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Author: Sridhar Pappu Narrator: Leon Nixon Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2018 ISBN: 9781977386069
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The Year of the Pitcher is the story of the remarkable 1968 baseball season, which culminated in one of the greatest World Series contests ever, with the Detroit Tigers coming back from a 3–1 deficit to beat the Cardinals in Game Seven of the World Series.

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 not achieved since 1934 and untouched since. Together, the two have come to stand as iconic symbols, giving the fans the “Year of the Pitcher” and changing the game.

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  • “Here’s the rare baseball book that succeeds as first-rate sports-writing and dramatic history…Prodigious reporting and beautiful writing.”

    Jonathan Eig, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Exciting…Devoted baseball fans will appreciate this story from one of major league’s best years.”

    Library Journal

  • “Especially insightful…A fine history of a vital period in the history of not only baseball, but America.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • The Year of the Pitcher stands up and stands out…Seldom does an era, and do sports personalities, come alive so vividly, and so unforgettably.”

    Boston Globe

  • “A highly engaging look at that ’68 season…Will appeal…to everyone interested in good baseball stories and the evolution of the game.”

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch

  • “This exciting work by New York Times columnist Pappu is a sophisticated look at the 1968 baseball season.”

    Publishers Weekly

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About the Author

Sridhar Pappu writes the Male Animal column for the New York Times. He began his award-winning career as a feature writer for the Chicago Reader and has served as a columnist at the New York Observer and as a correspondent for the Atlantic. In addition, he worked as a staff writer at Sports Illustrated and the Washington Post. A native of Oxford, Ohio, and graduate of Northwestern University, he currently lives in Brooklyn.

About the Narrator

Leon Nixon is a professional actor, playwright, and filmmaker. A Los Angeles native, he has performed in short films, web series, and on stage in dramatic and comedic roles. He is also an improviser and part of the group that appears in the Guinness Book of World Records for Longest Continuous Improv Show.