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Silver Seasons and a New Frontier
The Story of the Rochester Red Wings, Second Edition

Jim Mandelaro and Scott Pitoniak

With a Foreword by Cal Ripken, Jr.

Cloth Limited Edition $29.95    |    978-0-8156-0979-7    |    2010

Paper $19.95    |    978-0-8156-0951-3    |    2010

Television Series
"MINOR LEAGUE" is the television series that people have been hearing about across the country. This 13 episode series (30 minutes per episode) takes an inside look at the little-known world of minor league baseball in America. Cameras rolled from March to September 2009, as we traveled the United States with the Rochester Red Wings...the Triple-A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins. Viewers will learn, first hand, what it’s like...physically and mentally, to be a a minor league player, striving to make it...to the SHOW.

"A terrific book about the rich tradition of Rochester and its Red Wings. Wonderfully written and researched."
—Ron Shelton, director of Bull Durham

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 version of Silver Seasons: The Story of the Rochester Red Wings, published in 1996, includes three new chapters covering the team’s record-setting tenth International League championship, being named top minor league franchise by Baseball America, and their new affiliation with the Minnesota Twins.

  • Read about the longest game in pro baseball history, a thirty-three-inning affair between the Red Wings and the Pawtucket Red Sox that stretched from April to June

  • Learn about one of the greatest teams in minor league history, the 1971 Junior World Series champion Red Wings

  • Take a trip back in time and relive the miracle homers hit by Estel Crabtree in 1939 and Jim Finigan in 1961

  • 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 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, 400 pages, 63 black-and-white illustrations, appendixes, index

Silver Seasons and a New Frontier

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