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81. Splendor on the Diamond: Interviews With Thirty-Five Stars of Baseball's Past
by Rich Westcott
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Catlog: Book (2000-09-01)
Publisher: University Press of Florida
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Baseball author and historian Rich Westcott collects intimate interviews and personal profiles of 35 legends of the game. Each player from one of baseball's greatest and most momentous eras--the decades following World War II--is a recognizable and unforgettable member of that cast of characters who gave a special flavor to a distinctively American age. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Baseball Stars of the 1950's and 1960's
I bought this book because it is about the heroes of my youth.I found the book to be an easy read with a quick rehash of their careers.I didn't find any real depth to any of the summaries of the players interviewed.I believe the book to be more suitable for a pre-teen or teen-aged reader who would be interested in an introduction to the players who made up baseball's golden age. ... Read more

82. Milwaukee Braves: A Baseball Eulogy
by Bob Buege
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4-0 out of 5 stars A Look at Baseball's "Main Street" in the 1950s
Far too many story-tellers of baseball in the 1950s seem to believe that the drama begins and ends with the subway ride between Brooklyn and the Bronx. What this view misses is that some of the very best ball was played some 1,000 miles to the west at the Milwaukee County Stadium.

The Fifties was perhaps baseball's last great decade before expansion teams, artificial turf and indoor play changed its shape and parameters. And Milwaukee was the most exciting city to watch the national past time in those days, where the local burghers pushed the Braves to the top of the attendance standings every season from 1953 to 1958. Much larger markets like New York, Philadelphia and Chicago simply could not keep up.

Bob Buege captures this remarkable phenomenon in a series of tight, colorful anecdotes capturing the spirit of this team and its city. His emphasis is less on historical analysis and more on giving the reader a "feel" for the era.

All that is wanting here is perhaps a bit more detail about the franchise and its player and a better explanation of the circumstances leading to the team's flight to Atlanta.

Overall, this book is essential for any fan who wishes to understand some of the greatest baseball of baseball's greatest decade.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Legendary Baseball Team
Although I was 10 when the Braves absconded to Atlanta therefore was too young to remember the glory years, this is a wonderful book about another time and place in history. By reading this book, you feel like you were apart of it. The writing is outstanding. Even though I wasn't born when the Braves moved to Milwaukee, you get goose bumps reading about the day the National League approved the move to Milwaukee and the celebration thereafter, the glory years, breaking attendance records, a world championship and all that went with it. You seethe when the rumors of the Atlanta move started and the transfer of the franchise takes place. The book captures the love between the Braves Baseball Club and the Wisconsin fans. It summarizes life in the 50's, a more innocent way of life that will never pass this way again. For those of you who want to read about what pro sports should be about, this book is a must.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best baseball books I have ever read!!!
This is one of the best books I have read about baseball in the 1950's and 1960's. I am not old enough to have seen the Milwaukee Braves, but because of Buege's book, I feel like I was there at County Stadium with Hank Aaron and Warren Spahn and Eddie Mathews. I loved it!

5-0 out of 5 stars Anyone close to sports history in Wisconsin must read this
Bob Buege has preserved the essence of one of sport's greatest teams. For those that grew up in the 50's and 60's this text details the phenomenal moments of the Milwaukee Braves.

Any National League enthusiast of that era would appreciate the insights into the ballplayers -- both the ups and downs, close calls, historic moments. Just reading anecdotes about the heroes of my boyhood gave me chills.

Buege is to be highly commended for capturing the flavor of Milwaukee's favorite team and the unusual competitiveness of the National League game. The Braves never had a losing season in its 13 year tenure. With two National League pennants, a World Series championship, and two end of the season finishes within one game of the Dodgers on either side of those pennants -- one realizes the magnitude of this franchise's caliber of pitching, fielding, and hitting.

Pictures from The Milwaukee Journal and Milwaukee Sentinel are dispersed throughout. I recommend that Buege put together a large picture book of those teams with some text. Spahn, Burdette, Aaron, Mathews, Adcock, Schoendinst, Covington, Hazel, Logan, Crandall, Torre, Carty, Bruton, Buhl, McMahon, meant so much to us. Perhaps a video could be made.

Each team of that era [The Reds, Cards, Cubs, Pirates, Giants, Dodgers, Phillies] should have its historian -- not just the Yankee teams. Buege has modeled this concept well and recalled the tragic moments leading to the robbery by Atlanta of Milwaukee's team. Many of us are grateful for his research and devotion. This is a must read for all Wisconsinites.

