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The fight of their lives: How Juan Marichal and John Roseboro turned baseball's ugliest brawl into a story of redemption




John Rosengren's new book “The Fight of Their Lives” (Lyons Press, 2014). Rosengren also authored “Hank Greenberg: The Hero of Heroes” (New American Library, 2013), which has recently come out on paperback.
John Rosengren's new book “The Fight of Their Lives” (Lyons Press, 2014). Rosengren also authored “Hank Greenberg: The Hero of Heroes” (New American Library, 2013), which has recently come out on paperback.

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The Fight of their Lives: tells the story of two men forever linked by a moment portrayed in an iconic photograph:  Marichal with his bat poised to strike Roseboro in the head. 

At the time, Marichal was a Dominican anxious about his family’s safety during the civil war back home; John Roseboro was a black man living in South Central L.A. shaken by the Watts riots a week earlier.

That Sunday afternoon in August 1965, on a day when the Dodgers and Giants clashed in a tight pennant race, the national pastime reflected the tensions in society and nearly sullied the two men forever.

Yet Marichal and Roseboro were able to rise above the moment, eventually reconciling and becoming friends.  

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Guest:

John Rosengren, author of “The Fight of Their Lives” (Lyons Press, 2014) and “Hank Greenberg: The Hero of Heroes” (New American Library, 2013), which has recently come out on paperback