Big Hair and Plastic Grass

A Funky Ride Through Baseball and America in the Swinging '70s

Epstein, Dan

Book - 2010
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Big Hair and Plastic Grass
The Bronx Is Burning meets Chuck Klosterman in this wild pop-culture history of baseball's most colorful and controversial decade The Major Leagues witnessed more dramatic stories and changes in the '70s than in any other era. The American popular culture and counterculture collided head-on with the national pastime, rocking the once-conservative sport to its very foundations. Outspoken players embraced free agency, openly advocated drug use, and even swapped wives. Controversial owners such as Charlie Finley, Bill Veeck, and Ted Turner introduced Astroturf, prime-time World Series, garish polyester uniforms, and outlandish promotions such as Disco Demolition Night. Hank Aaron and Lou Brock set new heights in power and speed while Reggie Jackson and Carlton Fisk emerged as October heroes and All-Star characters like Mark "The Bird" Fidrych became pop icons. For the millions of fans who grew up during this time, and especially those who cared just as much about Oscar Gamble's afro as they did about his average, this book serves up a delicious, Technicolor trip down memory lane.

Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, 2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 0312607547
Branch Call Number: 796.3570973 E645b 2010
Characteristics: 340 p., [8] p. of plates :,ill. ;,24 cm


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The decadence of the '70's spilled onto the baseball diamond too. A great, easy read and very entertaining. Read with some Funkadelic on the speakers?

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Apr 25, 2011
  • Ichigaga rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A fun read for baseball fans. (we could use as much baseball 'fun' as we can get because the current Mariners are not 'fun'.)
My first baseball memory was watching the '78 World Series, Bob Welch against Reggie Jackson. Up til then I didn't really pay attention to baseball. But that moment held my attention and I've been a baseball fan since. There are endless books about baseball. This is the only one that focuses on the 1970's. Not a stat book, more of a yearly review of the pennant races in light of the social changes off and eventually on the field. Big hair and plastic grass. Yeah!


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