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Latest Book by Westcott Details Phils' '09 Season

PhoulBallz.com's favorite Phillies author, Rich Westcott, has returned with another book, Back Again: The Story of the 2009 Phillies. The latest book by Westcott looks into the background of the darling of the city, those pennant winning Phillies. The book details all the highlights of the first back-to-back National League World Series participants since the Reds did it in the 1970's. It follows the Phillies from Opening Day through their solid postseason run. The book is a meaningful trip down memory lane with that tremendous 2009 Phillies team.

Chapters in the book include recognition of the new Golden Era, a passage on manager Charlie Manuel, one on Moyer's 250th win in the Majors, one on the passing of legendary broadcaster Harry Kalas, detailed entries covering every aspect of the 2009 postseason and surprisingly there is a full analysis of the chain of events that brought Roy Halladay to the Phillies. It also includes a foreword written by Phils broadcaster Tom McCarthy.

The author, Rich Westcott, is a regular contributor to the Philadelphia Inquirer, is the incoming president of the Philadelphia Sports Writers Association and has written several books on the Phillies over the years.

Recently, PhoulBallz.com reviewed another new Westcott offering, Philadelphia Phillies Past Present & Future. You can check that post out by clicking this link.

As for Back Again, aside from the appearance of Miguel Cairo on the cover and the references to some mysterious player named "Victornio" I like the book and would consider it a necessary addition to the Phillies collections for phans of this Golden Era. Check out the Amazon link below, to purchase this book.



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