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Game Six: Cincinnati, Boston, and the 1975 World Series: The Triumph of America's Pastime

4.2  ·  Rating Details ·  521 Ratings  ·  64 Reviews
Boston, Tuesday, October 21, 1975. The Red Sox and the Cincinnati Reds have endured an excruciating three-day rain delay. Tonight, at last, they will play Game Six of the World Series. Leading three games to two, Cincinnati hopes to win it all; Boston is desperate to stay alive. But for all the anticipation, nobody could have predicted what a classic it would turn out to b ...more
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Published September 22nd 2009 by Hyperion (first published January 1st 2009)
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Jul 25, 2014 Jay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: baseball
Imagine a new television network that is set up to cover baseball games, but instead of focusing on the game itself, like typical broadcasts, it focuses a level above, on the game, but also on the main broadcast, and with immediate access to the history related to the action and the players, the broadcasters, the managers, and the owners. And with full knowledge of the outcome, the stories could be planned and scheduled in order to match the action in the game and heighten the drama. This book i ...more
Mar 15, 2011 Tung rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
With this book, Frost joins Fyodor Dostoevsky, John Updike, and Robert Olen Butler as my favorite authors of all time. In Game Six, Frost recounts the sixth game of the 1975 World Series between the Cincinnati Reds (led by a Hall of Fame line-up of Pete Rose, Joe Morgan, and Johnny Bench) and the Boston Red Sox (and their Hall of Fame roster of Yaz and Carlton Fisk) -- universally considered one of if not the greatest World Series game(s) of all time. Frost jumps between telling the history of b ...more
Tom Gase
Nov 10, 2009 Tom Gase rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great read about possibly the greatest game ever played in the greatest sport I know. It's weird, but after I read "Game Six's" author Mark Frost's "The Greatest Game Ever Played" about a year ago, I wondered if he could describe a baseball game the same way he wrote about the 1913 U.S. Open in that book. The answer--a definite yes.

On the first page, Frost dedicates the book to Vin Scully, the Hall-of-Fame announcer for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Reading this book felt like I was watching Game
Another winner from Mark Frost, particularly if you love baseball. He writes about baseball with the same engaging and vivid prose that we have come to expect from his earlier portraits of golfing icons Francis Ouimet and Bobby Jones. In addition to going into fantastic detail on the famed Game Six of the 1975 series, he also dives into the history of both the Reds and the Red Sox, the history of the World Series, and the history of baseball itself. He also tackles such contemporary issues as fr ...more
Nov 16, 2010 Jay rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A bit Boston-centric for my Cincinnatian self, but an excellent reconstruction of the game and its pivotal place, not just in that series, but in baseball history at the dawn of the free-agent era. I especially appreciated the insight on Sparky Anderson, who recently passed away. It was hard to ignore his role on that team, but just how much he meant to the players I think is underappreciated. Reds fans, especially ones of recent vintage, may think back on the Big Red Machine as a monolithic for ...more
Andy Miller
Nov 24, 2012 Andy Miller rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book focuses on game six of the 1975 World Series, considered by many to be the greatest game in baseball history. The book alternates between a chapter detailing every play in an inning with a section on a player in the game or a past game or history that relates to the game. A non baseball fan might find some of the detail of each pitch to be a bit tedious, but I found it riveting

The thing that surprised me was the suspense of the book even though I knew who won the game(and actually watc
A whole book about one baseball game. And it works. Frost does a great job of walking us through the game while mixing in all the inside stories and background on players and league at that time. Great insight and research getting quotes and such from many involved. If you are a baseball fan this is a def recommended read.
Aug 26, 2012 Jeff rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can't say enough good things about this book. Game Six chronicles, in exquisite detail, one of the greatest baseball games ever played. And that's not just my opinion. "That was the best game I ever played in," said Pete Rose about game six of the 1975 World Series, even though his team lost the game.

I was 17 during the 1975 World Series, watching intently, as it was yet another chance for the Red Sox, my favorite team since I was ten years old, to break their drought of WS championships. I wa
Feb 15, 2012 Andre rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This started off great. I love the way the author decided to craft the story of Game 6 of the 1975 World Series: he told it as if you were listening to a baseball game on the radio. He perfectly wove stories of the players and managers involved in the game around each pitch, each swing, each decision. This was a great baseball book…

