When the Crowd Didn't Roar
How Baseball's Strangest Game Ever Gave a Broken City Hope
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When the Crowd Didn't Roar chronicles this unsettling contest-as well as the tragic events that led up to it and the therapeutic effect the game had on a troubled city. The story comes vividly to life through the eyes of city leaders, activists, police officials, and the media that covered the tumultuous unrest on the streets of Baltimore, as well as the ballplayers, umpires, managers, and front-office personnel of the teams that played in this singular game, and the fans who watched it from behind locked gates. In its own way, amid the uprising and great turmoil, baseball stopped to reflect on the fact that something different was happening in Baltimore and responded to it in an unprecedented way, making this the unlikeliest and strangest game ever played.
Offers a dramatic, insightful, and engaging chronicle of a singular baseball game that
helped give a desperate city what it needed most: hope and the beginnings of redemption.
This game remains the only one in the 147-year history of MLB to be played without any fans. Cowherd's account will take the reader inside that surreal game and explore its significance, while also chronicling (in brief) the tragic events that led up to it.
As a longtime columnist for the Baltimore Sun, the author covered the Orioles in the 1980s and again from 2009 to 2013. He has extensive contacts with the Orioles, who have granted approval/access for his work on the book, as well as city and civic leaders whom he interviewed and who might help publicize the book.