The Tigers of ’68 was entertaining and informative. It followed the individual players both in their pre-Tigers career and in their post-Tigers lives. It related the events of many of the games played that year and it talked about the changes that have happened to baseball, Detroit and the nation since ’68.
For ’68 was the end of an era, call it ‘real baseball’ if you wish. It was the time before divisional playoffs, huge salaries, the designated hitter and television. (Not to mention the new addition of ‘review’)
George Cantor was a baseball reporter for the Detroit Free Press in 1968 and he says of the moment when the Tigers won the World Series, “…it took all the journalistic restraint I had in my body to keep from jumping up and screaming…”. The book is written with that journalistic restraint and you feel slightly removed from the emotion of it all. My favorite baseball book remains – The Bottom of the 33rd.