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A Whole New Ballgame: The 1969 Washington Senators         
A Whole New Ballgame: The 1969 Washington Senators
By Stephen Walker
ISBN: 978-1-929763-38-2
Price: $17.95
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Despite a long and uneven history, Major League Baseball’s Washington franchises have hardly been the stuff of legend. However, in 1969, when new owner Bob Short coaxed batting legend and rookie manager Ted Williams out of retirement, these annual no-names climbed out of the depths and straight into the hearts of Washington baseball fans starving for a winner. Led by The Capital Punisher Frank Howard, whose tape-measure home runs sometimes seemed like optical illusions, the Senators simply won ball games with a determination rarely seen in D.C. environs. A Whole New Ballgame showcases the 1969 Senators’ magical season, complete with player bios, photographs, stats, game action, and stories.

A Whole New Ballgame: The 1969 Washington Senators is also available as an ebook on Amazon.com for the Kindle.

        
Book Review Details:
        
Reviewed Appeared In: D.C. Baseball, 40 Years Later
Reviewed By: David Driver
Text Of Review:

In 1969 the Washington Senators won 86 games and finished “just” 23 games back of the American League champion Orioles. The current major league team in the nation’s capital will be hard pressed to win 86 games this season — or perhaps in the near future. But fans who want to read about a winning team down the Parkway can get a copy of A Whole New Ballgame: The 1969 Washington Senators, which was written by Ellicott City resident Stephen Walker.

A Howard County resident since 1996, Walker was born in 1962 and grew up in Northern Virginia. He said he saw the Senators play at RFK Stadium in 1969, 1970 and 1971. He interviewed 16 former Senators for the book, including power hitter Frank Howard, pitcher Dick Bosman, outfielder Del Unser and Eddie Brinkman, a slick-fielding shortstop.

The manager that season was Ted Williams, the Hall of Famer and former Red Sox slugger. Bosman led the league in ERA that year at 2.19 and third baseman Ken McMullen had 185 putouts to lead the league at the hot corner. And Howard hit 48 homers, a number that may be topped this year by Nationals’ slugger Adam Dunn.

Bosman, by the way, began coaching Little League baseball in McLean, Va., after his career, moved up to coaching at Georgetown University and was a coach for the Orioles from 1992-94. Major League Baseball has changed a lot over the past 40 years, so this book would be interesting for fans who grew up before or after the steroids era.

Date Reviewed: June 1, 2009
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Author Appearances:

June 20, 2009, 11am-12pm Dugout Zone, Ellicott City, MD. Author Stephen J. Walker will appear at the DugoutZone from 11 am until noon. Stephen will be signing his first book entitled A Whole New Ballgame which chronicles the 1969 Washington Senators season. Stephen's articles have appeared in the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR), a great organization with regional chapters that help keep the history of baseball alive. Stephen has written a fantastic account of the 69 Senators season - it brought me back to my own fond memories(and eventual disappointment) of the 1969 Cubs. Every baseball lover will enjoy the book and chatting with Stephen regarding Washington baseball lore.

July 3, 2009, 8pm News Channel 8 Television, Washington, DC. Glenn Harris on Sports Talk interviews Stepehen J. Walker about his book.

July 11, 2009, 9am Society for American Baseball Research "Talkin' Baseball' group at Brighton Gardens Assisted Living, 7110 Minstrel Way, Columbia, MD.

July 30 - Aug 2, 2009, Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) 39th Annual Convention in Washington, DC, Marriott Hotel. Presentation: "Frank Howard in 1969: Can an Old Dog Learn New Tricks to Get on Base? Greatest Improvements in Career High On-Base Percentage by Veteran Ballplayers." (email for details)

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