A Pennant for the Twin Cities: A Review

A Pennant for the Twin Cities cover

A Pennant for the Twin Cities cover

I haven’t done a book review in a while, so I figured it was both time to do one and a good way to finish up the year. This time I want to look at A Pennant for the Twin Cities edited by Gregory H. Wolf. It’s a SABR Publication that came out this year (2015).

The book is a review of the 1965 Minnesota Twins American League pennant winning team. The book is divided into sections that explore the players, on field managers and coaches, and the front office through a series of short biographies. The first section looks at the owner (Calvin Griffith), the Twins home stadium, spring training, and offers a short look at the 1965 season. The next section is a group of biographies of the players interspersed with looks at individual games, including the pennant clincher. This is followed by biographies of the manager, coaches, broadcasters, primary sportswriters following the Twins, and then a summary of the World Series, which the Twins lost in seven games. The biographies and summaries are very uneven in quality, because they are written by a host of people. Some are very good, others not so much. Overall, the mixed quality doesn’t distract too much from the book because of the sheer amount of material, most done well. Although the biographies are the heart of the book, the various game summaries and the World Series synopsis are worth a look.

All in all I think this is a very good book if you are interested in 1960s baseball. It is available from SABR online as both an e-book and to purchase as a paperback. It’s $9.99 for the e-book and $19.95 for the paperback. You can also pick it up at Amazon for $19.95. The book runs 396 pages including the list of contributors.

 

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8 Responses to “A Pennant for the Twin Cities: A Review”

  1. glen715 Says:

    Looks like a good book about “Griffith’s Plantation”.

  2. keithosaunders Says:

    I just started reading Sandy Koufax: A Lefty’s Legacy by Jane Leavy. I’m only at the forward but I think I’m going to enjoy it. Have you read this?

    Happy Sandy Koufax’ birthday! (And LeBron James and Tiger Woods)

    • verdun2 Says:

      Yes, read it about the time it came out. Good work and worth the read. Happy birthday to the best Lefty I ever saw.
      v

    • glen715 Says:

      I’m surprised that you both liked it. I remember when it first came out, and Koufax was very upset because Leavy either implied or outright wrote that Koufax was “gay”. I also don’t recall too many positive reviews about it at the time that it came out, either.

      Glen

  3. William Miller Says:

    Thanks for the book review, V, and Happy New Year!
    -Bill

  4. Steve Myers Says:

    Happy new Year v and happy book review, the Twins of that time kind of off the radar or off my radar, from 1965-1970 I’m talking. I still have that last game of the season against the Red Sox ready to be watched, but I think that was from 1967 or whatever year YAZ hit for the triple crown? Anyhoo, I think Harmon Killebrew was on all those Twins teams, from Idaho and hitting all those home runs in not that many at bats, probably puts him close to the top among the all timers over 500 in home run hitting efficiency. Fun team, successful team, those Twins, maybe the most successful of the small market teams? or maybe Pittsburgh tops them?

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