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Sixty Feet, Six Inches

3.79  ·  Rating Details ·  285 Ratings  ·  52 Reviews
Reggie Jackson and Bob Gibson offer a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to understand America's pastime from their unique insider perspective.

Legendary. Insightful. Uncompromising. Candid. Uncensored.

Mr. October and Hoot Gibson unfortunately never faced each other on the field. But now, in Sixty Feet, Six Inches, these two legends open up in fascinating detail about the game
Paperback, 273 pages
Published April 2011 by Anchor (first published 2009)
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Dec 14, 2011 Jim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the beginning, I really enjoyed this. In the middle, it was okay. By the end, I couldn't wait to finish and move on. I don't blame the book though. It is what it is . . . two great baseball players talking about baseball. And that's exactly what it is intended to be. There isn't a narrative flow but a conversational one - a dialogue between a Hall of Fame pitcher and a Hall of Fame hitter.

It seemed a lot like you'd been invited to lunch with your retired uncle invited you to lunch one day wit
Mark Nenadov
Nov 19, 2016 Mark Nenadov rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1960s, 1970s, baseball, 1980s
I loved it! It is by far the best baseball book I've read. Two baseball legends from a bygone era, Reggie "Mr. October" Jackson (1967-1987) and Bob "Hoot" Gibson (1959-1975), deliver an engaging and entertaining conversation about the past and present of baseball. It's a casual conversation, and yet very frank at times. You truly feel like a "fly on the wall" as these two great athletes talk shop. It is not strained at all, it feels completely authentic. Even though I wouldn't underestimate Jack ...more
Vincent Kathreen
I really enjoyed how this book played off between a hall of fame pitcher and a hall of fame batter, giving the perspective from both their vantage points.
Jun 09, 2013 Steelman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hall of Famers Bob Gibson and Reggie Jackson give their views on the history of baseball over the last 50 years, how the game was played, how it ought to be played, and how it has changed over the years.

Both of these players excelled in their own ways. Gibson's aggression channeled itself into getting hitters out, especially in clutch situations and games. Remember that he once won seven straight World Series games over three Series and almost singlehandedly won the 1967 Series for the Cardinal
I just started reading this book yesterday. I already know i will like it, it is a non fiction book by Bob Gibson and Reggie Jackson. Its a baseball book its pretty interesting. Bob Gibson is a Hall of fame pitcher and Reggie Jackson is a hall of fame hitter and they both have turns about talking about how the game of baseball is played, Jackson has so far talked about how he try's to mess with the pitchers rhythm and mess it up by taking timeouts. And Bob talks about how he doesn't let t
As an unabashed baseball fan, this book was a delight to read. While I didn't have the opportunity to see Bob Gibson pitch (either in person or on TV - I was a wee bit too young), I was fortunate enough to see Reggie Jackson play in person, as well as on TV. I remember so well sitting in the living room when I was 12, watching Reggie Jackson hit those 3 straight homers in Yankee Stadium (each time off the first pitch) in the 1977 World Series. I groaned with despair because I was rooting for the ...more
Jan 10, 2010 Alan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sports, non-fiction
This is pretty good insight into the heads of two of the greatest who ever played the game. After reading this book I should say "played the game as it was played back then" "although back then" really isn't that long ago.
Obviously edited heavily, the dialogue between Bob Gibson and Reggie Jackson transcends any baseball interview that I've read heretofore. The two Hall of Famers play off each other on a wide variety of baseball subjects. While Jackson's insights into hitting and Gibson's pitc
Jan 19, 2011 Jeremiah is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
1/12- I just started reading this book and so far its a good start. Reggie Jackson and Bob Gibson are the writers and they were the best players of their era. Its interesting to read the stories about what the players back then and know what was happening.

