The Team That Changed Baseball: Roberto Clemente and the

The Team That Changed Baseball: Roberto Clemente and the

  • Hardcover
  • 256 pages
  • The Team That Changed Baseball: Roberto Clemente and the 1971 Pittsburgh Pirates
  • Bruce Markusen
  • English
  • 04 October 2016
  • 9781594160301

10 thoughts on “The Team That Changed Baseball: Roberto Clemente and the 1971 Pittsburgh Pirates

  1. Doug Doug says:

    The 1971 World Champion Pittsburgh Pirates was the first team in baseball history to field a starting nine that included only AfricanAmerican and Hispanic players You would think this would make for a thought provoking study of race relations and sports in the early 70's Much to my disappointment this only briefly touches on that wider subject and instead is just another routine diary of a season book I was hoping for because the '71 Series between the Pirates and the Orioles was the first World Series I ever watched on TV

  2. Tyler Jones Tyler Jones says:

    The '71 Pirates were an exciting team at a time when baseball was losing it's hold on the American sports fan While Markusen focuses on the racial progress the team represented he doesn't uite capture the special chemistry of the team Perhaps this is due to his relying mainly on newspaper and magazine articles for his sources; sources that had already pasteurized uotes and stories to make them suitable for mass consumption Markusen is obviously a Pirates fan and while there is nothing wrong with that one gets the sense that he wants to put a positive spin on everything For instance he makes no mention of Dock Ellis throwing a no hitter in the 1970 season a colourful story given that Dock later said he was tripping on LSD at the time What other unwholesome stories have been left out? He goes into detail about the Pirates building an organization that recruited and played men regardless of colour but he doesn't mention that Branch Rickey might have had something to do with building this attitude when he served as General Manager of the team from 1955 through 1960 What we do get is a lot of retelling of games which is not nearly so interesting as what the Pirates meant to America at large and while there is some of this there is not nearly enough

  3. Jeff Bracken Jeff Bracken says:

    Although I grew up near Detroit I was a Pittsburgh Pirates fan growing up because my grandfather was As a baseball book that chronicles a championship season this is a pretty good book It is better than that because the Pirates' management had broken unwritten rules of Major League Baseball and the World Series Championship was its prize From Jackie Robinson on Blacks were slowly allowed to be Major League players It took Latino players even longer But Major League Baseball owners adopted a de facto uota as to the number of non white players a team could have on its roster It lasted until the Pirates broke it This is the story of the Pirates' 1971 championship which resulted from that action And on September 1 1971 for the the first time none of the players in a starting Major League Baseball team lineup were white This is a uiet book which tells a big story It is an easy read but an important and interesting one

  4. Chris Witt Chris Witt says:

    Suffers a bit from reading like you're going through the PBP log of each game on Baseball Reference but should serve as a good recap of the season for fans of the 71 Bucs I really was hoping for stories and behind the scenes stuff and it's mainly just a paragraph recap of each game of the season plus a few pages per postseason game and not much else If you're okay with all that you'll like this

  5. Mark Ruzomberka Mark Ruzomberka says:

    Not much you can do recounting every game of the season so it dragged at parts but the locker room stories and team dynamics were interesting than I anticipated More off the field content with lots of on the field content about this team Great for the few Pirates fans still hanging on to hope we'll ever get back to the World Series

  6. Kevin Kevin says:

    Go Bucs

  7. Theo Logos Theo Logos says:

    I must admit up front that I am a huge fan of the 1971 Pittsburgh Pirates They were the team that first captured my attention as a young boy and helped to make me a life long baseball and Pittsburgh Pirate fan Steve Blass Roberto Clemente Manny Sanguillen and Willie Stargell became my baseball heroes and forever shaped my idea of what ideal baseball players should be The outstanding World Series of 1971 was the first I ever watched and it is still the standard by which I judge all others With that in mind I brought high expectations to Bruce Markusen's new book about the team and I am happy to say that he did not disappoint meMarkusen recreates the arc of the Pirates' '71 season from the deal making in the winter of 1970 to spring training and on through the regular season with a chapter devoted to each month Along the way he introduces the reader to many of the fascinating and uirky characters who made up the '71 Pirates suad One of the most rewarding parts of his book is his blow by blow recreation of the extraordinary and historic 1971 World Series He breaks it down with a chapter for the first two games in Balti one for the next three in Pittsburgh and a chapter apiece for games six and seven in Balti Baseball fans and particularly Pirates fans will be enthralled by his vivid description of one of the all time great Baseball Fall Classics In addition to recreating the Pirates' season Markusen also includes an interesting post script Where are they now? chapter that brings each player from the '71 team up to dateWhile he recreates the exciting '71 season Markusen returns repeatedly to the theme of his title that the 1971 Pirates team changed the face of baseball with its color blind approach to picking talent No previous team had such a diverse racial mix between White Black and Latino players Pirates' management totally disregarded the unwritten practice that had been common through the `50s and `60s of having a uota for ethnic players on a team in favor of picking the best talent available regardless of race The Pirates' clubhouse was a loose place full of boiserous and friendly play rather than racial tension and the Pirates' manager Danny Murtaugh saw only Pirate black and gold not black and white in his players and was liked and respected by all In a game played on September 1st 1971 Murtaugh sent out a line up made up completely of Black and Latino players in all nine positions a first in Major League history When asked after the game if he realized what he had done Murtaugh replied Did I have nine blacks out there? I thought I had nine Pirates out there Markusen argues convincingly that the success the Pirates had with their color blind strategy influence the rest of baseball to emulate it and fundamentally changed the gameOne thing that should be noted; the subtitle `Roberto Clemente and the 1971 Pittsburgh Pirates' is a bit misleading While there is plenty of mention of Clemente in the book it is really a team story and it doesn't dwell on him any than many of the other players This doesn't detract in any way from the book's uality It is both fast moving and fun As a history of one of the great modern teams that significantly impacted the game most baseball fans should enjoy it If you are a Pittsburgh Pirates fan the only excuse not to read it is if you are functionally illiterate

