rewritten in this compilation of fantasy scenarios. Chapters explore this fantasy history of baseball by eras, such as the beginning of the game as a professional sport, the deadball era, war years, growth years, the modern game and its most recent decades"--Provided by publisher.

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Broadcast journalist Jim Bresnahan is also the author of Revisioning the Civil War (2006). He lives in Lexington, Virginia.

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A panel of baseball experts including historians, journalists, former players, and broadcasters discusses some of the game's larger "what-if" questions. What if the game had been integrated prior to Jackie Robinson in 1947? What if Shoeless Joe Jackson hadn't been banned for life after the 1919 Black Sox betting scandal? Ted William's Hall of Fame career was interrupted by World War II and the Korean War. Give him back those five years and maybe he'd have been the first to pass Babe Ruth, not Hank Aaron. Would the Cubs have collapsed in 1969 if manager Leo Durocher had utilized his bench? Did injuries keep any players out of the Hall of Fame? Baseball guru Bill James feels Hal McRae--who had a very solid major league career--may have made it except for an ankle injury incurred in the minors, which robbed him of his speed. And what might have happened if pitcher Sandy Koufax hadn't been forced to retire due to arm problems. What if he would have undergone the revolutionary but then-experimental Tommy John surgery? This is like a great conversation in a sports bar except, at this literary watering hole, the participants know what they're talking about. Wes Lukowsky
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