Split Season: 1981

Fernandomania, the Bronx Zoo, and the Strike that Saved Baseball
Product Number: EB00587132
Released: May 19, 2015
Business Term: 52 Circ / 730 Day
ISBN: #9781466843776
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
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Description

The never-before-told story of the momentous season torn in half by the bitter players strike. 1981 was a watershed moment in American sports, when players turned an oligarchy of owners into a game where they had a real voice. Midway through the season, a game-changing strike ripped baseball apart, the first time a season had ever been stopped in the middle because of a strike. Marvin Miller and the MLB Players Association squared off against Baseball Commissioner Bowie Kuhn and the owners in a fight to protect players rights to free agency and defend America's pastime. Though a time bomb was ticking as the 1981 season began, the game rose to impressive-and now legendary-heights. Pete Rose chased Stan Musial's National League hit record and rookie Fernando Valenzuela was creating a sensation as the best pitcher in the majors when the stadiums went dark and the players went on strike. For the first time in modern history, there were first- and second-half champions; the two teams with the overall best records in the National League were not awarded play-off berths. When the season resumed after an absence of 712 games, Rose's resumption of his pursuit, the resurgence of Reggie Jackson, the rise of the Montreal Expos, and a Nolan Ryan no-hitter became notable events. The Dodgers bested their longtime rivals in a Yankees-Dodgers World Series, the last classic matchup of those storied opponents. Sourcing incredible and extensive interviews with almost all of the major participants in the strike, Split Season: 1981 returns us to the on- and off-field drama of an unforgettable baseball year.

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Author(s): Jeff Katz
Original Publish Date: May 19, 2015

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