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Sixty Feet, Six Inches: A Hall of Fame Pitcher & a Hall of Fame Hitter Talk about How the Game is Played

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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...more
ebook, 288 pages
Published September 22nd 2009 by Anchor (first published 2009)
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Jim
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...more
Brad
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...more
Jeff
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
Jeremiah
Jan 19, 2011 Jeremiah is currently reading it
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...more
Austin
1/4/12
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...more
KOMET
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
Alan
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...more
Jeff Loxterkamp
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...more
Steelman
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...more
Ty
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
Davey Silva
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...more
Jeremy
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...more
Tommy
(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...more
Maren
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
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.
Beth
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...more
Matt
Plenty of insights into the pitcher/hitter dual to be found here. These guys are characters. One who builds sand castles out of words to answer every question and one who pushes them over. An enjoyable read.
Daniel DeLappe
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
Ryan
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
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
Kendra
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
Nathan
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.
Andy
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.
Dan Ryan
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.
Mark Widman
Good stories from pitching and hitting perspective.
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.
Jared Berger
This is a great easy read for baseball lovers wanting to find out more about the mental side of America's national pastime. This book is written as a transcription of a 200+ page conversation between two legends that is easy to understand and hard to put down.
John
So ya wanna know what the pitcher's thinkin? Or how nervous the batter is This is a good start. Two powerhouses of personality/one sport. Just like they were sitting in your living room. Very fun read.
Ben Stevenson
Great perspective from two hall of fame players.
Dave Sidney
This book has a narrow appeal; thereofre my rating of 3. If you like/follow baseball this is interesting; 4 stars. If you don't care about bb; 0.

First part is technical and second is gossip.
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