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Last Real Season

3.48  ·  Rating Details  ·  58 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
There are baseball books and there are baseball books.
But for the baseball cognoscenti, there are just a few "must-have" classics: BALL FOUR by Jim Bouton. THE LONG SEASON by Jim Brosnan. WILLIE'S TIME by Charles Einstein. And SEASONS IN HELL by Mike Shropshire, which was a hilarous first-person account of Mike's travails serving as a daily beat writer covering the haples
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Published May 14th 2008 by Grand Central Publishing (first published 2008)
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Jan 13, 2009 Kay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sports
This is a very funny book about baseball in the year 1975. I found myself laughing out loud many times much to the distress of my husband while he was trying to watch tv/read/sleep. I ended up keeping my mouth closed and instead made choking sounds which probably also bothered him. He will be reading this book next and since he has a habit of telling me everything that is happening in his book, I'll get to hear it all again!
Travis Weir
Dec 29, 2015 Travis Weir rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Excellent book ! A really funny look back at baseball (and life) during the 1975 baseball season. Shropshire really brings the reader into the press box and on the long road trips, and helps the common fan realize what it was like for the sportswriter covering a team all season long. The content with the legendary Billy Martin were pure gold. Big recommend !
May 08, 2014 Sandi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sports, read-2014
A look back at the 1975 baseball season when players were still, for the most part, not paid very well but seemed to have more fun. I can only remember the historic World Series for that year so reading about Billy Martin's managerial antics with the Rangers was fairly interesting.
Jan 04, 2013 Evan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A worthy though spottier (as sequels tend to be) sequel to Shropshire's "Seasons in Hell," one of the funniest baseball books I've ever read. As the subtitle suggests, this one focuses more broadly on the game at large (though still primarily on the Texas Rangers, whom Shropshire covered as a beat writer), and as the title suggests, there's a certain amount of the kind of "when men were men" (mostly) bullshit nostalgia that one has to filter for. He must have had to load in some of that to sell ...more
Mar 16, 2009 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Something of an eulogy for the lost, pre-multi-millionaire game of professional baseball, Shropshire documents the trials, tribulations, and anecdotes of the zany, and somewhat disturbing, 1975 season of the Texas Rangers. This is highly recommended for those still interested in our “National Pastime.” I might also offer this to those who attempt to chew tobacco, chain-smoke, consume massive quantities of booze, skirt-chase, bar-brawl, and speak without filter in the early Twenty-First Century. ...more
Chris Dean
I agree with the assessment that this book is a sequel to "Seasons in Hell." I also agree that the author at times spends too much time with his excesses and conquests. However, what this book left me with was the impression that often times, ball players and the writers that cover them sometimes just don't like their job. That to me made them more than human and underscores the point of the whole book in my perception. Before everything changed indeed.
Marc Pressley
Aug 25, 2015 Marc Pressley rated it really liked it
Shelves: sports
Shropshire provides a funny month-by-month deconstruction of the 1975 Texas Rangers season. It's crisply written and a fun read about baseball, booze, and the seventies.
Feb 25, 2010 Mike rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Author Mike Shropshire pens a very funny look at the 1975 baseball season, in which his gonzo-inspired style of writing and story immersion lend lots of laughs and improbably moments. However, I felt sold short of a book that delved into why this was the "real last season". Shropshire certainly alludes to the rationale during the introduction, but fails to back it up by his blog-like account of the season. I much preferred his "Seasons in Hell" and his most recent effort played like an ill-conce ...more
Sep 12, 2015 Rob rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sports, read-in-2015
Entertaining, quick read.
Mar 09, 2008 Spiros rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nostalgia merchants
A sequel to SEASONS IN HELL, written about ten years after, THE LAST REAL SEASON suffers, as did that book, from Shropshire's smart-alecky tone, as well as Shropshire's belaboring of the point that these players weren't on steroids and didn't make exorbitant sums of money. Still, there is much to relish in this account of the Texas Rangers' Road to Perdition
Glenn Victor
Oct 07, 2013 Glenn Victor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book. I usually do enjoy most sports books that tell tales of players ingredient up watching. I was 8 years old during this season, but still remember the players and world series like it was yesterday.
Marty Nicholas
Jan 06, 2013 Marty Nicholas rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Hilarious? Well, maybe if you have a fetish for Billy Martin. It is NOT a look back at the 1975 season, but rather a insiders look at the Texas Rangers. To me, a very disappointing way to end 2012's reading.
Oct 11, 2010 Paul rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good analysis of baseball as it begins to enter the free agent era. Also, as a Reds fan, some good Big Red Machine history here.
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