1/19- I am almost half way done with this book and so far its been going really good. I finally found a book i enjoy its just to bad it happened at the end of the semester. Reggie Jackson knows so much about the game it just surprises me. If i
May 08, 2010 Ty rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
oddly, this one took me a while to get through, even though it is a quick reading. guess that shows the problem. the concept of the book is great, capturing the words (almost verbatim) of two baseball legends as they discuss many different aspects of the game. both pitcher Bob Gibson and hitter Reggie xxxx are Hall of Famers and eminently quotable. so what's the problem? well, even though there are many nuggets of interesting baseball history, trivia and such, the guys don't seem to cover a wide ...more
We're lucky to be able to have a book like this in print--two of the greatest players of the last half-century discussing what they do best. The biggest issue I had with the book is that it didn't seem like Lonnie Wheeler did a very good job trimming the fat. There is a lot of repetition in the book, which leads me to feel that the editor just sat down with the two players and asked questions, then transcribed his recording verbatim. While normally this would be fine, it led to both men giving t ...more
Jul 30, 2014 Brad rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, sports
In the audio version, at least, the actors reading the parts of Gibson and Jackson come off as two different versions of grandpas. Gibson is the hardass, talking about pitching with a broken leg, not worrying much about hitting other guys with 90+ mile-per-hour fastballs, and generally being dominating and intimidating. Jackson, on the other hand, enjoys telling a story, whether it be about hitting a lot of home runs or coping with striking out all the time.
The book is also a good representation
Feb 11, 2016 Randal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Baseball fans
Shelves: baseball
The first half of the book I enjoyed as much as any baseball book I've ever read. I'm not sure if I got tired of the similar refrains -- there are only so many times you can read that Bob Gibson was a big admirer of Mays, McCovey and especially Aaron -- or if it was the subject matter moving on to topics that had less to do with balls and strikes, but the second half of the book faded for me. Reggie explaining how it was the media's fault he was considered too arrogant and had a hard time settli ...more
Jeff Loxterkamp
Dec 08, 2012 Jeff Loxterkamp rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read this on lunch breaks at work and was hard to put it down! Wonderful antidotes on how Bob and Reggie played in the Major Leagues. Reminded me of Dick Allen's autobiography 'Crash', when he answered his own question of if he ever got high before a game. He wrote, I'm paraphrasing, "Are you kidding? Try facing a Bob Gibson fastball aimed at your head if you're high."
A great story Gibson tells is one time in the 1960s and their playing the Dodgers. Gibsonh got a single and is on 1st base with
Jan 01, 2010 Jeremy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love Bob Gibson, never really understood Reggie Jackson or his era.
This book puts the two together and there are a lot of surprises - whoda thunk Gibson would be the more progressive baseball thinker and Reggie the more conservative.
Joe Torre reviews the book by saying it's like something you'd hear at a Hall of Fame induction at Cooperstown. I can't vouch for that, but the feel is very conversational.
While the stories are great (especially about some big personalities like Mays, McCovery, Musia
Davey Silva
Dec 01, 2010 Davey Silva rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
11/11-- I am reading this book, and its about Bob Gibson and Reggie Jackson, and they explain how their fight and love for the game. it is really interesting to see how life is as the pitcher and the hitter.

11/17--I am getting into the book pretty good now, the story between the baseball hitter and the baseball pitcher. they are two completely different worlds but living the same experiences. so far it talks about how you get in control of the game and how you can over come your fears and mistak
Sep 20, 2012 Maren rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
No ghost writer??? I had to read it for myself. Well, there's no ghost writer because this book is a transcript of what we're to believe was a sit-down session between two all-time greats discussing the nuances that make baseball America's pastime. Do I believe this is a verbatim transcript? No. It's too well-spoken and verbose for me to believe this is the actual spoken word of Bob Gibson and Reggie Jackson. However, the content of this book is good enough to overlook its fishy nature. Substanc ...more
Apr 15, 2010 Tommy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
(his counts as 2 books)
this book was amazing, Reggi Jackson andn Bob Gibson talk about there major league exsperence. and it writen like a conversaytion, like its not like writting format its like your interving them. what bob costos says about this book, he says its like a bag of popcorn once you pick it up you cant put it down.

