August 2010

A Recommendation from Peter Gammons

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Peter Gammons (@pgammo) 8/30/10 5:32 AM
Great read:”Ready, Set, Play” by Mark Preisler. Parents/children bonding through sports, w/Kirk Gibson, Ripken, Nolan Ryan, the Boones.

Big Hair and Plastic Grass

Reviewed by Ben Platt of

Big Hair, Fake GrassFor most people old enough to remember the 1970s, they think of Watergate, disco, polyester, the bicentennial and an entire generation trying to put the war in Vietnam and the turbulence of the 1960s behind them and just party and have some fun on the dance floor.

In the baseball world, the 1970s represented dramatic changes for the game and its players, both on and off the field. Traditional sensibilities often clashed with a new wave of younger players who came of age in the preceding decade and wanted do things their way.

Author Dan Epstein chronicles every year of this strange decade of baseball in his new book, Big Hair and Plastic Grass: A Funny Ride through Baseball and America in the Swinging ’70s, which is in bookstores now.

“It took a long time to put together,” said the author. “It was an incredibly pleasurable research process, because I love baseball and a lot of this is from my childhood, and I’d say it took 10 years — the first five of me talking about it and giving me an excuse to buy a lot of old Sports Illustrated issues and team yearbooks and the next five getting the proposal together, shopping the idea and actually doing the research and writing the book.” Read More | Click here to buy the book

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