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Milwaukee Braves-Heroes and Heartbreak


I can not even the imagine the pain involved with being a fan of a team, and then one day they are gone.  They cease to exist for whatever reason.  Perhaps they just moved to another city or became a new franchise altogether in a new location. Being a Phillies fan my entire life I have been lucky enough, or cursed depending on how you look at it, to have them in the same place for my 40-plus years.  Fans in Montreal, St.Louis and of course Washington understand the pain I am talking about, but what about Milwaukee.  They had the Braves for over a decade and had sustained success in that town, then one day they were gone.  Today’s book take a look at their short stay in Milwaukee and the glory that accompanied it

By:william Povletich-2009 Wisconson Historical Society Press

By:William Povletich-2009 Wisconson Historical Society Press

William Povletich has created a really entertaining and informative book.  He takes an in-depth look at the Braves 13 year stay in Wisconsin, where they never had a losing season.  If that wasn’t a match made in heaven for the Braves fans, what is?  The author has a special passion for the Milwaukee Braves that comes through in his writing which is an enjoyable aspect of this book.

Weaving through their short stay in Milwaukee starting with their arrival from Boston, you see the move to their new home and their ascension to the World Series.  You see the how the Braves were able to maintain winning seasons in their new town and able to garner some fan support of the quality players they provided for fan enjoyment.  Alas, it was not to be and you see how the Braves were drawn in by Atlanta and eventually left for greener pastures.

The pictures included in this book are really great.  I have read a few Braves books like this in the past and don’t ever remember seeing photos like these.  One other aspect of the book that is enjoyable is the player interviews.  The guys who actually played in Milwaukee during those glory years give you their take on events and how they unfolded.

Even if you have read other books about the Milwaukee Braves, you should still check this one out.  This books writing style and photos give it an entirely different feel than some of the others.  Each book offers different things about the same subject, and this one has earned its rightful place among them.  Braves fans will not be disappointed.

You can get this book from the nice folks at the Wisconsin Historical Society Press

http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/whspress/books/book.asp?book_id=342

Happy Reading

Gregg

Down To The Last Pitch – A World Series Classic


Nostalgia can be a wonderful thing.  It can take you back to a cherished memory, or a wretched heartbreak.  The beautiful thing about nostalgia is it becomes whatever you want it to be.  Sometimes it becomes greater than it really was.  Today’s book does just that for me.

The 1991 World Series, more accurately Game 7 of the 1991 World Series is considered by many to be an all time classic.  What Game 7 means to each fan is a totally different and personal thing.  To me it takes me back to my college days sitting around watching the game with all my friends.  I didn’t have a dog in that World Series fight but it created a cherished memory for me that night none the less.  Tonight’s choice I think is now obvious…….

Down To The Last Pitch

By:Tim Wendel – 2014

DaCapo Press

I was very surprised by this book.  What I expected and what I got were two totally different things.  What I expected was a book that detailed every move made in every game which I got.  I also expected analyzation of all the moves that were made and ones not made, which I got as well.  And also I expected the awnswers to the questions of who, what, when, where, how and why two teams that were in last place the year before wound up in the World Series.  Which of course I got as well.

But what I didn’t expect was showing the reader how this World Series and those specific seven games fit into the entire realm of baseball lore in 1991.  You have to remember this was fresh off the Pete Rose Scandal (Yes I think he should be in the Hall of Fame), on the doorstep of skyrocketing player salaries and not so far down the road a MLBPA strike that would cancel the 1994 World Series.  The author takes you through each of these things and shows you what other events transpired during that year (1991).   Then he shows you if and why it had any effect on the game of baseball itself,  the World Series and any ramifications that came from those said events.

Now keep in mind this book does get written Twenty plus years after the events happened.  So it makes it easier to see how each event of that season may have intertwined and created the end results.  At the given time I don’t think there were very many of us thinking…”Hey we are watching something really important here”.  Unless you had a time machine and could see the significance this game would have, it was just another Game 7.  While they don’t come along as often as we would like we still knew, in the end, someone was going to lose and someone crowned a champion.

Whether you are a fan of the Minnesota Twins, Atlanta Braves or just enjoy the World Series as an event, you will enjoy this book.  The only problems with this book for me was the talk about the passing of Kirby Puckett.  The game lost a great one with that guy.  That seemed a little out-of-place because you find yourself enthralled in the story and almost upbeat comparing your memories of the game to the authors writings. The only other issue I had with it was it tended to bounce around to another subject at odd times.  Midway through the chapter about Game 1, it bounced to a story about the author working at USA Today three years prior.   It really had no link to that part of, or even the overall story.   It just seemed there was a better way to make those transitions if that was something they wanted to keep in the storyline.

Overall Tim Wendel did a good job with this book.  It brought back a lot of good memories for me of that Sunday night, many moons ago when I had less grey hair.  It definitely takes you back to a day long gone by and almost makes you wish you were still there when they were …….down to the last pitch.

You can get this book from the nice folks at DaCapo Press http://www.dacapopress.com

Happy Reading

Gregg