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The Team that Changed Baseball by Bruce Markusen

The Team that Changed Baseball by Bruce Markusen

One of the seven deadly sins is envy. And I have it for Bruce Markusen who gets to live in Cooperstown and write about baseball for a living. Okay, I wouldn't want to live in Upstate New York during the winter as I don't enjoy that much snow.
Markusen has previously written a biography of Roberto Clemente that I thought was well done and I rank as the second best Clemente biography behind the recent effort by David Maraniss.
This tome by Markusen looks at the 1971 Pirates and specifically focuses on the diverse racial make up of the club. The Buccos became the first team to start nine minorities in one game during the 1971 season, hence the title of the book. On September 1 skipper Danny Murtaugh filled out the following lineup:
Rennie Stennett - 2B
Gene Clines - CF
Roberto Clemente - RF
Willie Stargell - LF
Manny Sanguillen - C
Dave Cash - 3B
Al Oliver - 1B
Jackie Hernandez - SS
Dock Ellis - P
This book is well thought out but isn't particularly insightful. The first part of the book ...

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