Then he got to the ninth inning. As I read about innings nine through eleven, I felt as if Mark Frost had grown impatient and wanted to rush his way to Carlton Fisk’s
Dec 23, 2009 Ty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i read a couple of Mark Frost's fiction novels in the past and really enjoyed them...they were excellent thrillers...but then i did not hear of anything new from him for a long time. it turns out that he transitioned to writing mostly non-fiction, but since he focused on golf, of all things, his works never hit my radar (he wrote "The Legend of Bagger Vance" by the way). with "Game Six", Frost ventured back into my kind of thing...the book is about a legendary game in baseball history, the 6th g ...more
Larry Hostetler
Oct 06, 2013 Larry Hostetler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
My enjoyment of this book was reduced by having read another book about the 1975 World Series very recently. While this book used Game Six as the backdrop, it provided much more information about the key players, the clubs, and the series than the simple title indicates. It really is about Game Six, but also about Cincinnati, Boston, and the entire 1975 series. However, "The Triumph of America's Pastime" is actually a little misleading. Frost goes into considerable detail on the developments tha ...more
Oct 25, 2012 Seth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked this up in the King Soopers cheap read bin for five bucks. It has significance for me, because as a boy growing up in Colorado, there was no "home" MLB team. I selected the Cincinnati Reds as my team, primarily because the World Series described in the book took place in the days leading up to my birth - one of the greatest Series ever played.

Game Six gives a pitch-by-pitch account of the famous game between the Reds and the Boston Red Sox. The author weaves in the background stories of
Justin Cain
Nov 29, 2011 Justin Cain rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A diehard baseball fan could tell you how Game 6 of the 1975 World Series ended with Boston catcher Carlton Fisk dramatically waving his extra-inning home run toward fair territory, and chaos that soon followed. As for the other details, Frost mentions them all in a wonderful story about one of the sport's seminal events. Describing pitch by pitch and inning by inning, Frost breaks down the excitement on the field, but also how each participant came to play in the October thriller. Each player h ...more
Zach Green
Dec 04, 2012 Zach Green rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read the book Game Six. It was about game six of the 1975 world series between the Boston Red Sox and the Cincinnati Reds. It also talked about some history of the teams and about their season. Going into the game CIncinnati had a 3-2 game lead, but when Boston hit a walk off homerun in extra innings, they went to game seven.

I guess a theme you could get from this book is never give up. Boston was twenty seven outs away from elimination, but they were able to pull it off. At one point they we
May 21, 2014 Jesse rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This truly is a 5 star read, and not just because I'm an obsessive baseball fanatic. The author examines one game in amazing detail while intermingling baseball history and lore at appropriate moments in the unfolding drama.

What can be said about this game that hasn't been said already? Anyone familiar with the Red Sox and their storied history can instantly call to mind the footage of Fisk keeping the game winning homer fair through sheer will and perhaps the game's greatest display of body la
Nov 19, 2009 Spiros rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: someone without access to BOYS OF OCTOBER or THE LONG BALL
Perhaps it's the law of diminishing returns: this is the third account of the 1975 Series I've read in the past eighteen months, behind BOYS OF OCTOBER, by Doug Hornig, and THE LONG BALL, by Tom Adelman, and to my mind this is by far the least engaging of the three; it lacks the partisan fire that Hornig brought to his retelling of the Series, and it lacks the breadth of Adelman's panorama of the watershed '75 season.
While there is little insight in this retelling (I didn't know that Leslie Viss
Jan 15, 2012 Nate rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Frost's formula (build suspense by weaving game time narrative with social commentary and participant biographies - climax - finish with a "where are they now") let's him down a bit here, especially when compared to The Match. This story just isn't as dramatic (even the most exciting baseball game can drag when given a pitch by pitch recounting for 9 whole innings). And while there are some nice snippets of insight into Pete Rose's personality and both Sparky Anderson's and Louis Tiant's charact ...more
Sep 07, 2011 Brian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In many ways this was similar to other "baseball of seasons past" books, interweaving the history of the time (1975) with that of the 6th game of the World Series between the Cincinnati Reds and the Boston Red Sox. But in other ways it was different, especially in that almost every single pitch was described, between which the story of the 1975 season, the teams, the players, the media, etc. were portrayed, sometimes in painstaking detail, and sometimes with just the right amount. I definitely e ...more
Sep 03, 2016 Mike rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mark Frost dedicates Game Six to the legendary Dodgers announcer Vin Scully, and reading this most excellent book, the reasons for this apt dedication became increasingly clear to me. Frost weaves a multitude of narratives into the story of the "Greatest World Series Game Ever Played", sharing player, coach, owner, and manager histories with the pitch by pitch goings on in the game itself, interspersed with the histories of the Reds and Red Sox franchises and the World Series itself, while also ...more
Ken Bronsil
Nov 04, 2009 Ken Bronsil rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a very exciting, perceptive, crisply-narrated look back at what many people consider the greatest baseball game ever played, the sixth game of the 1975 World Series between the Cincinnati Reds and the Boston Red Sox.

