These firm-jawed portraits of a dozen currently popular stars -- including Ryan, Bench, Blue, Murcer, Jackson, and Rose --...

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NEW BREED HEROES IN PRO BASEBALL

These firm-jawed portraits of a dozen currently popular stars -- including Ryan, Bench, Blue, Murcer, Jackson, and Rose -- marshal all the relevant stats and maintain a universally positive tone (except in the case of Cedeno, whose involvement in a manslaughter case is grounds for a rather maudlin put-down -- ""Was. . . finding himself a star too hard for him to handle?""). On the whole, Gutman avoids the familiar excesses of boosterism, but he presents the so-called new breed -- nice guy Seaver, newly contented Dick Allen -- in a manner that never tampers with their approved public images.

Pub Date: April 22, 1974

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: 192

Publisher: Messner

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1, 1974