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By Robert on 02-28-07
History comes alive!
The first review I ever did here was for "Clemente" ~ which I loved. However, after listening to "Honus Wagner" I can say that I'm even more impressed! Wagner's career coincided w/ the growth of baseball from a "game" to a "sport" and he was truly its' best ambassador.
Besides the expected details of The Flying Dutchman's career w/ the Pittsburgh Pirates, we are also introduced to the dramatic changes that were happening in America at the turn of the 20th Century. Automobiles replacing carriages; athletes & actors replacing statesmen & scholars as the public's sweethearts; Coporate mergers & takeovers affecting everday life; etc.
Plus there is SOOO MUCH I learned about old time baseball that I never knew before: The DH rule nearly introduced in the 1890's; Rabid fans who roadtripped across the circuit to cheer their teams; players suspected of using "performance enhancements" and the public's outcry.
An INCREDIBLE read that literally brought a tear to my eye when completed. BRAVO HONUS!!
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By Joe on 04-04-15
Bringing the great Honus Wagner back to life
When the events an author is writing about happened 100 years ago, the best compliments a reader can pay the writer is to say the material is well-researched and entertaining. That is undoubtedly the case here. While by no means is this an elite biography, Wagner himself was an elite player, truly one of the all-time greats. I wanted to learn a lot more about him and about how the game was played at the turn of the last century, and this book accomplished both. in particular, the narration was very enjoyable.
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