2-0 out of 5 stars A Melodramatic Review of the Milwaukee Braves
Mr. Buege is heavy on the facts in this detailed overview of the short life of the Milwaukee Braves. He is also heavy the cliches, mixed metaphors and melodrama. He'd be better off sticking with the facts.

Today one cannot swing a cat in Milwaukee without striking someone who doesn't claim to have spent their formatives years watching baseballs sail towards Perrini's Woods. Had these romantics actually paid to see a few more games, the Braves would still be where Mr. Buege claims they belong.

Mr. Buege ranks among those writers who use baseball as a metaphor to link generations, to conjure images of simpler times, of a more bucolic life, of the Federal Reserve Board, or whatever. The subject deserves better. ... Read more

83. Extra Bases: Reflections on Jackie Robinson, Race, and Baseball History
by Jules Tygiel
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84. Brushbacks and Knockdowns : The Greatest Baseball Debates of Two Centuries
by Allen Barra
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Catlog: Book (2004-04-24)
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
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Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars
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Allen Barra is back with Brushbacks and Knockdowns, his newest retrospective of baseball history and folklore.Barra, whose weekly sports column "By The Numbers" earned him millions of readers in The Wall Street Journal, offers solid answers based on exhaustive research and analysis. But Barra risks inciting barroom riots with essays covering such topics as "Who was a better hitter, Babe Ruth or Barry Bonds?,""Is Barry Bonds been the best player over 35 in baseball history?," "Who is the best player not in the Hall of Fame,?" "Who was the most valuable team player in baseball history?"(Hint:His name rhymes with 'Yogi'), and "Is baseball's talent pool shrinking?" He also casts his eye at the current state of Major League Baseball in his insightful essay titled "The Myth of Competitive Balance, or How Bud Selig Almost Suckered You Into Ruining the Baseball Season."

And for the first time Allen Barra will make some projections on the greatest players and most innovative new trends in the first half of the 21st century.

In addition to his usual comparisons and arguments, Barra opens the door to even more controversial subjects, using statistics to give decisive answers to such questions as "Who's Right, The Owners or The Players?" and telling readers, step-by-step, how the new Basic Agreement is going to affect baseball every year up to 2006, when baseball is due for its ugliest labor showdown yet. He also addresses the issue of steroids in baseball -- how they undermine statistics and the fan's faith in the integrity of the statistics that have been the game's lifeline for more than a century.
In Brushbacks and Knockdowns, Barra takes on baseball's toughest arguments. Readers will never think about baseball's greatest stars, situations, and match-ups in the same way again.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Sensational!
This book is really sensational! It's the most stimulating baseball book of the year. I loved Clearing The Bases, but I think this book is even better. The chapters on Yogi Berra and Barry Bonds are terrific, but the chapter on the New York Yankees and the myths surrounding them is alone worth the price of the book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fun and Daring
A wonderful baseball book that combines personal reminiscence, statistical analysis and even some social commentary. Barra is not afraid to tackle some controversial topics. I particularly enjoyed the essays about Yogi Berra, competitive balance, Barry Bonds' unprecedented performance, and the degree to which luck and "scrappy" play, rather than brute dominance, enabled the Yankees to win so many championships over the past few years.

5-0 out of 5 stars My review
I got this book for my father and he loves it. The chapter on the Yankees makes more sense than anything I've ever read on them. This is the most entertaining baseball book I've read all year.

5-0 out of 5 stars Don't drink and read this book
Drinking and driving isn't a good idea. Also not a good idea: drinking and reading this book -- and then driving. The chapter about the Yanks is first-rate. His thoughts about Yogi Berra are right on. This is a great read. A prep book for those bar room discusions of who's better, i.e., Bonds or Ruth. Folks, this book is loaded!

3-0 out of 5 stars Like a Drunk in a Bar
Parts of this book are very good, particularly when he analyzes the game in the manner of Bill James. However, he includes one, very long and very uninteresting chapter called "Don't Blame the Yankees." In it, he is completely out of control, like a drunk in a bar. Sure, his editor should have killed the chapter but Barra has to take the blame for ruining what could have been a pretty good book. ... Read more

