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More than beards, bellies and biceps :; the story of the 1993 Phillies (and the Phillie Phanatic too)

Gordon, Robert; Burgoyne, Tom

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ISBN 10: 1582614911 / ISBN 13: 9781582614915
Published by Sports Pub, [Champaign, Ill.], 2002
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Octavo in red-brown DJ; vii, 258 p, [8] p of b&w plates, b&w illus ; 24 cm. Signed by 10 authors. || Baseball -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia. Extremely little wear to DJ, faint rubbed fold to spine foot & foot fold & head & head fold, barely rubbed corners, large crease to rear endpaper, else very good+ to near fine(-) in very good+ DJ. First edition (presumed; no earlier dates stated). Bookseller Inventory # 81687

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Title: More than beards, bellies and biceps :; the ...

Publisher: Sports Pub, [Champaign, Ill.]

Publication Date: 2002

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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Stubble scruffed up their chins. Tobacco wads ballooned their cheeks. The '93 Phils had the look of a slow-pitch softball team itching to kick some serious butt. They did kick butt, too, on and off the field. "They lived the life of professional baseball players as fully as it can be done," manager Jim Fregosi says. Though they weren't a photogenic bunch, their mugs were everywhere, on Baseball Today, on the Letterman Show, on Saturday Night Live (Chris Farley made a helluva John Kruk). Even President Clinton quipped about them. A gang of baseball throwbacks, they quickly seduced the hometown fans. By season's end, they won over the rest of the country, too. America's Most Wanted Team became America's Team in a heart-thumping fall classic against Toronto. The '93 Phils drew more spectators than any other Philadelphia franchise in the city's century-and-a-quarter of professional sports. Here's the story of a team that burned the candle at both ends and lit up a city like a firecracker.

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Robert Gordon has now written or co-written six books about sports. His previous works include books about beloved Philadelphia teams like the 1960 Eagles and the 1985 Villanova Wildcats. He is also an executive communication coach and strategist, respected travel and restaurant writer, humor columnist, French tutor, and guitar teacher/performer.

Tom Burgoyne has been the official Phillie Phanatic since 1994 after serving as the backup from 1989 to 1993. He played a major role in the Phillies´ marketing department and was a creative force in the stadium scoreboard control room throughout the 1993 championship season. For 18 years Burgoyne has been well known and well connected in the Quaker City sports scene. He has appeared frequently in newspaper and magazine articles, radio programs, and TV shows, both as Tom Burgoyne and as the Phillie Phanatic.

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