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The Year of the Pitcher
Bob Gibson, Denny McLain, and the End of Baseball’s Golden Age
by Sridhar Pappu

The "golden age" of Major League Baseball was a period in time when the sport was the dominant pasttime in America and featured larger-than-life figures - Lou Gehrig, Ty Cobb, Ted Williams, Hank Greenberg, Rogers Hornsby, Babe Ruth - who captured the attention of an adoring public. It came to an abrupt end, arguably, after the 1968 season when the pitching mound was lowered and strike zone tightened, free agency was introduced and the league expanded into new cities, designated hitters and specialty relief pitchers entered the game, and football began to rise in prominence.

This book chronicles that pivotal year by following the season's most dominating pitchers, Bob Gibson and Denny McLain, from spring training to their penultimate confrontations in the World Series. Gibson outperformed McLain in their two season-ending matchups,  but it was McLain's Detroit Tigers that prevailed in the Series.
The Year of the Pitcher




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