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  • Any good books focusing on the 1980's?

    Looking at taking a trip back down memory lane. Are there any books from the 1980's are that really worth the read?

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    Originally posted by Cap78 View Post
    Looking at taking a trip back down memory lane. Are there any books from the 1980's are that really worth the read?
    The Bad Guys Won, its about the 1986 Mets.
    unknown brooklyn cabbie " how are the brooks doin"
    unknown fan "good they got three men on base"
    unknown brooklyn cabbie "which one?"

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    • #3
      Originally posted by theAmazingMet View Post
      The Bad Guys Won, its about the 1986 Mets.
      Read some reviews on that that were not the best, from it being just a long magazine article to being critical of authors sources

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      • #4
        Jay Johnstone's Temporary Insanity. If only for a verbatim transcript of what Lee Elia said when he ripped the Cubs fans.
        Dave Bill Tom George Mark Bob Ernie Soupy Dick Alex Sparky
        Joe Gary MCA Emanuel Sonny Dave Earl Stan
        Jonathan Neil Roger Anthony Ray Thomas Art Don
        Gates Philip John Warrior Rik Casey Tony Horace
        Robin Bill Ernie JEDI

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        • #5
          I read The Bad Guys Won and wouldn't recommend it.

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          • #6
            Check out George Will's Men at Work: The Craft of Baseball. . I remember enjoying when I read it some 20 years ago.

            http://www.amazon.com/Men-Work-The-C...ds=men+at+work

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            • #7
              I enjoyed Nine Innings by Daniel Okrent. You may or may not like this type of book but i do. On the same line as Pure Baseball by Keith Hernandez
              My blog - http://sandlotwisdom.blogspot.com/

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              • #8
                The best suggestion I can think of would be Roger Angell, and his book Season Ticket. This one covers the seasons 1983 through 1987. Roger Angell is my favorite baseball author, and maybe my favorite author overall. He writes about each season, from the perspective of his place as a free lance writer whose material often shows up in the magazine The New Yorker. He's the best in our time, IMO.

                http://www.amazon.com/Season-Ticket-...s=Roger+Angell
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by abolishthedh View Post
                  The best suggestion I can think of would be Roger Angell, and his book Season Ticket. This one covers the seasons 1983 through 1987. Roger Angell is my favorite baseball author, and maybe my favorite author overall. He writes about each season, from the perspective of his place as a free lance writer whose material often shows up in the magazine The New Yorker. He's the best in our time, IMO.

                  http://www.amazon.com/Season-Ticket-...s=Roger+Angell
                  Sadly not offered for kindle

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by abolishthedh View Post
                    The best suggestion I can think of would be Roger Angell, and his book Season Ticket. This one covers the seasons 1983 through 1987. Roger Angell is my favorite baseball author, and maybe my favorite author overall. He writes about each season, from the perspective of his place as a free lance writer whose material often shows up in the magazine The New Yorker. He's the best in our time, IMO.

                    http://www.amazon.com/Season-Ticket-...s=Roger+Angell
                    You can get a free 4-week trial access to the New Yorker archives, so if you read fast, you can get all of Roger Angell, Updike's "Hub Fans Bid Kid Adieu," James Thurber's "Catbird Seat," and so forth all the way back to 1925. newyorker.com
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Jackaroo Dave View Post
                      You can get a free 4-week trial access to the New Yorker archives, so if you read fast, you can get all of Roger Angell, Updike's "Hub Fans Bid Kid Adieu," James Thurber's "Catbird Seat," and so forth all the way back to 1925. newyorker.com
                      Thanks for this...makes things interesting

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                      • #12
                        Thomas Boswell also had a book covering some of the seasons from the mid-80s. Terry Pluto had a fascinating book on the winter meetings following the 1984 season that provides an inside look at how the process of deal making in the off season was done. Then there are the player diary books of a season that came out such as Keith Hernandez for the 85 Mets, Phil Niekro for the 85 Yankees and the Niekro brothers together for the 87 season as they traded messages to each other.

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                        • #13
                          Haven't read it, so not sure how well it fits into your timeframe, but 1989 Rookie of the Year Gregg Olson has put out a self-pubbed book, a compilation of stories shared by his teammates. Olson is now a scout for the Padres.

                          http://sbpra.com/GreggOlsonandOceanPalmer/

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