The Slide: Leyland, Bonds, and the Star-Crossed 1990s Pirates (Paperback)
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The Slide: Leyland, Bonds, and the Star-Crossed 1990s Pirates (Paperback)

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Paperback 200 Pages / Published: 30/03/2017
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The talented but (arguably) underachieving Pittsburgh Pirates teams of the early 1990s advanced to the National League Championship Series for three consecutive seasons but never made it to the World Series. The authors document the Pirates' ups and downs from the 1979 World Series championship, through the 1980s when the city nearly lost the team, to the promise but ultimate frustration of the 1990-1992 teams that lost in heartbreaking fashion despite a talented manager in Jim Leyland and an exceptional (but controversial) player in Barry Bonds. They then present the decline of the franchise following the departure of these two figures and others. This decline resulted in 20 consecutive losing seasons until a breakout 2013 campaign.

Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
ISBN: 9780822964445
Number of pages: 200
Weight: 454 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 25 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Vividly recreates the circumstances that eroded what should have been an extended run of success. Fine reading for any baseball fan."
--Booklist

"For baseball fans curious to understand how players felt in the wake of those early '90's playoff shortcomings, there's much to like. If they want the scoop on how the team almost left town, only to be saved by a group headed by Kevin McLatchy, or how PNC Park came to be built, The Slide touches all the necessary bases."

--Pittsburgh Quarterly Magazine


"The time I spent in Pittsburgh was special for me and my family. A great atmosphere that included teammates, neighbors, employees, and fans. I'm happy to relive some of those memories with this book."
--Doug Drabek, former Pirate

"The Peterson's presentation is simply outstanding as the book reads like a play by play announcer and contains all the drama that is baseball and of course all the drama that are the players."
--North of Oxford

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