The major league baseball season of 1988 was an amazing one, the Los Angeles Dodgers managed to overcome incredible adversity due to injuries and defeat the New York Mets in the National League playoffs and the heavily favored Oakland Athletics in the World Series. However, the most amazing event of that year was when Hershiser set the all-time record for consecutive scoreless innings. In his last 6 starts, including one of ten innings, Hershiser did not give up a single run, breaking fellow Dodger Don Drysdale's record. In many ways, this is one of the most difficult records to break, for a single mistake could lead to a home run or two errors in an inning would almost certainly lead to a run being scored. A batter on a consecutive game-hitting streak can make several mistakes while at the plate and still get a hit. This book is Hershiser's account of that season with a bit of autobiography and religious evangelical discussion thrown in. From my perspective, the season was so amazing that everything other than the baseball should have been left out. I was watching the game live when Kirk Gibson hit his famous home run and even though I was rooting for the Athletics, even to me it remains one of the most exciting events ever to occur in sports. Dramatic is an understatement; from the moment that Gibson walked out of the dugout the tension was almost oppressive. A great deal led up to that moment and the Dodgers winning the World Series, I would have preferred hearing more about the events of the season that the Dodgers had.
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