60 feet 6 inches talks about the battles between the pitcher and the hitter. it talks about how a hitter is supose to adjust to the pitcher and the pitcher is supose to
Oh Reggie Jackson, still fitting in his stabs at Billy Martin whenever and wherever possible. Thoroughly readable, and while a lot of it is technical baseball stuff, it also reads as a sort of memoir conversation type thing. Its also an awesome look into the psychology of the game, which I can't remember reading anywhere else from both sides. It shows how much strategy is in baseball, and how fast-moving an intellectual game it can be. Also, Bob Gibson is hilarious. That thing he said about how ...more
Jan 21, 2012 Ryan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: baseball
I really thought I would love this book, but, at the end, I really felt it was just okay. There were some great stories and anecdotes, and it was great getting to hear from Gibson, but the overall "I was sooooo great" tone wore on me after awhile. Trust me, I know both of these guys (particularly Gibson) were amongst the greatest players of all time, but the almost complete lack of humility was just hard to swallow somtimes. Also, I didn't think the organization of the book was very good - it wa ...more
Jack A
Nov 02, 2012 Jack A rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012-1st-q-shelf
I really enjoyed this book because it inspired me to get better at my game. This book is the story of two famous athletes and ballplayers retelling their passed experiences with the great game of baseball. I am a huge Cardinal fan and so when I heard that a book came out with Bob Gibson and Reggie Jackson together I was ecstatic. They once held two of the biggest personalities in baseball and it would have been really fun to watch them play when they were young. I gave this book five stars becau ...more
Jul 31, 2013 Beth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book, but you have to be a real baseball fan to read it. It was written by Bob Gibson and Reggie Jackson. A pitcher and a hitter. They talk about many different aspects of the game from their unique perspective. Its kind of in a conversation style - they write in response to what the other says. Its great.
They also both talk about what it was like to be an African American ball player in the MLB. Gibson was in the League from 1959-1975. Jackson from 1967-1987. It wasn't ea
Daniel DeLappe
Nov 01, 2009 Daniel DeLappe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a must read for all baseball fans that stopped watching the game due to all the BS that has been going on since 1996. The flow of the writing is great. I now remember why Bob Gibson was and is my hero. The two best stories in this book are what Gibson would do to the protective gear of a batter and how he threw a spitball-classic. I actually started watching the game again. I guess you just have to remeber for every scrote playing in the last ten years (clemens, ahole-rod, bonds and mcgu ...more
Apr 17, 2010 Kendra rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The best part of this book was also the worst...the endless droning on about the mechanics of pitching and hitting a baseball. It was repetitive, and although it did sound as though Reggie Jackson and Bob Gibson were speaking in their own voices, the way the book was presented and edited turned it into a snooze. But I was grateful there was much more emphasis placed on how the game is played, the strengths and weaknesses of famous players, and the personal anecdotes of Jackson and Gibson rather ...more
Jun 20, 2016 Bill rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Initial thoughts: Eh...not sure I'll stick around to the end of this. Some tidbits in there and it's sure to please the hardcore baseball fan, but it has aged and what Bob Gibson and to a lesser extent Reggie Jackson have to say about the game isn't striking me as all that applicable.

But again, two of the greatest, so we'll see how it goes...


I did decide to stick it out. Little interesting tidbits here and there, though nothing particularly fascinating. If you're a baseball fan, you'll find s
Dan Ryan
May 26, 2012 Dan Ryan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rollicking good conversation between Reggie Jackson and Bob Gibson on the art of baseball. This book is tremendous fun - a couple all-stars swapping stories and perspectives. Don't expect to get a whole lot of strategic insights or deep analysis. Gibson's essential bad attitude shines through, and both of them make clear that, in their opinion, baseball players today aren't quite as great as the ones from years past.
A good bit of fun. Both Jackson and Gibson are garrulous and opinionated, and their personalities play off one another's with energy and humor. It's rather haphazardly organized by random topics, and no context is given to the events that pop up in the course of the dialogue, but it's a pleasant, quick read. Whether you like batting or pitching, the quirkiness of baseball in general, or the historical background of the game, this book throws in a bit of everything.
Dave Jones
Very interesting conversation between one of the greatest hitters in baseball (Reggie Jackson) and the greatest pitcher in baseball (Bob Gibson) on all aspects of the game. As a St. Louis boy, growing up in the sixties, I loved Bob Gibson and this book does nothing to change that opinion. If you love baseball, I would recommend this book.
Aug 12, 2016 Andy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My real rating is 4 1/2 stars, but one of those stars is because I chose to start reading the book during Spring Training. I don't think I would have enjoyed it as much in July or November. And I think I'd have added a star if they'd replaced Reggie Jackson with a guy like Tony Gwynn or Joe Morgan.
Lee Ann
I felt like I was listening and having a conversation with one of my first baseball heros Bob Gibson and got a chance to chat with Reggie Jackson and see a different side of his personality that I understood. I felt as if I were reliving and enjoying their history collectively as well as personally. I loved this.
Sep 20, 2014 Don rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a real discovery for me. Gibson and Jackson discuss hitting, pitching, baseball and other subjects. Absolutely fascinating, if occasionally a bit too detailed or technical. Both guys are incredibly thoughtful observers of the game and of their own careers, and very articulate.
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