Billy Ball: Billy Martin and the Resurrection of the Oakland A's

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6.0 X 8.7 X 1.2 inches | 1.2 pounds
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About the Author
Dale Tafoya is author of Bash Brothers: A Legacy Subpoenaed (Potomac Books, 2008) and has followed Oakland A's baseball for thirty years. His work has appeared in the Oakland Tribune, Contra Costa Times, Orlando Sentinel, Modesto Bee, The Source, and Beckett Baseball Card Monthly. In addition to his writing credits, Tafoya has been a guest on ESPN Radio, FOX Sports, Cumulus Media and Comcast Sports. Tafoya resides in the San Francisco-Bay Area.
"Back home and at the height of his managerial powers, Billy Martin turned the rag-tag A's into a winner and a pop culture phenomenon. Billy Ball explains in great detail how he pulled it off. The story seems especially amazing given the lack of daring and the decline of influence among managers today."-- TOM VERDUCCI, New York Times bestselling author, Fox and MLB network analyst "Dale Tafoya has written a first-class piece of journalism on Billy Martin's effect on Oakland when he took over as manager of the A's in 1980. Billy, who was from the Bay Area, took a dreadful team and built it into a winner. These were the glory days of Billy Ball." -- PETER GOLENBOCK, author of Wild, High, and Tight: The Life and Death of Billy Martin "A wild, wacky, blissful read about a magical baseball run. Billy Martin is best remembered as a Yankee, but his time revitalizing the A's speaks to a larger-than-life figure's impact on a franchise in need of a jolt. This is tremendous stuff." --JEFF PEARLMAN, The New York Times bestselling author of eight books, including The Bad Guys Won! "In Billy Ball, Dale Tafoya takes us back to a time before the analytics revolution, when the manager was not a figurehead but a must-see celebrity who could re-shape a team's whole outlook. Tafoya brings Billy Martin to life through exhaustive research and captivating insights from players, coaches, reporters and others who lived through an exciting era in Oakland baseball that finally gets the book it deserves." --TYLER KEPNER, The New York Times