  8. Clark Hallman Clark Hallman says:

    The Team that Changed Baseball Roberto Clemente and the 1971 Pirates by Bruce Markusen – The World Series championship 1971 Pirates team was remarkable in many ways This book takes the reader through the entire 1971 season with the Pirates and during the process the reader learns much about MLB baseball and about many of the Pirates’ players coaches and their manager Danny Murtaugh Detailed accounts of significant games and playermanager actions are presented month by month as the enthusiasm and stress builds toward the playoffs The reader learns about player manager relationships players’ personalities skills hardships successes and failures Each game during the playoff pennant race in covered in detail as is each game of the World Series Of course Roberto Clemente’s superior talents were showcased during the pennant race and World Series However the monumental achievements of winning the National League Pennant and then the World Series were not the achievements that “Changed Baseball” The Pirates changed baseball through their integration of players of color on the team and Danny Murtaugh and the Pirates administration all played a roll in that integration The Pirates in the early 1970s were the most integrated team in baseball and the benefits of that integration were very obvious from their successes on the field During one game of the 1971 season the Pirates fielded an entire lineup of players of color which was a first for Major League Baseball It was a monumental decision which Danny Murtaugh did not hesitate to make To add to the reader’s enjoyment Markusen includes a long afterward that provides information about the post 1971 season careers and lives of every player and the coaches and manager of the 1971 Pirates team It’s a very interesting and enjoyable book and I recommend it highly for baseball fans especially Pirate fans

  9. Steven Voorhees Steven Voorhees says:

    In 1971 America was still recovering from the tumultuous hangover leveled by the '60s De escalation from Vietnam continued ALL IN THE FAMILY premiered on CBS and THE FRENCH CONNECTION a new kind of police drama riveted the cinema And the Pittsburgh Pirates largely out of contention since their 1960 World Series win reached baseball's heights with a colorblind and courageous suad Their success launched the most glorious era in Pittsburgh sports history the Steelers won four Super Bowls and the Pirates prevailed in the '79 Series Bruce Markusen take the reader into the '71 season month by month and through both the LCS and the Series From spring training in Bradenton FL to the clubhouse we see first hand the ups and downs that inform every major league season The Pirate team that put their collective shoulder to the wheel was a racially diverse group that included Roberto Clemente Manny Sanguillen Willie Stargell and Steve Blass to name but four In fact the Pirates made history by inserting the first all black lineup into the September 1 1971 contest Throughout the '60s baseball gradually became less of an all white sport But it was the following decade that witnessed many a breakout season by black players The Pirates started this trend and continued the path of euality the Dodgers broke with Jackie Robinson in 1947 The Pirates used an explosive offense strong pitching and manager Danny Murtaugh's tactics to outlast both the Cardinals and the Giants to reach the series There they faced a dynasty in the making in the Orioles the defending world champions In a finger chewing good series that went the full seven games the Pirates used championship resiliency to stun Balti The never say die Buccos helped clear America's collective body of the '60s as it focused fully on the '70s one of the most interesting to say the least decades of America's history

  10. Glen Russell Slater Glen Russell Slater says:

    I was very disappointed by this book The 1971 Pittsburgh Pirates were among my favorite teams of all time Largely because my mother's parents lived in the Pittsburgh area Ambridge Pennsylvania and my mother grew up there and my maternal grandparents were Pirates fans I became one as well The Pittsburgh Pirates fielded the first all black starting lineup on my eleventh birthday I loved the Pirates of the early '70s; they were second in my heart only to my beloved MetsThis book could have been so much I think that the problem with this book is that unlike the 1971 Pirates this book doesn't have much heart It doesn't capture the spirit and joy that was the 1971 Pittsburgh Pirates It's informative to be sure but it's not a particularly enjoyable read It's lackluster coldly listing facts and not leaving in the happiness of that Pirates team It's a shame because this could have been such an enriching subject for those who aren't familiar with this team I'll be honest; if I didn't already have an interest in the topic I wouldn't have made it very far into this book Very disappointing

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