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Three Nights in August - Strategy, Heartbreak, and Joy; Inside the Mind of a Manager (2005)
Front Cover Book Details
Buzz Bissinger
Tony Larussa
H. G. Bissinger
Publication Date 2005
Format Hardcover
Publisher Houghton Mifflin Company
"A Pulitzer Prize-winning author captures baseball's strategic and emotional essences through a point-blank account of one three-game series viewed through the keen eyes of legendary manager Tony La Russa. Drawing on unmatched access to a manager and his team, Buzz Bissinger brings the same revelatory intimacy to major league baseball that he did to high school football in his classic bestseller, Friday Night Lights." Three Nights in August shows thrillingly that human nature - not statistics - can often dictate the outcome of a ball game. We watch from the dugout as the St. Louis Cardinals battle their archrivals, the Chicago Cubs, for first place, and we uncover delicious surprises about the psychology of the clutch, the eccentricities of pitchers, the rise of video, and the complex art of retaliation when a batter is hit by a pitch. Through the lens of these games, Bissinger examines the dramatic changes that have overtaken baseball: from the decline of base stealing to the difficulty of motivating players to the rise of steroid use. More tellingly, he distills from these twenty-seven innings baseball's constants - its tactical nuances, its emotional pull.
Personal Details
Collection Status In Collection
Index 78
Read It Yes
Links Barnes & Noble
Product Details
ISBN 0618405445
Nr of Pages 256
First Edition No
Rare No