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FormerNew York Daily Newsbeat reporter Pepe considers the 1970s to be the decade that changed baseball, and he makes a strong case. In the seventies, the reserve clause was replaced by free agency (1975), leading to the first -million-dollar contract (Nolan Ryan, Houston, 1979); the designated hitter was established (Ron Blomberg, Yankees, 1973); and the first players' strike occurred (1972). These are among hundreds of examples sited in this impressive, well-illustrated compendium, which is accompanied by a DVD,Baseball Comes of Age.Chapters are called "innings," one for each year of the decade, and feature excerpts from conversations with notable sluggers, pitchers, base stealers, and managers, all held together by Pepe's own lively prose. Whether describing Reggie Jackson's amazing feat of hitting three back-to-back home runs in the 1977 World Series or recounting the poignant day when Frank Robinson became the first black manager in the majors (for the Indians in 1974), Pepe delivers an enticing piece of baseball history. A must for any sports collection.Mary Frances Wilkens
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ISBN-10:  1572438398
ISBN-13:  978-1572438392
Author:  Phil Pepe
Publisher:  Triumph Books
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Phil Pepe has written and ghostwritten many sports books, and in this outing he puts together a fast moving oral history of the 1970s on and off the diamond.        The decade started with the game-changing off-the-field salvo of Curt Flood's challenge to the reserve clause, and ended with the on-the-field triumph of the 1979 "We are Fam-a-lee" Pittsburgh Pirates in the bold gold stretch double-knit and stovepipe hats.  Pepe weaves together short recaps …
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