Stars and Strikes: Baseball and America in the Bicentennial Summer of ‘76

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Dan Epstein scored a cult hit with Big Hair and Plastic Grass: A Funky Ride Through Baseball and America in the Swinging '70s. Now he returns with a riotous look at the most pivotal season of the decade.

America, 1976: colorful, complex, and combustible. It was a year of Bicentennial celebrations and presidential primaries, of Olympic glory and busing riots, of "killer bees" hysteria and Pong fever. For both the nation and the national pastime, the year was revolutionary, indeed. On the diamond, Thurman Munson led the New York Yankees to their first World Series in a dozen years, but it was Joe Morgan and Cincinnati's "Big Red Machine" who cemented a dynasty with their second consecutive World Championship. Sluggers Mike Schmidt and Dave Kingman dominated the headlines, while rookie sensation Mark "The Bird" Fidrych started the All-Star Game opposite Randy "Junkman" Jones. The season was defined by the outrageous antics of team owners Bill Veeck, Ted Turner, George Steinbrenner, and Charlie Finley, as well as by several memorable bench-clearing brawls, and a batting title race that became just as contentious as the presidential race.

From Dorothy Hamill's "wedge" haircut to Kojak's chrome dome, American pop culture was never more giddily effervescent than in this year of Jimmy Carter, CB radios, AMC Pacers, The Bad News Bears, Rocky, Taxi Driver, the Ramones, KISS, Happy Days, Hotel California, and Frampton Comes Alive!---it all came alive in '76!

Meanwhile, as the nation erupted in a red-white-and-blue explosion saluting its two- hundredth year of independence, Major League Baseball players waged a war for their own liberties by demanding free agency. From the road to the White House to the shorts-wearing White Sox, Stars and Strikes tracks the tumultuous year after which the sport---and the nation---would never be the same.

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  • Dr. Detroit

    The 70’s. What a larf.The summer of 1976 arrived like a biblical curse at my parents’ house as they tried to come to terms with their eldest’s last big campaign push to be voted “most likely t...

  • Lance

    1976 was a celebratory year for the United States as the nation celebrated its 200th year of declaring independence. In baseball, many were not as in a celebratory mood, unless they were on the Cincin...

  • Tim Kline

    I received this book, from my beautiful wife, for Christmas. I promptly started reading it and loved it! I had never heard of the book or the author, Dan Epstein. It was great to read about the many d...

  • Mark

    Stars and Strikes: Baseball and America in the Bicentennial summer of ’76, Dan Epstein, 2014. This was a fun book to read. It was lent to me by Johanna Rupprecht who said, “I need someone else old...

  • Spiros

    An entertaining visit back to the 1976 Baseball season, which was a whole different animal to the game as we know it now: as in "American Hustle", where congressmen were being bribed with $40,000, it'...

  • Steve

    I read his last book, "Big Hair and Plastic Grass" and I figured this one would be just as good. I was right. If you love 1970's baseball then get this book. He goes through the season covering all th...

  • John

    A chronological log of the 1976 baseball season, which is funny, a little irreverent, and thorough. Epstein gives a month-by-month recap of a crazy season which ended with a really boring World Series...

  • Michael Cincotta

    What a lot of fun I had reading this book. 1976 was a pivotal year in baseball, music, politics and America. Dan Epstein weaves them together beautifully and makes it come alive. As a Yankees fan this...

  • Scott Breslove

    Not bad, nothing special but a few interesting nuggets. A lot of music intermixed with baseball, but personally I could have done without the music stuff.Well written and was kept interesting, so that...

  • Tim Timberly

    An entertaining book about baseball, but really about the Reds, the A's, the Royals, the Phillies, the White Sox, and the Yankees. And a little about the Red Sox and Tigers. I would have liked the mus...