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You think your team is bad? In this landmark work on one of the most tortured franchises in baseball, one reporter discovers that nine innings can feel like an eternity. In early 1973, gonzo sportswriter Mike Shropshire agreed to cover the Texas Rangers for the Fort-Worth Star-Telegram, not realizing that the Rangers were arguably the worst team in baseball history. Seasons in Hell is a riotous, candid, irreverent behind-the-scenes account in the tradition of The Bronx Zoo and Ball Four, following the Texas Rangers from Whitey Herzog's reign in 1973 through Billy Martin's tumultuous tenure. Offering wonderful perspectives on dozens of unique (and likely never-to-be-seen-again) baseball personalities, Seasons in Hell recounts some of the most extreme characters ever to play the game and brings to life the no-holds-barred culture of major league baseball in the mid-'70s.

©1996 Mike Shrophire (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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If you followed MLB in the 70's or 80's !!!!

What made the experience of listening to Seasons in Hell the most enjoyable?

Hilarious story and attention keeping delivery. If you followed baseball in the 70's or 80's you will be familiar with the characters. Things used to be simpler and unchecked and the way these guys lived and carried on is very entertaining.

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Powlus ruins a great story

What would have made Seasons in Hell better?

Having a narrator who at least has minimal knowledge of the game of baseball would have prevented the numerous cringe-inducing mispronunciations.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Whitey Herzog. He managed to maintain his sanity while dealing with this cast of misfits and eventually became one of the game's greatest managers.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Peter Powlus?

Anyone

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Seasons in Hell?

Most of Shropshire's references to his drinking exploits seemed a bit unnecessary.

Any additional comments?

The mispronunciations from Powlus made this a painful listen.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Peter W Robinson
  • 07-20-15

Baseball in the 1970's in the raw

What made the experience of listening to Seasons in Hell the most enjoyable?

A laugh out loud account of the (often crude) antics of players, coaches, owners journalists and many associated with America's National Pastime. All in the context of a team that flopped egregiously then improved only to flop again! Informative and entertaining.