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Change Up: An Oral History of 8 Key Events That Shaped Baseball

3.36 of 5 stars 3.36  ·  rating details  ·  22 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Change Up is every fan’s box-seat ticket to a remarkable baseball event: a round-table conversation among the participants themselves about pivotal developments that changed the game, from the 1960s to today. Here, through the eyes and words of star players like Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter, and Ichiro Suzuki, baseball legends like Cal Ripken, Earl Weaver, and Jim Bouton, a ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published March 4th 2008 by Rodale Books
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This is a must read for any baseball fan. It is told by the players, coaches, and others who are involved in baseball. Here you can learn about the Mets who were one of the first expansion teams in NYC, learn about the first African-American player/manager Frank Robinson, get first hand insight about the players union-that changed the way they were treated by the owners of the teams-and listen to Cal Ripken Jr. talk about The Streak. In these pages you can learn about the wave of Latino players ...more
Ron Kaplan
Anytime publishers decide to use words like greatest or best in the title, they re angling for a fight. The same can be said for the authors of CHANGE UP: An Oral History of 8 Key Events That Shaped Modern Baseball. Larry Burke and Peter Thomas Fornatale interviewed scores of players, managers, writers and other personnel on items that are sure to have some readers scratching their heads. The key word here is modern, which the authors decided started in 1962, when the Mets heralded the return of ...more
Aaron Sobel
1) Change Up was about the history of baseball in the past 50 years. It described 8 events that made baseball the kind of game it is today. Some big events in the book were how different race people came to America to play the game and rule changes. It interviewed a lot of people involved with baseball at the time that stuff happened.

2) I gave this book 4 stars because the whole book was interviews. It didn't have much of the story just a lot of peoples opinions on it.

3) "From 1958 to 2008, the
Jul 30, 2008 Spiros rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Baseball fans with short attention spans, if that's not oxymoronic
Shelves: beisbol, borrowed
"Oral history"? More like soundbites. THE GLORY OF THEIR TIMES was oral history; what we have here is more like cursory, roundtable discussions of some of the major events that helped shape modern Major League Baseball. I can't help but feel that this would have been a much better effort had it been pared down to five "key events" (say, expansion, "BALL FOUR", the players' union, the DH, and African-American management), and explored with greater depth.
Also, I can't for the life me figure out h
Chris Dean
A series of interviews discussing the authors beliefs are the eight most significant changes in the game in the postwar era. I enjoyed reading most of the book, particularly the sections on the growth of the players union, Ball Four and Frank Robinson's managerial appointment in 1975. I'm not a fan of the multiple voices approach with many different interviews segments, but it was functional. At times I was wishing a little more depth was explored, for example, Robinsons view on Rico Carty, the ...more
Scott  Breslove
Oh man, I forgot to update after reading this book. I hate updating a while after I read a book, especially if I read another book in between. But, here goes anyway. From what I remember, Change Up is a nice little baseball book with 8 seperate stories that you don't have to read from start to finish in order to understand what is going on. Each seperate story is well executed with tons of first hand quotes from people who had direct impact on said event. I think that is what differentiates it f ...more
Jim Trela
Good baseball history book
What a great idea, to examine eight events that shaped baseball since 1960 through interviews with people involved in the events or affected by them, baseball players, managers, owners.
Well done and well worth reading.
This was great -- interesting enough to keep serious baseball history fans engaged, but covering slightly off-beat baseball history in a way that I'd recommend it to casual or new baseball fans as well. Thumbs up.
A decent baseball book about some key moments. It drags a bit in some places. Chapter about cal Ripken jr is highlight of the book.
a good baseball book
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