REVIEW: Oriole Magic

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Oriole Magic is the story of the 1983 Baltimore Orioles and their quest for a World Series win. This book is boring, and I mean booooooooooooring. Written by Thom Loverro, this man apparently loves stats because the book is very statistical. I mean its baseball so you expect that, but he’s giving like batter to batter pitch counts, it’s just unnecessary and way too much to stay interested. And this is coming from me, a huge baseball and Oriole fan. Another thing I really didn’t like about this book is the author takes every chance he can to shit on Earl Weaver, that’s right, one of the greatest managers of all time, just downed at every turn, it’s fucking insane. There also seem to be multiple saviors and turning points of the season. Seems to me this is something you can really only have one of. The book it’s that long only clocking in at 244 pages but it felt like it took ages to read. I’m not quite sure who I could recommend this to; they’d have to be a super die hard Oriole fan and love statistical information. And really even then I’m not sure how much they’d enjoy this.

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REVIEW: Life In The Ring

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John E. Oden takes on the task of writing a boxing book, sure this has been done hundreds of times over but this time it’s a different kind of book. There’s a few things that make this book unique, first off it isn’t focused on the tragedy of the sport as so many now a days do. What this book does is take on a biographical stance on multiple boxers, telling some of their history, how they got started and in many cases the fight that made their careers. In just over 170 pages we take a look at Muhammad Ali, Oscar de la Hoya, Jake LaMotta, George Foreman, James J. raddock, Joe Calzaghe, Floyd Patterson, Bernard Hopkins and the Klitschko, Vitali and Wladimir. The author also gives us a look at Jack Dempsey, Gene Tunney, Joe Louis, Max Schmeling and their career defining fights. While there may be a lot of repeat information that you’ve heard before if you follow boxing or boxing history you may be surprised to find a lot of information you didn’t know. Each chapter is around five pages which help make this a page turner but none of this seems rushed. This book is a must read for any boxing fan.

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REVIEW: Classy Freddie Blassie Listen, You Pencil Neck Geeks

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Wrestling legend Classy Freddie Blassie write a biography along with the help of Keith Elliot Greenberg, and this book is awesome. Any wrestling fan should read this book, it provides incite on everything. Freddie Blassie covers getting into wrestling, the early days, his peek, becoming a manager and retirement. Not only that but it tells a lot of Blassie’s personal life as well. As an added attraction it includes input from different wrestlers, promoters and celebrities that knew and worked with Freddie throughout his life. Clocking in at 288 pages this is one of the better books I’ve read on wrestling.

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REVIEW: Together We Were Eleven Foot Nine

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While at 169 pages this isn’t the longest baseball book ever written it may be my favorite. Jim Palmer is one of the greatest pitchers of all time, Earl Weaver is one of the greatest (if not the greatest) managers of all time. Together they were a great time, a friendship filled with what some people might as a love hate relationship. Written by Jim Palmer and Jim Dale this takes us from 1965 to 1983, a pretty complete list if I do say so myself. This is filled with great Palmer and Weaver stories, a great read for any baseball fan and a must read for any Baltimore Orioles fan.

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REVIEW: Inside the Lion’s Den

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This book was not quite what I expected it to be but I think in the end it turned out for the better. The reason it was unexpected was because I picked it up while Ken was in the height of his WWF(E) career so I assumed it would be about his transition into wrestling and life in the WWF(E). I was however mistaken, this could have been avoided, I imagine if I’d simply read the book jacket instead of going ‘Fuck yeah, Ken Shamrock book’, but as I said, this was most likely a much better book. What this book is the world’s most dangerous man’s life up until he goes into the world of wrestling. In fact the book ends as he signs his WWF contract. It tells of Ken growing up, how he got into MMA, what that was like in the beginning and his career fights and training in that sport. The MMA stuff is really great, gives you a great inside look to the sport that’s now seems to be the most popular sport in the world. He tells of some of the techniques he used in his fights and what the world was like. It also tells the story of Ken growing up, he’s had a much rougher life than I had realized, it really makes what he’s achieved that much more amazing. Ken had a little help writing this one with Richard Hanner, and Clixtro Romias but I think the three did a great job on this, even though it’s a little on the light side with being 224 pages. I’d also like to see a followup to this, I think it would still make for a great read.

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REVIEW: The Rock Says…

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The Rock Says….well, not much. This was written in I guess what you would call the first craze of wrestler biographies and really seems like the WWF’s attempt to cash in on that with one of their biggest stars. It’s been up for question more than once how much input the Rock actually had on this book and how much was just Joe Layden but through these 304 pages the Rock had to have some touch. It’s not all bad in fact there’s a lot of good stuff in here, a good amount of how great Owen Hart was some stories of the Rock starting out in wrestling sleeping on mattresses he found outside hotels and remembering his first match. While this isn’t the best wrestling book written it’s not quite the worst either.

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REVIEW: Tales from the Orioles Dugout

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Louis Berney is obviously a baseball fan, and a Baltimore Orioles fan. “Tales from the Orioles Dugout” presents a great splash of stories and information about a lot of players that have gone through the organization, some that you may expect to see and some that you may not expect. 202 pages we get everything from Bob Turley in 1954 to Mike Mussina in 2000. The chapters aren’t too long, everyone only gets a few pages so you get more of a scatter-gun effect of Orioles stories than a textbook of Orioles history and information which I think works great for this book. This is one that most baseball fans would enjoy and any Oriole fan should have.

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