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Sixty Feet, Six Inches by Bob Gibson
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May 08, 10

Read from April 03 to May 07, 2010

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 enough range, so they revisit the same ground over and over again. Reggie in particular is very focussed on the issues he had growing up black in a white man's sport, which is interesting because he was really about a 3rd generation black player. Gibson who was closer to 2nd generation (Jackie Robinson is 1st, of course), seems to deal with the prejudice and segregation much more matter-of-factly...not that it does not bother him, he just did not let it define him and his career. in any case, i am very glad i read the book and i highly recommend it for big fans of the game, just can't help thinking it could have been even better, if the writer had taken a more active hand.
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