‘Swinging ’73’ Book Review

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on April 19, 2013

Swinging ’73
By Matthew Silverman
Softcover, 258 pages ($16.95 / Lyons Press)

The author, a baseball expert with nine books on the subject, now sets his sights on one of the sport’s greatest, most dramatic and colorful seasons ever, a go-go moment in pop-cultural time when players spent their time off the field living the high life they were seeing in movies, new rules were about to change the game forever and America was sorting out the scandal of Watergate and the scourge of Vietnam. Focused on two New York teams, the Mets and the Yankees, and their scruffy Pacific coast nemesis, the Oakland Athletics, “Swinging ’73” is a sharp, finely detailed, engrossingly entertaining snapshot of a country, and its national pastime, both grooving along—though not always smoothly—to the beat of a new era.