Big Hair and Plastic Grass: A Funky Ride Through Baseball and America in the Swinging ’70s

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Thomas Dunne Books #ad - For the millions of fans who grew up during this time, this book serves up a delicious, and especially those who cared just as much about Oscar Gamble's afro as they did about his average, Technicolor trip down memory lane. The american popular culture and counterculture collided head-on with the national pastime, rocking the once-conservative sport to its very foundations.

Outspoken players embraced free agency, openly advocated drug use, and even swapped wives. Hank aaron and lou brock set new heights in power and speed while Reggie Jackson and Carlton Fisk emerged as October heroes and All-Star characters like Mark "The Bird" Fidrych became pop icons. The bronx is burning meets chuck klosterman in this wild pop-culture history of baseball's most colorful and controversial decade The Major Leagues witnessed more dramatic stories and changes in the ‘70s than in any other era.

Big Hair and Plastic Grass: A Funky Ride Through Baseball and America in the Swinging '70s #ad - Controversial owners such as charlie finley, prime-time World Series, and Ted Turner introduced Astroturf, Bill Veeck, garish polyester uniforms, and outlandish promotions such as Disco Demolition Night.

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Stars and Strikes: Baseball and America in the Bicentennial Summer of '76

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Thomas Dunne Books #ad - Dan epstein scored a cult hit with big Hair and Plastic Grass: A Funky Ride Through Baseball and America in the Swinging '70s. On the diamond, thurman munson led the new york yankees to their first World Series in a dozen years, but it was Joe Morgan and Cincinnati's "Big Red Machine" who cemented a dynasty with their second consecutive World Championship.

From the road to the white house to the shorts-wearing White Sox, Stars and Strikes tracks the tumultuous year after which the sport-and the nation-would never be the same. Sluggers mike schmidt and dave kingman dominated the headlines, while rookie sensation Mark "The Bird" Fidrych started the All-Star Game opposite Randy "Junkman" Jones.

For both the nation and the national pastime, the year was revolutionary, indeed. It was a year of bicentennial celebrations and presidential primaries, of Olympic glory and busing riots, of "killer bees" hysteria and Pong fever. Now he returns with a riotous look at the most pivotal season of the decade.

Stars and Strikes: Baseball and America in the Bicentennial Summer of '76 #ad - America, complex, 1976: colorful, and combustible. The season was defined by the outrageous antics of team owners Bill Veeck, and Charlie Finley, George Steinbrenner, as well as by several memorable bench-clearing brawls, Ted Turner, and a batting title race that became just as contentious as the presidential race.

From dorothy hamill's "wedge" haircut to kojak's chrome dome, the ramones, taxi driver, rocky, the bad news bears, kiss, as the nation erupted in a red-white-and-blue explosion saluting its two- hundredth year of independence, AMC Pacers, Hotel California, American pop culture was never more giddily effervescent than in this year of Jimmy Carter, CB radios, Happy Days, and Frampton Comes Alive!-it all came alive in '76!Meanwhile, Major League Baseball players waged a war for their own liberties by demanding free agency.

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Christmas: A Candid History

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University of California Press #ad - Did you knowfor three centuries christians did not celebrate Christmas? Puritans in England and New England made Christmas observances illegal? St. Packed with intriguing stories, christmas songs and movies, the Christmas tree, gift giving, the book explores the historical origins of traditions including Santa, the reindeer, based on research into myriad sources, full of insights, and more.

In a fascinating, to the holiday's spread across europe into the Americas and beyond, concise tour through history, the book tells the story of Christmas—from its pre-Christian roots, through the birth of Jesus, and to its mind-boggling transformation through modern consumerism. Written for everyone who loves and is simultaneously driven crazy by the holiday season, Christmas: A Candid History provides an enlightening, entertaining perspective on how the annual Yuletide celebration got to be what it is today.

Christmas: A Candid History #ad - The book also offers some provocative ideas for reclaiming the joy and meaning of this beloved, yet often frustrating, season amid the pressures of our fast-paced consumer culture. Nicholas is an elf in the famous poem "the night before christmas"? President Franklin Roosevelt changed the dateof Thanksgiving in order to lengthen the Christmas shopping season? Coca-Cola helped fashion Santa Claus's look in an advertising campaign?

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Dynastic, Bombastic, Fantastic: Reggie, Rollie, Catfish, and Charlie Finley's Swingin' A's

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt #ad - Finley’s insatiable need for control—he was his own general manager and dictated everything from the ballpark organist’s playlist to the menu for the media lounge—made him ill-suited for the advent of free agency. A sprawling, dynastic, fantastic is a paean to the sport’s most turbulent, magical team, during one of major league baseball’s most turbulent, brawling history of one of the game’s most unforgettable teams, Bombastic, magical times.

Finley, rollie fingers, and vida blue, and with garish uniforms and revolutionary facial hair, the team assembled such luminary figures as Reggie Jackson, Catfish Hunter, knocked baseball into the modern age. Finley and the Oakland Athletics, along with anyone captivated by baseball history. Library journal, starred review   the oakland a’s of the early 1970s: Never before had an entire organization so collectively traumatized baseball’s establishment with its outlandish behavior and business decisions.

Dynastic, Bombastic, Fantastic: Reggie, Rollie, Catfish, and Charlie Finley's Swingin' A's #ad - . The high drama that played out on the field—five straight division titles and three straight championships—was exceeded only by the drama in the clubhouse and front office. This work will engage fans of Charlie O. Within two years, his dynasty was lost. An exciting and engrossing book with stories that are worth telling.