That World Series was remarkable in many ways. It featured seven future Hall of Famers. Five of the seven games were decided by one run, and five had come-from-behind wins. Statistically, it was very evenly matched. It had high drama, both from the plays and from the players.
Jul 30, 2013 Brian rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013
I don't know how much of this is age but I've noticed in the recent past that I'm less tolerant of books that deal in minutiae. Mark Frost, co-creator of the television show Twin Peaks, has written a book that started off with intriguing details about everything surrounding the titular event, from the weather to the budding romances to the breakfast choices of players. But before long this style began to wear on me as we dwelt more in "flashback" than in the actual events, and I found myself car ...more
Nov 17, 2012 Bob rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sports
This is the best baseball book I've ever read. The author seamlessly weaves together the current game six of the 1975 of the World Series along with past events of the different people in the book showing how they got to this point. Giving us their background story makes us care even more about them as they come up to the plate and get that key hit or make that terrific play in the field. Also you almost want to shed a tear as they make a gaff in the field or come away from the plate without adv ...more
May 13, 2012 Eric rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Outstanding narrative! Mark Frost delivers the color commentary of a seasoned play by play professional mixed with the back stories of the main players. This game and this series was played out during a very turbulent time in our nation's history, as explained in the book. I was as attached to the history and developing story of Luis Tiant Jr. as the game itself. As a baseball fan, and the Red Sox, the way the game was covered made me wish I had been there or at least witnessed it first hand eve ...more
Aug 21, 2011 Erik rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Filling out a book that focuses solely on one game is difficult. Frost does an excellent job of giving us the back story on all the major players in Game Six. In doing so, however, he loses the drama of the game itself. Too often Frost goes on for pages and pages describing a players career or events from earlier in the season that brought the teams to this point, then, seemingly as an afterthought, throws in a bit of game action. The epilogue also seems like a reach. Frost focuses too much on t ...more
Lynn Green
Feb 26, 2012 Lynn Green added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: baseball fans, history buffs, sports fans
As a baseball fan, I found this a thoroughly enjoyable book. I did watch this historic World Series game. Mark Frost give a pitch-by-pitch account of the game along with historical and biographical information on the time during which it was played, the cities involved, the players, managers, and even the media personalities covering it.

I relearned facts about the fame that I had forgotten. For example, the city of Boston was going through major upheaval due to the imposition of forced busing o
Aug 06, 2014 Doug rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hard to believe that the men who took to the field, in what I consider the greatest baseball game ever played, are now in their early to mid-70's. This is not only a story of baseball's greatest World Series, but it's also about America in the midst of the Me Decade. The '75 World Series would prove to be the last "pure" series before free-agency and big money came into the game. It is like walking into a different world reading Game 6, but it is also a joy to go back to a supposedly simpler tim ...more
May 15, 2016 Brent rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book. Mixed among the inning by inning (and pitch by pitch) coverage of this game Frost goes into the backgrounds of all involved. A nice trip down memory lane for any baseball fan but especially for Reds and Red Sox fans.

As much as I enjoyed the book I have to admit I cringed as a Reds fan when he referred to Riverfront Stadium as Riverfront Park. I also learned that Frost REALLY does not like Darrell Johnson, Richard Nixon, Joe Garagiola and Pete Rose...not necessarily in that order.
Jun 12, 2012 Robert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: old-time baseball fans
The Red Sox win the World Series, 3 games to 4.

Mark Frost takes a comprehensive look at the pivotal Game Six of the 1975 World Series, which was voted the number 1 game of the past 50 years by MLB Network. Frost captures all of the action and drama of the players, coaches, teams, and broadcasters involved with this game with great behind the scenes reporting. Frost concludes with a "where are they know" for the principals as well as a state of the game of baseball through the remainder of the 19
Nov 29, 2009 Lauren rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Especially good reading for one that watched the 1975 World Series between Boston and Cincinnati and who has vivid memories of Carlton Fisk's extra inning game-winning home run. So many Hall of Famers in the game - Fisk, Jim Rice, Johnny Bench, Tony Perez. And the inimitable former Indian Luis Tiant, El Tiante. The game takes place as baseball is on the precipice of free agency which changes the game forever and leads to the relatively quick demise of the '75 Red Sox and Reds. Great story-tellin ...more
Douglas Graney
Nov 30, 2010 Douglas Graney rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a great example of the craft of writing.

In addition to a riveting pitch-by-pitch description of perhaps the greatest baseball game ever played, Mark Frost takes us into the politics of the broadcast booth, the racial tensions of Boston, Luis Tiant's reunification with his father, useful not paper-wasting bio's of many of the players on the Red Sox and Reds, the quirkyness of Fenway Park and many other tangential but interesting issues that surrounded that game.

This is a must read
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