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by Lawrence S. Ritter,G. H. Fleming

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  • ISBN 0803269226
  • ISBN13 978-0803269224
  • Language English
  • Author Lawrence S. Ritter,G. H. Fleming
  • Publisher Bison Books; 1 edition (March 1, 2006)
  • Pages 332
  • Formats lit rtf doc azw
  • Category History
  • Subcategory Americas
  • Size ePub 1870 kb
  • Size Fb2 1478 kb
  • Rating: 4.5
  • Votes: 503

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The 1908 National League pennant race was without question the most exciting and dramatic battle of all time. Three teams, the Giants, the Cubs, and the Pirates, battled from start to finish, concluding the season with just one game separating them in the standings. The story of this race is like a Hall of Fame sprung to life, including John McGraw, Christy Mathewson, Tinker-to-Evers-to-Chance, Mordecai “Three Finger” Brown, and Honus Wagner. Yet the one name that truly stands out belongs to a young Giant rookie, Fred Merkle. His base-running blunder in a key game between the Giants and the Cubs cost the New Yorkers the pennant through an entirely unforeseeable set of circumstances that set off a near-riot in New York.

More than mere history, The Unforgettable Season uses a judicious selection of newspaper stories to recreate the unforgettable season through the eyes and florid language of sportswriters of the day. With no film, TV, or radio accounts of the game to cloud readers' minds with facts, the newspaper writers had free reign to invent and embellish the larger-than-life figures and events of 1908. It is their efforts that make this book often unintentionally hilarious and unforgettable.

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The Unforgettable Season book. Fleming does include some parenthetical asides in some of the news stories to explain some details that are not clear a century later; it’s almost always useful and never really gets in the way. I’m not sure if it would have been better had he used his own words to describe the whole thing. I wasn’t expecting it to be news stories, but it worked.

Gordon H. Fleming (June 4, 1920 – May 30, 1999) was an American writer, critic and professor who specialized in the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood

Gordon H. Fleming (June 4, 1920 – May 30, 1999) was an American writer, critic and professor who specialized in the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. Outside of academia he was best known for several "clippings books" he published about various baseball teams and seasons. These books used selections from newspapers of the time to create a day-by-day record of particularly interesting seasons in baseball history.

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Foreword by. Lawrence S. Ritter. It is their efforts that make this book often unintentionally hilarious and unforgettable. G. H. Fleming (1920–1999) was a professor emeritus of English literature and a freelance writer.

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The Unforgettable Season by G. Gordon H. The book recounts the melodramatic National League season of 1908, which included Fred Merkle's infamous "bonehead play" and the resulting playoff between the Chicago Cubs and the New York Giants.

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Why, one might ask, is Fleming (George Alfred Lawrence and the Victorian Sensation Novel) dabbling around in the baseball season of 1908? It doesn't take long to see, however, that his efforts in collecting and annotating contemporary press reports are, in a word, inspired. The 1908 National League pennant race remains nonpareil, with the Chicago Cubs, Pittsburgh Pirates, and New York Giants in a virtual dead head until the last few days of the season, and an entire nation galvanized (to the near eclipse of a presidential campaign) by its course.

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writting styles have definitely changed over the course of a hundred years. the book is a fascinating collection of newsclippings from various papers (mostly from New York) detailing the 1908 National League pennant race. the author adds clarifications of references made by the scribes that may be unknown to today's reader and occasional footnotes but otherwise lets the articles speak for themselves. if you're a nostaglia buff, avid basball fan or interested in popular styles of writting from long ago you will enjoy this book. I wish that pictures from the era would have been included to compliment the writtings that brings the characters of that day to life.
I'm very disappointed in this book. It is a collection of newspaper accounts of the 1908 baseball season that culminated in a virtual three team tie until a tie breaker was played on October 8th. There is no narrative or background of the players, with few exceptions, and I found most of the book a chore. Not until the fateful game of September 23rd involving Merkle's boner does the book catch momentum, but that is closer to the end than the start of the account.
Yes one does get a feel for the times and the exuberance of the populace for America's great game, but some narration would have broken up the recitation of the baseball writers' accounts of the wins and losses.
The description of the chaos at the end of the September 23rd game and the inquiry by the Board of Directors(Team owners) was fascinating as it should be since it spelled the forthcoming loss by the Giants at the hands of the crafty Frank Chance and Joe Tinker.
There were some interesting items that were new to me. For instance, up until 1951 the home team could decide whether to bat first or second. Secondly. NL President Harry Pulliam committed suicide in 1909. Many attribute his depression to his decisions regarding the famous Merkle mishap. Then there is this quote from a NY paper about Honus Wagner that struck me.(about his hold out in 1908). "Wagner has always been known as a player who worked for his individual record more than for the welfare of his team". But there is never any rebuttal or anything to confirm that statement; something a narrator could have done.
Finally I was amazed to learn that the Cincinnati Reds had already created the ability to have night baseball by 1908 and yet it was not sanctioned until 1935. I know my rating may cause furor with historians but it's just one fan's opnion
If you've ever started anticipating the opening of the baseball season in mid-January, gone to a high school game because it was the only available venue, still remember the voice of the play-by-play announcer from your youth and, yes, had your mother/wife/girlfriend throw away your 'useless' baseball card collection, then this is the book for you! Absolutely the best baseball book ever written. A meticulously pieced together collection of newspaper articles chronicling the 1908 season and it's dramatic finish. Remarkably contemporary in its coverage of issues and scandals not too far afield from those still troubling the sport today. A great read.
Could there have been such a time? The Chicago Cubs were the defending National League and World Champions of Baseball and were fighting to win their third straight pennant in 1908. The Cubs faced determined opposition from both the New York Giants and the Pittsburgh Pirates in a horse race that was going to be decided at the wire. What makes this account fascinating is that G. H. Fleming carefully edited actual newspaper accounts from a variety of contemporary sources to give the reader a feeling of what it was like to follow baseball in 1908. The grandstands were wooden, if you could not afford a ticket, you could climb a tree or find a knothole in the fence from which to watch. Ham sandwiches were as likely to be sold at games as hot dogs. The Cubs played their games on the West Side of Chicago and their uniforms and baggage were delivered to train stations by horse drawn wagons. The marquee players on all of the teams in the book have been immortalized in the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, with the sole exception of Turkey Mike Donlin and Harry Steinfeldt. This story has more than its share of excitement, including near riots on the playing field and a suicide of a top baseball official. It has been a full century since the Chicago Cubs celebrated a World Series Championship. Read this book and you will be transported back to the time of their last title.
The decision to tell this story through the words of contemporary sportswriters is positively inspired. Fleming captures all the tension, excitement and flavor of a great story.
A superb compilation of writings from this strange and wondrous baseball season, one that brings out not only the characters involved but the role of journalists in creating and perpetuating their public images.