I’ve just finished reading Richard Bradley’s new book, “The Greatest Game: The Yankees, the Red Sox, and the Playoff of ’78.”
I went into this one with some concern – because I’m a huge fan of the 1978 Yankees and because that “Playoff” (or “Play-in”?) Game of October 2, 1978 is a game that I will never forget for the rest of my life.
Basically, this book was going to have to be awesome, in my mind, to match up with the subject matter that it was covering. And, as I can share now, “The Greatest Game” was up to the task.
I loved reading this book. It met my every expectation and more. Bradley not only takes you through “the game,” but, he takes you through the background of the players on both teams, the 1978 pennant chase as a whole, as well as throwing in some great pieces on baseball history.
And, “The Greatest Game” is near perfect in detail. I’m a bit of a nitpicker when it comes to books about Yankees teams and players that I followed deeply. And, I only caught three small mistakes in this book. On page 78, it refers to Don Gullet’s right arm hurting – when I’m pretty sure it should have referred to his left arm. On page 99, it referred to Yaz’ homer of October 2nd going down the left-field line when it should have said the right-field line. And, on page 136, in one section, it referred to Jack Brohamer as a right-handed batter and not as a left-handed batter. That’s it – out of many, many – did I say many? – many facts included in this book, those where the only items that I found that we not dead-on correct.
This aside, “The Greatest Game: The Yankees, the Red Sox, and the Playoff of ’78” is a very entertaining book. In terms of the essential library for the modern-Yankees fan, this book is a must inclusion. I recommend that Yankees fans get this book without delay. Don’t wait until the next time you’re in a bookstore or surfing Amazon, etc. Good to the bookstore or your favorite book-website, now, and pick up a copy of Bradley’s book. Seriously, do it now. Run. This book is worth it.
And, you don’t have to be a Yankees fan to enjoy this book. It was so well written and evenly attacked that a Red Sox fan should find it as a great read too. Heck, any fan of baseball history will want to read this book – it’s that good.
Again, I went into it with concern, expecting not to be impressed because of how important the subject matter was to me, and I came away from the experience very impressed and extremely pleased. Richard Bradley gets two, big, thumbs, way up, from WasWatching.com on “The Greatest Game: The Yankees, the Red Sox, and the Playoff of ’78.”