By Tom Adelman
"Richly layered....An exciting and informative portrait of 2 underappreciated groups in an unforgettable time."--Boston Sunday Globe
The such a lot amazing global sequence ever? Many baseball fanatics could agree that it was once the epic 1966 conflict among the reigning champion la Dodgers and the perennial underdog Baltimore Orioles.
The godlike Sandy Koufax had led the Dodgers to victory in past international sequence, and had complete the season with twenty-seven wins, a private most sensible. Few open air Baltimore gave the Orioles - slugger Frank Robinson major a tender crew of no-name youngsters and promising clients - greater than a combating likelihood opposed to such sequence veterans as Koufax, Don Drysdale, Maury Wills, and the remaining. specialists have been having a bet that la might sweep it in 4. What transpired as a substitute astonished the state, because the maximum pitching functionality in global sequence background capped a redemption past imagining.
"Guaranteed to attain a house run." -Essence
"Astonishing. . . . Adelman is going well past the field rankings to get details that makes the gamers extra human and the video games extra dramatic." -San Diego Union-Tribune
"Black and Blue provides sturdy baseball motion, ownerly perfidy, and social context." -Boston Globe
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Black and Blue: Sandy Koufax, the Robinson Boys, and the World Series That Stunned America by Tom Adelman