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Swinging '73: Baseball's Wildest Season: The Incredible Year Baseball Got the Designated Hitter, Wife-swapping Pitchers, World Champion A's, and Willie Mays Said Go

Swinging '73: Baseball's Wildest Season: The Incredible Year Baseball Got the Designated Hitter, Wife-swapping Pitchers, World Champion A's, and Willie Mays Said Go

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Paperback, Globe Pequot Pr, 2013, ISBN13 9780762780600, ISBN10 0762780606
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Looks at the eccentricities of the 1973 baseball season, the first year with a designated hitter, and the larger national context in which it was played.

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Looks at the eccentricities of the 1973 baseball season, the first year with a designated hitter, and the larger national context in which it was played.

Interest and attendance were dropping, and football was ascending. Stuck in a rut, baseball was dying. Then Steinbrenner bought the Yankees, a second-division club with wife-swapping pitchers, leaving the House That Ruth Built not with a slam but a simper. He vowed not to interfere--before soon changing his mind. Across town, Tom Seaver led the Mets' stellar pitching line-up, and iconic outfielder Willie Mays was preparing to say goodbye. For months, the Mets, under Yogi Berra, couldn't get it right. Meanwhile, the A's were breaking a ban on facial hair while maverick owner Charlie Finley was fighting to keep them underpaid. But beneath the muttonchops and mayhem, lay another world. Elvis commanded a larger audience than the Apollo landings. A Dodge Dart cost $2,800, gas was a quarter per gallon. A fiscal crisis loomed; Vietnam had ended, the vice president resigned, and Watergate had taken over. It was one of the most exciting years in the game's history, the first with the designated hitter and the last before arbitration and free agency. The two World Series opponents went head-to-head above the baby steps of a dynasty that soon dwarfed both league champions. It was a turbulent time for the country and the game, neither of which would ever be the same again.

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Number of Pages: 258
Original Languages: English
Author: Silverman, Matthew
Book Format: Paperback
Publisher: Globe Pequot Pr
ISBN-13: 9780762780600
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H): 6.00 x 8.75 x 0.75 Inches
ISBN-10: 0762780606
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