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'78
The Boston Red Sox, A Historic Game, and a Divided City
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Now in paperback: the inside story behind a crucial chapter in Red Sox lore-and a turbulent time in a troubled city.

George Steinbrenner called it the greatest game in the history of American sports. On a bright October day in 1978, the Boston Red Sox met the New York Yankees for an epic playoff game that would send one team to the World Series-and render the other cursed for almost a quarter of a century.

Award-winning sports columnist Bill Reynolds masterfully tells the dramatic story of the rival teams and players at this pivotal moment, and explores the social issues that divided Boston that summer and their influence on one game beyond the realm of sports.

Now in paperback: the inside story behind a crucial chapter in Red Sox lore-and a turbulent time in a troubled city.

George Steinbrenner called it the greatest game in the history of American sports. On a bright October day in 1978, the Boston Red Sox met the New York Yankees for an epic playoff game that would send one team to the World Series-and render the other cursed for almost a quarter of a century.

Award-winning sports columnist Bill Reynolds masterfully tells the dramatic story of the rival teams and players at this pivotal moment, and explores the social issues that divided Boston that summer and their influence on one game beyond the realm of sports.

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    Table of Contents


    Title Page

    Copyright Page

    Dedication

    Acknowledgements


    CHAPTER ONE

    CHAPETER TWO

    CHAPTER THREE

    CHAPTER FOUR

    CHPTER FIVE

    CHAPTER SIX

    CHAPTER SEVEN

    CHAPTER EIGHT

    CHAPTER NINE

    CHAPTER TEN

    CHAPTER ELEVEN

    CHAPTER TWELVE


    EPILOGUE

    NOTES

    BIBLIOGRAPHY

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    Copyright © Bill Reynolds, 2009

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    '78: the Boston Red Sox, a historic game, and a divided city/Bill Reynolds.
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    To my sister, Polly Reynolds,
    whose spirit in the midst of daily adversity,
    is a constant inspiration.


    And to Lizzy, for her ongoing support
    and encouragement.

    ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

    A special thank-you to:

    David Vigliano, my agent and professional adviser for twenty years now, who saw that this could be a book when it was just an idea floating around in my head.

    Dan Ambrosio, who shepherded the idea through the world of New York publishing.

    Mark Chait, who edited this book, shared the same vision of it that I had, and made it better at the crucial time when it needed it most. No writer can ask for more.

    Art Martone, the sports editor at the Providence Journal, whose insight into the Red Sox in the seventies was instrumental in the beginning of the process.

    The Red Sox, specifically Dick...

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