Ten Innings at Wrigley: The Wildest Ballgame Ever, with Baseball on the Brink

Ten Innings at Wrigley: The Wildest Ballgame Ever, with Baseball on the Brink

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It was a Thursday at Chicago's Wrigley Field, mostly sunny with the wind blowing out. Nobody expected an afternoon game between the Philadelphia Phillies and Chicago Cubs on May 17, 1979, to be much more than a lazy early-season contest matching two teams heading in opposite directions-the first-place Phillies and the Cubs, those lovable losers-until they combined for thirteen runs in the first inning. "The craziest game ever," one player called it. "And then the second inning started."

Ten Innings at Wrigley is Kevin Cook's vivid account of a game that could only have happened at this ballpark, in this era, with this colorful cast of heroes and heels: Hall of Famers Mike Schmidt and Bruce Sutter, surly slugger Dave Kingman, hustler Pete Rose, unlucky Bill Buckner, scarred Vietnam vet Garry Maddox, troubled relief pitcher Donnie Moore, clubhouse jester Tug McGraw, and two managers pulling out what was left of their hair.

It was the highest-scoring ballgame in a century, and much more than that. Bringing to life the run-up and aftermath of a contest the New York Times called "the wildest in modern history," Cook reveals the human stories behind the game-and how money, muscles and modern statistics were about to change baseball forever.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781618038524
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
Publication date: 05/07/2019
Edition description: Unabridged
Sales rank: 580,268
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 5.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Kevin Cook is the author of the award-winning Tommy's Honor (the basis for the feature film), Titanic Thompson, Kitty Genovese, and The Dad Report: Fathers, Sons, and Baseball Families. He lives in Northampton, Massachusetts.

Barry Abrams has narrated and produced audiobooks for a variety of publishers. Since 2012, he has also hosted and produced ESPN's In the Gate podcast. Based in Danbury, Connecticut, Barry engineers and calls live webcasts of his son's ice hockey games.

Table of Contents

Starting Lineups and Rosters xi

Prologue: May 1979 1

Part 1 National League Least 7

The Cubs: Foiled Again 9

The Phillies: Unloved Losers 27

Part 2 Ten Innings 43

Part 3 Legacies 155

Miracle on Broad Street 157

Kong vs. the Media 171

Disgrace Under Pressure 183

Moore and the Split 193

Ball in the Family 207

Epilogue: Money, Metrics, and Music 219

Box Score 228

A Note on Sources 229

Acknowledgments 239

Index 241

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