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May 15, 2012

Summer Of 68 (The season that changed baseball, and America forever)

Tim Wendel takes us back to the tumultuous year of 1968. The assassinations of Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy, the raging war in Vietnam, race relations, and the caustic political environment of that year are the dark clouds ever present in Wendell's book. But with all of that, a baseball season still had to be played. Wendel's gift is that he is able to see how all of that turmoil played out on the field, the dugout, and off the field. And while he also analyzes these same events and their effect on other sports, make no mistake, his focus is squarely on major league baseball. Wendel follows the seasons of the eventual pennant winners - the St. Louis Cardinals, and the Detroit Tigers. Deemed the year of the pitcher, 1968 was the beginning of the end as far as baseball being America's favorite sport. Football would soon supplant it. But the '68 season would be one for the ages. By the time Wendell gets to the World Series, it almost seems anticlimatic. But that exciting contest is relived through the eyes of Bob Gibson, Denny McLain, Micky Lolich, Tim McCarver and other players less remembered today like Detroit pitcher Jon Warden. Detroit would go on to win the World Series four games to three. Wendel reminds us how important that championship was in helping to calm Detroit neighborhoods where the previous summer violent riots broke out.

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