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BOOK REVIEW: LIVING ON THE BLACK
BY JOHN FEINSTEIN

We hope you enjoy this book review by Allen Hott.

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If you are a baseball fan this is the book for you. An in depth (500 pages) look at two big-league pitchers, Tom Glavine and Mike Mussina. These two major leaguers who are both nearing the end of brilliant careers are followed throughout the 2007 season. Glavine pitching for the New York Mets is closing in on 300 wins for his career. And Mussina of the Yankees is about to reach 250 wins for his career. Both of their respective teams are in the middle of pennant drives and the author is able to relate their feelings as they both struggle and persevere during this hectic time.

Perhaps a little more time is spent on Glavine as reaching 300 wins is a monumental achievement in major league baseball. But there are also the much deeper feelings that he passes on to Mr. Feinstein. No doubt that these feelings are based on the idea that Glavine is not only about to reach his milestone but also is about to possibly go to another World Series. And these achievements are about to happen with the NY Mets, once his archrival while he toiled many years for the Atlanta Braves. The competitiveness of his character is well documented by the conversations he and Feinstein have in building the book’s hook.

However Mussina is hardly forgotten and he too illustrates the competitiveness necessary to win big in the big leagues. Neither pitcher has ever been a hard thrower and much of their success has come by working around the plate during each opponent’s turn at bat. The plate is always white while the edges around the plate are painted black. So for both of these success stories to have worked as well as they did it meant that the pitchers were mostly “Living on the Black!"

The ending of the book correlates with the ending of the 2007 major league season and if you have forgotten the anxiety and thrills of that year you definitely need to read this book. Especially the final chapters as our heroes face their own demons in helping their teams battle to the finish.

Mr. Feinstein is a noted author and has written many sports oriented books. He covers all facets of sports and has even written several mysteries that were centered on sports. His writing is fast moving and uses a lot of interviews to help make the story more intriguing.

REVIEWED BY ALLEN HOTT

DO NOT REPRINT WITHOUT PERMISSION OF THE REVIEWER, ALLEN HOTT


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