- Title: The Tigers of '68: Baseball's Last Real Champions
- Author: George Cantor
- ISBN: 9780878339280
- Page: 238
- Format: Hardcover
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The Tigers of 68 Baseball s Last Real Champions is the uproarious, stirring tale of this team, a group of hell raisers that brawled on the field and partied hard afterwards This book revisits the main performers of this illustrious team and weaves their stories into a cohesive narrative that captures all the drama and color of Detroit s 1968 season.
Recent Comments "The Tigers of '68: Baseball's Last Real Champions"
A great story, just not the greatest of writing. I get frustrated when people are introduced once, then not mentioned for several pages, then picked up mid paragraph by their first name and you are expected to connect the dots on who that is. This book is almost written like I was there and he is just retelling our shared experience unfortunate take given the events occurred ten years before my birth. Worth the price of admission, but certainly didn't overacheive.
The year was 1968 and it had been 23 seasons since the Detroit Tigers had won a World Series championship. Just the year before, with their city permenantly scarred by riots and racial unrest, the team crumbled in the final days of the pennant race. Now, with a roster comprised of soon-to-be household names like McLain, Lolich, Freehan, Brown, Horton, and Stanley, the Tigers emerged from spring training primed to take what should have been theirs in 1967 - the American League Pennant. In a tumul [...]
My interest in this book is that I grew up a diehard Tiger fan in the 1980s. The 1984 champs are far and away my favorite sports team of all-time but I heard plenty about the 1968 Tigers and was always fascinated by the highlight videos and stories. George Cantor has a great perspective as a native Michiganian who was then a young beat writer for the team he grew up rooting for. The book is well-written and historically researched with a strong narrative and excellent closure, tying into the pre [...]
I was there. I born and raised in Detroit and was there for the '67 riots and the '68 World Series.I watched the 7th game on a TV in an empty classroom at Wayne State University -located just about 2 1/2 miles north of Tiger Stadium. (The game was played in St Louis) When Freehand caught the last out - a little pop-up in foul territory - Detroit erupted but I went to my night class. I found this book filled in a lot of the small, missing pieces from that season. I now have a much clearer view of [...]
George Cantor is a bit of a curmudgeon as you might gather from this book's title. But he is a great storyteller and often funny.
I'm not really the right audience for this book. Historical and relationship details were interesting, but the game details are hard for me to visualize, and that made the book slow work for me.
In the century-plus the Tigers have played in Detroit, the 1968 squad's the greatest Tiger team ever -- even surpassing the "Bless you, Boys" of 1984. It's so because the '68 rendition's one of redemption for events of the previous year -- atonement for the narrow, bitter loss of the American League pennant and for healing riot-scarred Detroit. The '68 Tigers of Mayo Smith, McLain, Cash and Lolich (among others) got the Motor City running again, rising from destruction to deliriousness. They did [...]
Awesome story, takes me back to when I was a kid in Detroit. I remember the times in a lot of detail, and thought it was because the Tigers were in the World Series, but after all these years, still remembering Cantor describes some of the dynamics of the times, including the riots downtown, which I remember vividly, the previous year. Mid-season, Martin Luther King assassinated, and Bobby Kennedy I also remember the team to be more of a family that grew up together. Cantor explains how free age [...]
A worthy read chronicling the '68 Detroit Tigers. The book begins with the doom and gloom of the '67 riots and the Tigers choking the season away and ends with redemption and their triumph over Bob Gibson and the St. Louis Cardinals in the '68 World Series. The win marked the end of an era in Detroit and baseball. It's great to read about that team. The same team my grandfather talked about and even the team my father talked about and he never cared much for sports. It meant that much to many pe [...]
Written in 1997, this is a fairly saccharine account of the 1968 Detroit Tigers World Series champions. This was the year McClain won 31 games and the team beat the favored Cardinals in the Series. But the book was pretty bland, nothing really revealed that wasn't already known. The subtitle; Baseball's Last Real Champions, is stated but not really defended by the author. The book had very little depth. As a baseball fan, I was expecting more detail and found the book disappointing.
Past romanticizedAlthough typo errors dotted the entire book this small distraction didn't sabotage the message. My life long love of sports had it's genesis in 1968. Al Kaline was my favorite ballplayer and the '68 series was my first foray into following baseball with some semblance of intelligence. Thanks for the trip to a better place and a better game.
Loved the content and enjoyed the history, but the interviews with former players barely scrape the surface of what could have been fascinating life stories and the game reviews were oddly detailed in places but mostly sparse throughout. A bit of a letdown, even for a rabid fan.
The tigers roarbrought back some nice memories of growing up in the sixties. Interesting to see what the individual guys did and are doing now. not my number one baseball book. could have used moreat. happy I read it though. hopefully Detroit can rise from the ashes.
A nice look back at the '68 Tigers. Well-reported, well-written, worthwhile even for casual fans. A good look into an interesting team.
Excellent; a look at the 1968 World Champion Tigers, both on the field and off.
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