The Year Of The Pitcher

The Year Of The Pitcher

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In 1968, two remarkable pitchers would dominate the game as well as the broadsheets. One was black, the other white. Bob Gibson, together with the St. Louis Cardinals, embodied an entire generation's hope for integration at a heated moment in American history. Denny McLain, his adversary, was a crass self-promoter who eschewed the team charter and his Detroit Tigers teammates to zip cross-country in his own plane. For one season, the nation watched as these two men and their teams swept their respective league championships to meet at the World Series.

Gibson set a major league record that year with a 1.12 ERA. McLain won more than thirty games in 1968, a feat that hadn't been achieved since 1934 and has been untouched since. Together, the two have come to stand as iconic symbols, giving the fans "The Year of the Pitcher" and changing the game. Evoking a nostalgic season and its incredible characters, this is the story of one of the great rivalries in sports, and an indelible portrait of the national pastime during a turbulent year - and the two men who electrified fans from all walks of life.

ISBN: 9781328557285

Published Date: September 4, 2018

Publisher: Mariner Books

Language: English

Page Count: 381

Size: 8.00" l x 5.27" w x 1.13" h