The inside story of Hank Aaron's chase for the home run record, with an introduction by Tom Wolfe. In One for the Record, George Plimpton recounts Hank Aaron's thrilling race to become the new home run champion. Amid media frenzy and death threats, Aaron sought to beat Babe Ruth's record. In 1974 he finally succeeded. A fascinating examination of the psychology of baseball players, One for the Record gives an absorbing account of the men on the mound who had to face Aaron. But the audiobook's true genius lies in the portrait of Aaron himself and his discussions of his philosophy on hitting and the game of baseball.
"Plimpton's One for the Record is another in his series of thinking man's books about sports.... Plimpton's crisp chronological reportorial job is a pleasure.... I found Plimpton's enthusiastic pursuit of this modest moment in history infectious." (Los Angeles Times)
"Plimpton's account of the home run quest proves to be well worth the reading, even for people who thought Babe Ruth was a candy bar and Aaron a biblical prophet. Writing with his usual grace and attention to the small but significant detail, Plimpton makes it all seem much fresher than when it was happening." (Chicago Daily News Service)