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The Resource The fight of their lives : how Juan Marichal and John Roseboro turned baseball's ugliest brawl into a story of forgiveness and redemption, John Rosengren

The fight of their lives : how Juan Marichal and John Roseboro turned baseball's ugliest brawl into a story of forgiveness and redemption, John Rosengren

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The fight of their lives : how Juan Marichal and John Roseboro turned baseball's ugliest brawl into a story of forgiveness and redemption
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The fight of their lives
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how Juan Marichal and John Roseboro turned baseball's ugliest brawl into a story of forgiveness and redemption
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John Rosengren
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fight of their lives
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how Juan Marichal and John Roseboro turned baseballs ugliest brawl into a story of forgiveness and redemption
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eng
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  • Arriving just in time for the opening of Spring Training, this dual-biography of San Francisco Giants pitcher Juan Marichal and Los Angeles Dodgers catcher John Roseboro is told through the prism of a fateful Sunday in August 1965, when one man struck the other in the head with a baseball bat. Marichal's shocking and defiant act, which resulted in 14 stitches above Roseboro's left eye, occurred in the heat of a pennant race between bitter rivals, set against a violent backdrop of civil war in the pitcher's native Dominican Republic and the racially provoked Watts neighborhood riots in South Central Los Angeles. In alternating chapters, Rosengren (Hank Greenberg: The Hero of Heroes) provides insightful context as he chronicles the surprisingly similar lives of both men—their childhoods in humble homes, their remarkable defensive skills on the field, the prejudices they faced as minorities in Major League Baseball's segregated culture of the 1960s, and the shared animosity they ultimately channeled into friendship and forgiveness. Hardcore fans will crave more details about each player's overall career, but those are available elsewhere. Rosengren's retelling, true to its title, pivots on one historic incident that overshadows the other, more significant accomplishments of both men. (Feb.) --Staff (Reviewed February 17, 2014) (Publishers Weekly, vol 261, issue 07, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ The "fight of their lives" refers to one of baseball's nastiest incidents, right alongside Ty Cobb leaping into the stands to pummel a disabled fan who was heckling him. On August 22, 1965, San Francisco Giants pitcher Juan Marichal clubbed Dodgers catcher John Roseboro over the head with his bat. Rosengren (Hank Greenberg ) tells the story of each man's life before and after the event. He also illuminates mitigating circumstances in the form of the heated Giants-Dodgers rivalry, a tight pennant race, the African American Roseboro's concerns about the Watts riots, and the Dominican Marichal's about revolution in his homeland. Largely it is a story of regrets. Marichal's are obvious, since an essentially good man was vilified, but Roseboro also had regrets because he realized that he provoked the attack by whistling the ball he was returning to pitcher Sandy Koufax within a hair's breadth of the ear of Marichal in the batter's box. Finally, this is an uplifting story of the men's eventual reconciliation and friendship. VERDICT Baseball history well told; for all baseball collections.— JB --Jim Burns (Reviewed February 15, 2014) (Library Journal, vol 139, issue 3, p110)
Biography type
collective biography
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10301983
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Rosengren, John
Dewey number
  • 796.3570922
  • B
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
GV865.M335
LC item number
R67 2014
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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True
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  • Marichal, Juan
  • Roseboro, John
  • Baseball players
  • Violence in sports
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how Juan Marichal and John Roseboro turned baseball's ugliest brawl into a story of forgiveness and redemption
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The fight of their lives : how Juan Marichal and John Roseboro turned baseball's ugliest brawl into a story of forgiveness and redemption, John Rosengren
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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rdacarrier
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text
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rdacontent
Control code
1010616
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
x, 277 pages
Isbn
9780762787128
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(hbk.)
Lccn
2013045554
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unmediated
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rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
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(Sirsi) i9780762787128
Label
The fight of their lives : how Juan Marichal and John Roseboro turned baseball's ugliest brawl into a story of forgiveness and redemption, John Rosengren
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1010616
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
x, 277 pages
Isbn
9780762787128
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
2013045554
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(Sirsi) i9780762787128

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