Under the visionary leadership of owner Charles O.

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In the First Circle: The First Uncensored Edition

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Harper Perennial #ad - Willetts, here for the first time is the complete, definitive English edition of Solzhenitsyn's powerful and magnificent classic. Now with the help of the author's most trusted translator, Harry T. The thrilling cold war masterwork by the nobel prize winner, published in full for the first timeMoscow, Christmas Eve, 1949.

The soviet secret police intercept a call made to the American embassy by a Russian diplomat who promises to deliver secrets about the nascent Soviet Atomic Bomb program. And almost certain death. First written between 1955 and 1958, In the First Circle is Solzhenitsyn's fiction masterpiece. He and his fellow prisoners are charged with using their abilities to sleuth out the caller's identity, and they must choose whether to aid Joseph Stalin's repressive state—or refuse and accept transfer to the Siberian Gulag camps.

In the First Circle: The First Uncensored Edition #ad - In order to pass through soviet censors, many essential scenes—including nine full chapters—were cut or altered before it was published in a hastily translated English edition in 1968. On that same day, a brilliant mathematician is locked away inside a Moscow prison that houses the country's brightest minds.

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Skein of the Crime A Knitting Mystery Book 8

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Berkley #ad - The newest installment in the series, colorado, with knitting patterns and recipes included! Fall has come to Fort Connor, and the cool air has inspired the knitters at the House of Lambspun to start on their hats and mittens. Kelly flynn is happy to teach them the tricks of the trade-until one of them is found dead on the river trail near Kelly's house.

It's also brought an influx of students to the university town-and into the shop for knitting classes. Compelled to investigate, Kelly finds herself following a path that twists more easily than the yarn with which she knits. Knowing the killer could be close, Kelly must work fast to unravel the skein of this crime.

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Powerless Supers of Noble's Green Book 1

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Knopf Books for Young Readers #ad - Superheroes soar in this promising debut—and they’re kids!Twelve-year-old Daniel, the new kid in town, another can turn invisible, soon learns the truth about his nice—but odd—new friends: one can fly, yet another controls electricity. The superkids use their powers to secretly do good in the town, but they’re haunted by the fact that the moment they turn thirteen, their abilities will disappear—along with any memory that they ever had them.

Is a memory-stealing supervillain sapping their powers?the answers lie in a long-ago meteor strike, starring the first superhero, Johnny Noble, and—possibly, a World War II–era comic book Fantastic Futures, a hidden Shroud cave, the green-flamed Witch Fire, unbelievably—“powerless” regular-kid Daniel himself.

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Seasons in Hell: With Billy Martin, Whitey Herzog and "The Worst Baseball Team in History"-the 1973-1975 Texas Rangers

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Diversion Books #ad - Offering wonderful perspectives on dozens of unique and likely never-to-be-seen-again baseball personalities, Seasons in Hell recounts some of the most extreme characters ever to play the game and brings to life the no-holds-barred culture of major league baseball in the mid-seventies. Seasons in hell is a riotous, irreverent behind-the-scenes account in the tradition of The Bronx Zoo and Ball Four, candid, following the Texas Rangers from Whitey Herzog’s reign in 1973 through Billy Martin’s tumultuous tenure.

. You think your team is bad? in this landmark work on one of the most tortured franchises in baseball, one reporter discovers that nine innings can feel like an eternity. In early 1973, gonzo sportswriter mike shropshire agreed to cover the Texas Rangers for the Fort-Worth Star-Telegram, not realizing that the Rangers were arguably the worst team in baseball history.

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Up, Up, and Away: The Kid, the Hawk, Rock, Vladi, Pedro, le Grand Orange, Youppi!, the Crazy Business of Baseball, and the Ill-fated but Unforgettable Montreal Expos

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Random House Canada #ad - But the memories aren't dead--not by a long shot. The expos pinwheel cap is still sported by Montrealers, former fans, and by many more in the US and Canada as a fashion item. Expos loyalists are still spotted at Blue Jays games and wherever the Washington Nationals play often cheering against them. The author of the new york times baseball bestseller The Extra 2% Ballantine/ESPN Books, Keri is one of the new generation of high-profile sports writers equally facile with sabermetrics and traditional baseball reporting.

. He has interviewed everyone for this book everyone: including the ownership that allowed the team to be moved, and fans can expect to hear from just about every player and personality from the Expos' unforgettable 35 years in baseball. Jonah keri writes the chief baseball column for Grantland, and routinely makes appearances in Canadian media such as The Jeff Blair Show, Prime Time Sports and Off the Record.

Up, Up, and Away: The Kid, the Hawk, Rock, Vladi, Pedro, le Grand Orange, Youppi!, the Crazy Business of Baseball, and the Ill-fated but Unforgettable Montreal Expos #ad - There also hasn't been a sportswriter as uniquely qualified to tell the whole story, and to make it appeal to baseball fans across Canada AND south of the border. Up, up, and away is already one of the most anticipated sports books of next year. 2014 is the 20th anniversary of the strike that killed baseball in Montreal, and the 10th anniversary of the team's move to Washington, DC.

The definitive history of the montreal Expos by the definitive Expos fan, the New York Times bestselling sportswriter and Grantland columnist Jonah Keri. Every year there are rumours that Montreal--as North America's largest market without a baseball team--could host Major League Baseball again.

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