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Juan Marichal: My Journey from the Dominican Republic to Cooperstown
In a decade that featured such legendary hurlers as Sandy Koufax, Bob Gibson, Don Drysdale, and other Hall of Famers, no pitcher won more games than Juan Marichal in the 1960s. His unique, high-kick pitching style was imitated by kids from New York to San Francisco to Santo Domingo, and it is immortalized in a bronze statue outside of the Giants’ current ballpark. Marichal...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published October 7th 2011 by MVP Books
(first published January 1st 2011)
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This is a great book. It was an easy read, which is what I was in the mood for at the time. The book offers a different perspective; each chapter begins with a professional analysis of Juan's life during that time period and ends with Juan telling his story in his own words to end the chapter. He writes as he talks. His english is that of someone who was born and raised in the Dominican Republic but has spent many years in the United States with his fellow Latinos and also with a wide variety of...more
Dec 28, 2012 Spiros rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: those looking for someone they can pull for
Well, it's a great story. We follow Juan Marichal from Laguna Verde, in the Dominican, to his minor league sojourns in Florida and Spokane, to San Francisco, to Cooperstown. Couldn't have happened to a nicer guy. A small bump on the road comes on Augustt 22 1965, when he slammed a bat upside John Roseboro's head, and the last years of his career were injury plagued and featured short stints with the Red Sox and the Dodgers, but aside from these, it's a triumphal story. Each chapter is introduced...more