85. Baseball's Forgotten Heroes
by TonySalin
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Catlog: Book (1999-07-11)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill
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"Baseball's Forgotten Heroes is a refreshing book full of great baseball stories not found elsewhere." -- David Nemee, baseball historian and author of Great Baseball Feats, Facts, and FirstsArt Pennington, a Negro League all-star in the 1940s, used to tell opposing pitchers to "throw it and duck."Bruno Haas, in his first major league game, set a still-standing record with 16 walks; he then went on to star in the minor leagues, pitching his last game at the age of 55. Bill Lange was considered Ty Cobb's equal by many people. Pennington, Haas, and Lange are three of the little-known, but fascinating men profiled in Baseball's Forgotten Heroes: One Fan's Search for the Game's Most Interesting Overlooked Players.One-armed outfielder Pete Gray granted author Tony Salin a rare interview, as did legendary minor-league sluggers Joe Bauman and Joe Hauser. Salin presents the stories of over a dozen former players, many in their own words. They share memories of playing with and against many of baseball's top stars including Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle, and Ted Williams. Salin also tells the stories of players such as Chuck Connors, television's "Rifleman," who played for the Brooklyn Dodgers and Chicago Cubs, and Paul Hines, a Triple Crown winner who turned to pickpocketing after his baseball career ended.Baseball's Forgotten Heroes proves that the most interesting stories aren't necessarily about the game's immortals.Tony Salin's writings have appeared in Baseball Digest, The Sacramento Bee, and other publications. He lives in San Francisco, California. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Baseball Has Interesting Characters
Baseball is a game rich in history and stories abound about those who have played the game. Author Tony Salin has provided us with stories of players who are known to true fans such as Chuck Connors, Billy Jurges, Frenchy Bordagaray, and Larry Jansen. A number of stories of very obscure players who have interesting tales to tell as well is also in the book. I especially enjoyed the pronounciation of names in the back of the book. I had hoped to see the name Chris Van Cuyk listed, but, alas, that one will continue to mystify me. The book is a quick read and is worth your time.

4-0 out of 5 stars A Change of Pace
Are you tired of reading the same stories about the same baseball players? Pick up this great little book for a different look at the game. Instead of rehashing old stories the author delves into the careers of some little known but colorful characters. The interviews, though somewhat rough around the edges, allow the author to give you the conversational type of history, as if you were sitting across the kitchen table from these baseball nomads. It's the kind of book you find yourself saying, "I could have written this book". But hey, the author followed through on his idea, and I look forward to seeing more of the same type material from him.

5-0 out of 5 stars the author's dedication shows throughout
This is a book written by someone with a lot of love for the game of baseball. It will mostly benefit others with the same love: Salin has found sufficiently obscure figures that I had only heard of half of them. Where feasible, he lets them tell their own stories, thus preserving their style of speech and bringing them to life (very important as most are very elderly or since deceased).

Salin must be a persuasive fellow and is certainly a persistent one; he wangled an interview with the very reclusive Pete Gray, who played major league baseball with only one arm (true story). He has gathered a collection of amusing and interesting stories that tell a lot about the times in which his subjects played.

And as if all that weren't enough, there's a great bonus at the end: a pronunciation guide to baseball people's names. How is someone like myself, born in the early 1960s, supposed to know how to pronounce a lot of the names of the past? What a superb inclusion, and the list is both long and phonetically clear. I couldn't believe my good fortune when I got to that part, having thought that the book was over, and was so pleasantly surprised. It was like a performer coming out for a superb encore.

Well worth the money and time for enthusiasts of baseball history. I'm going to keep my eye on this author, and I hope we get more.

5-0 out of 5 stars Thinking Differently About Baseball
This book, like Andrew Torrez's critically acclaimed _Off Base_, appears to be part of a growing trend among baseball authors to encourage their readers to think "outside the box." Salin's ideas, like Torrez's, are provocative and entertaining.

5-0 out of 5 stars A "must read" for everyone; a "must have" for enthusiasts!
Tony Salin's collection of stories in "Baseball's Forgotten Heroes" is a reminder that baseball's charm is created by more than the superstars that the media cling to when trying to get the average fan's attention. As much as I enjoy reading about Williams or DiMaggio, Baseball's Forgotten Heroes is a fresh approach that I hope will set a standard for future volumes. Throughout history, baseball has presented many men with fascinating stories that have been otherwise overlooked. Fortunately, there is at least one author with the desire and perseverance to publish some of these unsung-heroes' stories. The style of this book would appeal to anyone regardless of his or her degree of passion for baseball or knowledge of the sport, but it is a "must-have" for any baseball enthusiast's library. I hope Salin is able to produce many sequels to this wonderful model of baseball literature. HOF! ... Read more

86. Baseball History from Outside the Lines: A Reader
by John E. Dreifort
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87. Ted Williams: Reflections on a Splendid Life (Sportstown Series)
by Lawrence Baldassaro
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Ted Williams (1918–2002), one of the most colorful and controversial figures in sports history, was a genuine American hero and cultural icon.Considered by many the greatest hitter who ever lived, the "Splendid Splinter" appeared in eighteen All-Star games, won six batting titles and two Triple Crowns, and, in 1941, was the last player to hit over .400.In addition to his accomplishments on the baseball field, Hall-of-Famer Williams served as a fighter pilot in World War II and the Korean War, and was a tireless worker on behalf of the Jimmy Fund in the fight against cancer in children.

