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3.71 out of 53.71 out of 53.71 out of 53.71 out of 53.71 out of 5 3.71 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tom Adelman Narrator: Richard M. Davidson Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2004 ISBN:
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Critically acclaimed writer Tom Adelman is hailed as a renegade by the Village Voice Literary Supplement for his aggressive, no-holds-barred style. The Long Ball is his dynamic re-telling of baseball's thrilling 1975 season.

The year began with the dawning of free agency and ended with the greatest World Series of all time, featuring a legendary home run by Boston catcher Carlton Fisk. It was a season of such larger-than-life ballplayers as Reggie Jackson, Pete Rose, Catfish Hunter, Carl Yastrzemski, and Johnny Bench. From the preseason through the World Series, Adelman shares the fascinating back stories and recounts the classic games in such striking details that you'll swear you hear bats cracking.

A behind-the-scenes account that is blunt, funny, and sometimes shocking, The Long Ball is an engrossing story whether you love baseball or not. Richard M. Davidson narrates with all the panache of a play-by-play radio announcer. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hillary | 1/4/2014

    " Even though I knew what was going to happen I still enjoyed reading how the final outcome was achieved and everything that lead up to it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elisabeth | 10/27/2013

    " Just an excellent baseball history book...and it's partly about the A's! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andy Wiggins | 10/9/2013

    " Another good summer book dealing with Baseball. Tracks the entire 1975 season with in depth looks at the personalities involved. May have taken place before you were even born - but the characters are just as vivid and compelling today as they were then. Non fiction that reads like a novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 A. | 8/20/2012

    " I didn't enjoy this as much as Adelman's other book, about the Orioles/Dodgers World Series, but I think that's because neither the Reds nor the Red Sox are my personal team. Fans of those teams might dig it more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John | 8/1/2012

    " Great review of the '75 Season all the way thru the series...Reds and Socks. The beginnings of free agency...the coaches and managers....injuries....quite a bit happened that year. The last I would follow until I got to Ole Miss after my hitch in the Navy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diener | 4/1/2012

    " Enjoyable tale of a fabled baseball season, and a historic World Series known by the iconic image of Carlton Fisk waving the ball fair. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bookwoman7 | 12/21/2011

    " Ok - it was amazing if you are a fan of baseball - not just a baseball team. You won't be able to put it down - and you will become very literate in the history of the game. A perfect summer read about the Boys of Summer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 11/24/2011

    " Baseball lovers will enjoy the historical perspective, outrageous characters and play by play. Non ball lovers need not bother. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Terry Gallagher | 9/29/2011

    " I didn't "read" this book, but listened to it on cassettes. Highly recommended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brad | 8/26/2010

    " I am a huge fan of baseball and of more specifically the Cincinnati Reds. This book is a must read for any fans of the Reds or the "Big Red Machine" "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 7/26/2010

    " This was very enjoyable. And several times it took me back vividly to a really great summer when I was 12 years old. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 5/19/2010

    " Baseball lovers will enjoy the historical perspective, outrageous characters and play by play. Non ball lovers need not bother. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diener | 8/17/2009

    " Enjoyable tale of a fabled baseball season, and a historic World Series known by the iconic image of Carlton Fisk waving the ball fair. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bookwoman7 | 7/5/2009

    " Ok - it was amazing if you are a fan of baseball - not just a baseball team. You won't be able to put it down - and you will become very literate in the history of the game. A perfect summer read about the Boys of Summer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elisabeth | 5/21/2009

    " Just an excellent baseball history book...and it's partly about the A's! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John | 5/2/2009

    " Great review of the '75 Season all the way thru the series...Reds and Socks. The beginnings of free agency...the coaches and managers....injuries....quite a bit happened that year. The last I would follow until I got to Ole Miss after my hitch in the Navy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andy | 7/20/2008

    " Another good summer book dealing with Baseball. Tracks the entire 1975 season with in depth looks at the personalities involved. May have taken place before you were even born - but the characters are just as vivid and compelling today as they were then. Non fiction that reads like a novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hillary | 3/14/2008

    " Even though I knew what was going to happen I still enjoyed reading how the final outcome was achieved and everything that lead up to it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 A. | 7/31/2007

    " I didn't enjoy this as much as Adelman's other book, about the Orioles/Dodgers World Series, but I think that's because neither the Reds nor the Red Sox are my personal team. Fans of those teams might dig it more. "

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About the Narrator

Richard M. Davidson is an actor and Earphones Award–winning narrator. Trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, he is well versed in theater and has had a long-standing career in acting, including a lead role in the show Diamonds, which aired on the CBS network, and a part in ESPN’s The Hustle.