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Juan Marichal: My Journey from the Dominican Republic to Cooperstown

3.5 of 5 stars 3.50  ·  rating details  ·  12 ratings  ·  4 reviews
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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Ronni Redmond
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
Mike Mccann
Marichal's kindness and humulity shine through in this very human tale. From very humble beginnings he rose to be a world class athlete. He negotiated the two worlds of his beloved homeland, DR, and the America of 1960's with it's glamour and harsh racism. The honest portrayal of the Roseboro fight puts to rest some biased misinterpretations. This is not a self-serving account.

Overall, the blemish of this book is Marichal's folksy storytelling which, while charming, is mildly repetitive and dis
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
Paul Kapellas
I'm a big Giants fan and enjoyed getting to know a little more about Marichal. But, that was the problem, so little was revealed. The formatting of the book is redundant, and the style is drab. In the last two chapters the author got into an interesting flow where he introduces and anecdote and Marichal then elaborates, but it was too little too late. The rest of the book is redundant. The book repeats a lot of the same ideas (see what I did there?). The book jumps around a little at times as we ...more
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