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Behind the mask: an inside baseball diary

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Hardcover, 225 pages
Published 1970 by World Publishing Co.
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Anup Sinha
May 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Because I like Bill Freehan so much, grew up a Tigers fan, and am so curious of his era (this was a diary of the 1969 season), I loved this book as much as any baseball book I have read. I whizzed through it quickly!

It's funny because Jim Bouton's famous Ball Four was a diary of the same season from the Seattle Pilots perspective. Freehan's is pretty controversial as well, he speaks honestly in particular about the special treatment received by then-pitching phenom Denny McLain. I find his deali
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Chris Dean
May 04, 2016 rated it liked it
I have always wondered if this book would've created more of splash had Ball Four not been released at the same time (1970). Freehan's diary of the Tigers' unsuccessful defense of their 1968 World Championship in 1969 was fairly well done. He is not afraid to discuss his conflict with a coach during Spring Training, the ups and downs of a long, grinding season, and of course the saga of teammate Denny McLain, shortly before the world came crashing down around him. Freehan also weaves in his comm ...more
Len Knighton
Jul 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I read this book many years ago. It is the memoirs of Bill Freehan, catcher for the defending World Champion Detroit Tigers during the 1969 season. My attraction to it was that my Orioles won the pennant that year. The book is not the scathing, gossipy type that was BALL FOUR, written about the same season by Jim Bouton.
Pete Iseppi
Apr 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
I read this book in grade school. Bill Freehan was an All-Star catcher for the Detroit Tigers when I was a kid, and was on the 1968 World Series Champion team. This book is an inside look at that team and the career of Bill Freehan, who was a local kid that made good.
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Nice behind the scenes look at MLB in 1969; no comparison to now.
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