Reviews

THE 1988 DODGERS:

• Orel Hershiser IV…Kirk Gibson…the irrepressible Tom LaSorda…you know all about them. But Rick Dempsey, Mickey Hatcher, and Danny Heep—aka “The Stuntmen”—not so much. Now, thanks to K. P. Wee’s The 1988 Dodgers: Reliving the Championship Season, you will. This is the story of a very improbable and, yes, lovable bunch, the last LA Dodger squad to win a championship. (Bob Ryan, Boston Globe, ESPN)

• K. P. Wee brought back great memories for every Dodgers fan. This book is very informative and gives fantastic insight by interviewing the players and general manager Fred Claire. I highly recommend this book for all baseball fans! (Tom Candiotti, television analyst for the Arizona Diamondbacks, former major-league pitcher)

• With thorough input from a variety of sources—star players, scouts, a third-string catcher, bat boys, broadcasters—Wee takes the reader on a candid journey through the Los Angeles Dodgers’ 1988 season. It’s a must-read for hardcore fans, and for anyone whose memories have been reduced to Orel Hershiser’s scoreless-inning streak and Kirk Gibson’s home run. The lost moments, colorful characters, and behind-the-scenes drama all come alive. (J. P. Hoornstra, MLB reporter for the Southern California News Group and author of The 50 Greatest Dodger Games of All Time)

• The 1988 Los Angeles Dodgers were overloaded with big, bold personalities, with the likes of Kirk Gibson, Rick Dempsey, Mickey Hatcher, Jesse Orosco and, of course, manager Tommy Lasorda. K. P. Wee makes you feel like you have snuck into a corner stall in their clubhouse for their magical run to the World Series. (Steve Ewen, sports reporter for the Vancouver Province/Sun)

THE END OF THE MONTREAL JINX:

• As a Boston Bruins fan since the days of Bobby Orr, I actually loved this era more than any other even though the B’s did not win a Stanley Cup in the ’80s and ’90s. The reason you can read right in this fantastic book reliving all those days and the glory of Cam Neely drifting that shot past Patrick Roy to finally (FINALLY!) move the Bruins past the Habs in a series…and to start winning those matchups more often than not. As a B’s fan who grew up surrounded by Ken Dryden 1971-inspired Hab fans, the deliciousness of being able to defeat the enemy was sweeter than any Cup (and face facts the B’s luck was to make two Cup Finals and meet the powerhouse Oilers twice) from the ’70s.

The book itself is very detailed but without being bogged down in stats and boring newspaper sports page game stories. It’s a super fun read because the author gets into the personalities and the incidents that make this still one of the best sports rivalries on the planet. (Reader Brian Maitland via Amazon.com, May 21, 2018)

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