Ichiro and Gorgeous George: A Fan's Look at Baseball, Life and Ichiro Suzuki's Magnificent Run at George Sisler's Single Season Hit Record

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The 2004 baseball season was, for the Seattle Mariners, a disaster. The team won 63 games that year, which as any fan knows means they lost 99, and finished in last place in the American League West Division. By mid August of the 2004 season most Mariner fans were being distracted from the team's won / lost record however. The reason? They were busy watching Ichiro Suzuki, the team's right fielder and the first Japanese regular position player in the Major Leagues, as he wielded his bat like a wand while chasing down one of the longest standing major records in baseball: George Sisler's all time record for hits in a single season. While the rest of the team was stinking up Safeco Field with their play, Ichiro was gracing this otherwise lost Mariner season with magic! Written from a fan's perspective, "Ichiro and Gorgeous George" is the story of Ichiro Suzuki's marvelous assault on Sisler's record. Told against the backdrop of Ichiros's first few seasons as a Seattle Mariner, including the devastating effect of 9/11 on the phenomenal Mariner 2001season, the story gradually builds the case for a stunning possibility regarding Ichiro and his relationship to Sisler and the record that will forever link them in baseball lore. Along the way much of both Mariner and general baseball history is toured, including the trades of Mariner stars Randy Johnson and Ken Griffey Jr., the loss of Mariner manager Lou Piniella to Tampa Bay in 2002, Bill Buckner's life ruining error in the '86 series, Branch Rickey and Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier with the Dodgers in 1947, details of George Sisler's life and career and much more. More than a story about the game of baseball and a great player's accomplishment, "Ichiro and Gorgeous George" is about the game of life, the spiritual connections that bind us all and the lessons to be learned between the lines. As such it is a 'must read', not only for students and fans of baseball,but for the students and fans of life itself.

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Mark Arnold is a lifelong baseball fan who grew up in the Seattle area and has lived there his entire life. As a kid he followed the Seattle Rainiers in the late ‘50s and early ‘60s and mourned the loss of the Pilots following their one season in Seattle in 1969. Since 1977 he has lived and died with the ebbs and flows of the Seattle Mariners, taking his lumps with the frequent losses and reveling in the less frequent victories. He is the author of many articles on a variety of subjects as well as a number of short stories and one novel. “Ichiro and Gorgeous George” is his 3rd published work following 2007’s science fiction yarn “Only On A Tiny Planet” and 2008’s comment on the financial crisis “Bailout is the Name of the Game”. He currently lives with his wife Tammy in Seattle’s Ballard district.

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