This is a MAJOR LEAGUE book in my baseball library. Sounds boring, but Okrent digresses on almost every page to bring background information to the fore, dealing with baseball strategy, the personalities and biographies of the players, managers, and front office men involved, and the history of the game. (The 30th anniversary of that game, which took place on June 10, 1982, is less than a month in the future, as I write!) It's hard to imagine now, but at that time the major league minimum salary was just $34,000. Specifically, the trade described occurred on December 12 of 1980, when Milwaukee received from Whitey Herzog's Cardinals Ted Simmons, Pete Vukovich and Rollie Fingers in exchange for Sixto Lezcano, David Green, Larry Sorenson and Dave LaPoint. This book should provide a very pleasurable and informative read to any baseball fan who would like to dip into the state of the game three decades ago. There were a couple potential digressions that were not made in the book, that I would have liked to see: more information about umpires, and also about the official scoring of baseball.
OKRENT ON BASEBALL The author dissects a game between the Milwaukee Brewers and Baltimore Orioles played on June 10th, 1982 - this book was originally published in 1985.
I had been eyeing this book for years, and finally picked up this book that takes you inside a good afternoon game in 1982 between the eventual AL champions Milwaukee Brewers and the 1983 World Champion Baltimore Orioles. Frankly, I don't care about that stuff, and I don't like it when the business side is included too much in baseball books, but as a reporter I guess I realize it's necessary at times. I recommend for any baseball fan, basically a must-read for any Baltimore Oriole or Milwaukee Brewer fan.
Maybe a little too deep at times into the 1982 Milwaukee Brewers organization and baseball commissioners, which even the biggest baseball nerds can only care about so much, but great journalism, enough actual baseball details and personality to make it a fun read today. As every other review will note, this book chronicles one early summer game between the Brewers and Orioles, two great teams with vastly different managers. It has enough baseball nerd stuff to keep the fantasy baseball guys interested and enough quotes and anecdotes about players to make it good everyday reading.
It's Daniel Okrent writing about baseball, for crying out loud!! But as someone who became a baseball fan in the early 2000s, reading in exhaustive detail about teams, players, and staff from the early 1980s just wasn't fun.
In some cases, I know people who hate baseball. Okrent is a great writer, but his transitions from the game and story were very wide. The idea of the book was the intricacies of an ordinary baseball game, but in the end I was bored.
This book is about a June 10, 1982 baseball game between the Milwaukee Brewers and the Baltimore Orioles. All in all it was an entertaining book that lets you see the game from an entirely different viewpoint.
Nine Innings gives you exactly what it says on the label: A description, in minute detail, of a single baseball game between the Milwaukee Brewers and the Baltimore Orioles. There have been in-depth studies of particular seasons (Cait Murphys Crazy 08) and series (Buzz Bissingers Three Nights in August , and minute studies of the subtleties of the game (George Wills Men at Work), but there is, to the best of my knowledge, nothing else like Nine Innnings in the vast literature of baseball. Ive read more than my share of tightly focused baseball books . but ran out of steam somewhere in the fourth inning of this one, even as I admired Okrents research and narrative craftsmanship.
I have read a lot of baseball books and Daniel Okrent ' s "Nine Innings: The Anatomy of a Baseball Game" is the most original and clever of them all, if not the best. While awaiting, say, a 2-2 pitch, the reader is invited on a ride that turns into how highly touted a youngster Molitor was, what position he best excelled at, why the Brewers moved him to third base, the animosity switching his position caused in the clubhouse, the delicate balance of an entire make-or-break transition this would become, Molitor's relationship with fellow great Robin Yount, Yount's own amazing baseball ride, and so much more.
Beginning with Nine Innings in 1985, and proceeding through the 2010 publication of Last Call, Okrent has been (wrote novelist Kevin Baker in Publishers Weekly) "one of our most interesting and eclectic writers of nonfiction over the past 25 years." In addition to the books featured on this site, he was also co-author with Steve Wulf of Baseball Anecdotes (Oxford University Press, 1987), and author of The Way We Were: New England Then, New England Now (Grove Weidenfeld, 1989), currently out-of-print.