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On a clear day they could see seventh place : baseball's worst teams
Robinson, George, 1953-
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New York : Dell Pub., 1991.
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ix, 288 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
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"A Dell trade paperback."
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GV863.A1 R6 1991 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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The only one of its kind, this book deals solely with the worst teams in the major leagues. These two sports writers have decided that it is time to give baseball's lousiest teams some recognition. The franchise that lost 40 of its last 41 games, the team that pitched so badly that their pictures were not allowed on baseball cards, and definitely the funniest team in baseball, the 1962New York Mets, are among the area covered in this unforgettable account of thebumbling boys of summer. 12 pages of photographs. Radio giveaways.

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George Robinson is the recipient of a Simon Rockower Award for excellence in Jewish journalism from the American Jewish Press Association. A member of the National Book Critics circle, his writing on Jewish issues appears frequently in "The New York Times", "Washington Post", and "Newsday".

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Booklist Review

A snappy, readable collection of pieces on, by the authors' reckoning, the 10 worst baseball teams of all time. Robinson and Salzberg have done their homework all right, selecting one team from each of the 10 decades from the 1890s to the 1980s. And even though there have been other teams in history that lost more games than some of the candidates here, it would still be tough not to single out these dogs as the game's leading losers. There's the historic 1962 New York Mets, led by an aging and sleepy Casey Stengel and featuring the legendary Marvelous Marv Throneberry (among other iron-fingered fielders). There's the 1904 Washington Senators, who could boast having three (count 'em, 3) 20-game losers. There's the 1988 Baltimore Orioles, who entered the sweepstakes of ignominy by losing the first 21 games of the 1988 season. Added to the record of nonachievement are the 1952 Pittsburgh Pirates--featuring the great Ralph Kiner and a motley group of also-rans (Joe Garagiola), gonna-be's (Dick Groat), and never-were's (Manny Senerchia)--and the 1899 Cleveland Spiders (record: 20-134, with a 24-game losing streak). Appealing reading for avid fans. ~--Martin Brady