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By Buzz Bissinger

Three Nights in August captures the strategic and emotional complexities of baseball's necessary shape, the three-game sequence. because the St. Louis Cardinals conflict their archrival Chicago Cubs, we watch from the dugout in the course of the eyes of the mythical Tony l. a. Russa, thought of by way of many to be the best supervisor of the trendy period. In his thirty-three years of dealing with, l. a. Russa received 3 international sequence titles and used to be named supervisor of the yr a checklist 5 occasions. He now stands because the third-winningest supervisor within the historical past of baseball. an outstanding chief, he equipped his good fortune at the conviction that ball video games are gained not just by way of the numbers but additionally by means of the hearts and minds of these who play.

Drawing on unheard of entry to an immense league skipper and his workforce, Buzz Bissinger portrays baseball with a revelatory intimacy and gives many unbelievable tactical insights. Bissinger additionally furthers the talk on significant league managerial kind and process in his provocative Afterword.

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So in 1930 major-league baseball operated pretty much as it always had, apparently with little inkling of the hard times ahead. On Monday, April 13, President Herbert Hoover—not yet reviled for his supposed indifference and inertia while the masses suffered, as he would be within another year or so—followed the custom established twenty years earlier by President William Howard Taft and threw out the first ball to open the season in the national capital. Hoover, a genuine baseball fan, stayed for the whole game, which Walter Johnson’s Senators lost to Boston, 4–3.

At Shibe Park in Philadelphia, a capacity turnout of 32,000 went home happy with a victory over the despised Yankees when Al Simmons, a holdout all spring who’d just signed for $30,000, hit a home run and won Lefty Grove’s game. Twelve days later, the Yankees opened at home before 66,000 by losing again to the defending World Series champions. About a third of the way into the season, a couple of things had become pretty clear: more people than ever were clicking the turnstiles at majorleague ballparks, and they were witnessing more potent offense than ever.

So many balls banged against the high tin fence in right field that Klein was able to throw out forty-four runners—an assist record never likely to be equaled. A couple of miles away, on Philadelphia’s north side in upscale Shibe the last fat year 31 Park, the Athletics played their home games before 118,000 fewer spectators than in 1929, but they maintained their standard of baseball excellence. On September 18, Mack’s team clinched its second-straight pennant, winning a 14–10 slugfest at Chicago, with Foxx and Simmons hitting homers.

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