A review of Almost a Dynasty: The Rise and Fall
of the 1980 Phillies, by William C. Kashatus, appeared in the March 30 edition of the Philadelphia Inquirer. In this review, retired sports journalist Bill Lyon writes:
. . .[Kashatus] has knitted together a meticulously detailed, exhaustively
researched, thoroughly dissected offering that contains no fewer than
four appendices, a selected bibliography, an index, an introduction, a
list of acknowledgments, and a veritable novella’s worth of notes. It
is difficult to believe that anything has been left out. . . .
If you grew up with the Phillies of his generation, this book will
resonate and rekindle fond memories. If you are learning of it for the
first time, well, there was a time, believe it or not, when the
Phillies rose above their rag-tag history, when the teams of the most
futile franchise in all of sport were perennial contenders.