"A terrific book about the rich tradition of Rochester and its Red Wings. Wonderfully written and researched."—Ron Shelton, former Red Wing and director of Bull Durham
"Rochester holds a special place in my heart. Silver Seasons and a New Frontier is a great way for fans to relive the moments that make the Red Wings such a wonderful franchise."—Justin Morneau, former Red Wing and 2006 American League MVP
"A book truly worthy of the town. As splendid as a Luke Easter home run."—Curt Smith, author of Voices of the Game
"Crisply written, wonderfully illustrated and overflowing with marvelous anecdotes about a storied franchise. It sets the standard by which all future minor-league history books must be judged."—Frank Bilovsky, coauthor of The Phillies Encyclopedia
Taking us back to the early nineteenth century, when baseball was played in the meadows and streets of Rochester, New York, Silver Seasons and a New Frontier retraces the careers of the players and managers who honed their skills at Silver Stadium and later at Frontier Field. The many greats who played for the Rochester Red Wings—Stan Musial, Cal Ripken, Jr., Bob Gibson, Boog Powell, Jim Palmer, Eddie Murray, and Justin Morneau—are among those brought to life in this story rich with quirky performances and poignant moments.
This updated edition of Silver Seasons: The Story of the Rochester Red Wings includes three new chapters covering the team’s record-setting tenth International League champion- ship, the distinction of being named top minor-league franchise by Baseball America, and its new affiliation with the Minnesota Twins. Read about the longest game in pro baseball history; learn about one of the greatest teams in minor-league history, the 1971 Junior World Series champion Red Wings; relive the miracle homers hit by Estel Crabtree in 1939 and Jim Finigan in 1961; and reminisce about the closing of fabled Silver Stadium and the opening of glorious Frontier Field in downtown Rochester, which was capped by an unlikely championship in the Red Wings’ first season at their new park in 1997.
Jim Mandelaro has covered the Rochester Red Wings for the Democrat and Chronicle since 1991. He has twice been honored as Sportswriter of the Year by the Rochester Press-Radio Club. He was inducted into the Frontier Field Walk of Fame in 2007.
Scott Pitoniak is a nationally recognized sports columnist and the author of ten books, including Memories of Yankee Stadium. He was inducted into the Frontier Field Walk of Fame in 1999 and the Newhouse School of Public Communications Hall of Fame in 2000.
6 x 9, 398 pages