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Crazy '08: How a Cast of Cranks, Rogues, Boneheads, and Magnates Created the Greatest Year in Baseball History
 
 
Author
Cait Murphy.
Publisher Harper Perennial  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 8 x 5.35 x 1 inches
ISBN 9780060889388
Pages/Publication Date 378/2007
Daedalus Item Code 33790
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Hard to believe today, but in October 1908 the Chicago Cubs were, without doubt, baseball's greatest team, as Cait Murphy makes clear in this thrilling account of a watershed year in baseball history. An assistant managing editor at Fortune magazine—and more to the point, a former Little League infielder who does not throw like a girl—Murphy recounts the year in which Frank Chance's Cubs went toe to toe to toe with John McGraw and Christy Mathewson's New York Giants and Honus Wagner's Pittsburgh Pirates for the National League pennant. Murphy's 1908 is a season in which so many weird and wonderful things happened that it is somehow unsurprising that a hairpiece, a swarm of gnats, a sudden bout of lumbago, and a disaster down in the mines all played a role in its outcome.

"All baseball fans know something about this [pennant-winning] game; few know the astonishing details Murphy supplies.... Murphy's book is rich in trivia—not that anything associated with baseball is really trivial. Did you know, for example, that when the Yankees were still the Highlanders (they played at the highest point in Manhattan) they adopted their interlocking NY lettering 'based on the Tiffany design for the Police Department's Medal of Honor'? Readers of Crazy '08 can almost smell the whiskey and taste the pigs' knuckles. This rollicking tour of that season will entertain readers interested in social history, will fascinate students of baseball and will cause today's Cub fans to experience an unaccustomed feeling—pride."—NYTBR

 
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