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The 1945 Detroit Tigers: Nine Old Men and One Young Left Arm Win It All [Anglais] [Broché]

Burge Carmon Smith

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Great Summary of What I Was Too Young to Appreciate at the Time 2 janvier 2011
Par Bill Emblom - Publié sur
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Since I only turned two years old during the 1945 baseball season I have no personal recollection to look back on. I had heard of Hall of Famer Hank Greenberg, of course, and the names of those who made it into the 1950s such as Hal Newhouser, Virgil Trucks, Paul "Dizzy" Trout, and Art Houtteman. Paul Richards went on to manage in the 1950s and Billy Pierce went on to star with the White Sox after that sorry trade the Tigers made for catcher Aaron Robinson. The names Jimmy Outlaw, Eddie Mayo, and Roy Cullenbine were just, well, names to me.

Author Burge Carmon Smith has brought to light a neglected subject, especially for fans of the Detroit Tigers with his wonderful effort entitled The 1945 Detroit Tigers. Sometimes books of this sort can get carried away with game details, and there is a bit of that in the book, but he also sprinkles anecdotes about the players in addition to commentary from various sportswriters degrading this fall classic since so many of baseball's best were in the military service. When asked who he thought would win Chicago sportswriter Warren Brown predicted nobody would win since he felt both teams were too inept to pull out a victory. I guess if both teams were to be degraded to this extent then it didn't say much for the rest of the league.

The author points out how catcher Paul Richards assisted Hal Newhouser in controlling his temper and turning him into a winner. Newhouser went from being Hurricane Hal to Prince Hal. According to the author outfielder Doc Cramer was the one who patented the sliding catch by an outfielder. The Tigers needed a big bat in their lineup so they made a trade with Cleveland for outfielder Roy Cullenbine who went on to have a career year. The July return of Hank Greenberg from military service provided another big bat into the lineup as did the late season addition of Virgil Trucks to the pitching staff. Manager Steve O'Neill was at the helm to guide these "nine old men and one young left arm" into the World Series and defeat the Chicago Cubs of Charlie Grimm in this not-so-classic Fall Classic. I also noticed that the first three games were played in Detroit's Briggs Stadium with the last four in Chicago's Wrigley Field rather than have the teams travel back and forth.

We also get to learn a few things about outfielder Pete Gray of the St. Louis Browns, and why he wasn't on the best of terms with some of his teammates. The mysterious release of winning pitcher Hank Borowy by the New York Yankees and his subsequent passage via waivers through the American League where he was picked up by the Cubs is puzzling. I would have thought the Tigers could have used him at the time instead of waiting until 1950 to sign him. Cubs' manager Charley Grimm's decision to use a tired Borowy in game seven of the series and then relieving with Oom Paul Derringer instead of starting a well-rested pitcher proved to be the team's downfall.

I've been a fan of the Tigers since 1952 when Rolfe the Red was at the helm, and this book provided me with a wonderful summation of what I was too young to appreciate at the time.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The 1945 Detroit Tigers by Burge Smith 28 mai 2012
Par Mike Wagner - Publié sur
I'm a New York Yankees fan. For a short time I lived near Burge Smith. Mr. Smith is a very nice gentleman. We talked about old time baseball and looked at each others baseball book manuscripts. I promised I would purchase his book when published.

This became a book that was hard to put down. We all know that doesn't always happen. Mr. Smith is really a superb writer. I've certainly learned much about Hank Greenberg, Hal Newhouser, the 1945 Detroit Tigers, and 1945 baseball. I was honestly sorry to finish the book because he is a truly excellent and interesting writer. I hope he comes out with another book!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Tigers win it all in 1945 17 août 2013
Par George D. Bullock - Publié sur
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This is a very thorough recapitulation of the last WWII baseball year from the vantage point of a Tiger fan.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Very Solid Baseball History 21 novembre 2010
Par Robert Morrow - Publié sur
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The author does an excellent job weaving personal experience and the story of an unusual baseball season. He never allows his personal narrative to interfere with the central plot (unlike Jane Leavy's recent work on Mickey Mantle). From the early sequence describing Hank Greenberg's pennant winning blast through Steve O'Neill's juggling act with a roster of borderline major leaguers and returning veterans, you gain an appreciation for the central role baseball held in American life during the first sixty years of the 20th century.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 My First and Only Baseball Team 7 juin 2014
Par Curtis Wells - Publié sur
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When I was ten I started following the Detroit Tigers. What a way to begin--the Tigers won the World Series. To this day i remember all of the Tigers--starters as well as bench players.
If you are a true tiger fan you`ll enjoy this one great year in their history. That`s Prince Hal on the cover!!
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