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Crazy '08: How a Cast of Cranks, Rogues, Boneheads, and Magnates Created the Greatest Year in Baseball History

3 Ratings: 4.3
A book by Cait Murphy

Starred Review.It's been almost a century since the loopy shenanigans of 1908 that produced whatFortunemagazine editor Cait Murphy calls "the year that baseball comes of age," but the resultant drama has hardly faded with time. Although baseball books … see full wiki

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Author: Cait Murphy
Publisher: Smithsonian
3 reviews about Crazy '08: How a Cast of Cranks, Rogues,...
review by . October 11, 2008
Murphy makes a good case in her 1908 baseball season history for its being the greatest season in baseball, and the beginning of the modern era of baseball. The pennant race was a classic, decided only after the post-season makeup of the "Merkle game".     Pittsburgh, Chicago (then and never since a NL powerhouse!), and the NY Giants finished in a rush, the Cubs winning easily over Detroit in the anti-climactic World Series.    But the players and the events …
review by . June 11, 2007
The author claims that 1908 was the greatest year in baseball history, and after reading the book it's difficult to disagree with her, although as a rabid Philllies fan I'm rather partial to the 1980 season, when my team won its only World Series (to date). This is an extremely well-written book, and it delves into the year 1908 in great detail, but it does also give some information about non-basebal events. Also, the mini-biographies of the prominent people of that era were quite welcome, and …
review by . April 07, 2007
Cait Murphy has composed a splendidly written chronicle of a year in the life of baseball. "Crazy `08" builds fast with a sweeping history of the years preceding '08. It then ties together story after fascinating story, breathing life into the dead ball era. This is not simply a baseball book, it is a book about life, competition, egos, culture, and a nation. The portraits are not always pretty, because baseball (and life) are not always attractive. However Murphy's paintings of these pictures are …
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