Williams's remarkable talent and passion for excellence, along with his stubborn, head-on approach to life and outspoken, volatile behavior, made him a favorite subject—and target—of sports scribes and other writers throughout his career.Although famous for his feuds with the press during his playing days, the temperamental star matured into a distinguished elder statesman of baseball.

This volume collects the best writing about Williams and some classic photographs of the hitter, providing a panorama of his brilliant ability and complex personality from his rookie year in 1939 to the memorial tributes following his recent death.It features thirty-five articles by celebrated sportswriters and best-selling authors, including Al Hirschberg ("Handsome Bad Boy of the Boston Red Sox"), Red Smith ("Ted Williams Spits"), Bud Collins ("'Saint' Goes Marching In"), Peter Gammons ("Williams an Unquestioned Hit with Him"), Ed Linn ("The Kid's Last Game"), John Updike ("Hub Fans Bid Kid Adieu"), Donald Hall ("The Necessary Shape of the Old-Timers' Game"), John Underwood ("Going Fishing with the Kid"), Stephen Jay Gould ("Achieving the Impossible Dream: Ted Williams and .406"), and David Halberstam ("The Perfectionist at the Plate").

Taken together, the pieces offer a vivid mosaic of a true American great who is admired and respected as much by today's ballplayers and fans as those of his own generation. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars This is a "must read" for all Ted Williams fans!
Compiled and edited by lifelong Boston Red Sox fan Lawrence Baldassaro (who is also Professor of Italian and Comparative Literature, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee), Reflections On A Splendid Life: Ted Williams is a remarkable tribute to the talented baseball player who won six batting titles and two Triple Crowns, and in 1941, was the last player to hit over .400. In addition to his legend on the baseball field, he served as a fighter pilot in World War II and worked on behalf of the Jimmy Fund to fight against cancer in children. Reflections On A Splendid Life collects writings and photographs of Williams, from his rookie year in 1939 to his death in July 2002. Articles by sportswriters, best-selling authors, and those who knew and respected the remarkable Ted Williams fill the pages of this one-of-a-kind compilation. This is a "must read" for all Ted Williams fans! ... Read more

88. Retro Ball Parks: Instant History, Baseball, And The New American City (Sport and Popular Culture)
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Catlog: Book (2005-02-01)
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89. The Annotated Baseball Stories of Ring W. Lardner 1914-1919
by Ring Lardner, George W. Hilton, George Woodman Hilton
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5-0 out of 5 stars best baseball book ever--should do a '90's version
I could read this book 100 times and never tire of it ... Read more

90. O Holy Cow!: The Selected Verse of Phil Rizzuto
by Phil Rizzuto, Hart Seely, Tom Peyer
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Found poetry is based on the idea that all kinds of texts, including conversational speech, are chock full of the stuff of poetry. Interesting sound-patterns, thematic repetitions, startling imagery--these typically poetic dimensions of language are always present, only in less-concentrated forms than one finds in poetry proper. Taking a leap of faith that the theory holds water, editors Tom Peyer and Hart Seely have gone through countless hours of baseball broadcasts and emerged with a book-length collection of what they are calling the verse of Phil Rizzuto, the beloved broadcaster of the New York Yankees. Rizzuto's "poems" are hilarious and often-insightful instances of the poetry of everyday speech. A total success. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Fun, for a while.
Even though it's a short book, a little bit goes a long way with this kind of thing. Use in moderation.

Plus, I miss Bill White's good-natured chuckling.

Still, these "poems" are pretty good at bringing back long-gone hot summer nights.

5-0 out of 5 stars who knew?
In the late 1970s, when the Mets really hit the skids and the Yankees got good again, it became necessary, if you were a kid in the Tri- State
area, to at least watch the Yankees, perhaps even to grudgingly root for them.  Forced into this spiritually untenable position, I chose to only
root for the scrubs, which made Cliff Johnson my favorite player.  I'll never forget the game where he tagged a pitch and Phil Rizzuto started
screaming that : "That one's outta here", bringing joy to the heart of every Heatchliff fan, only to have his towering popup caught by the
second baseman.  

"The Scooter" was easy to laugh at, with his myriad phobias, his propensity for saying unintentionally offensive things about minorities, his
tendency to leave the ballpark early when the Yankees were home, etc. But then there began appearing in The Village Voice a most
remarkable feature : verbatim text from Scooter's broadcasts rendered as poetry. We were suddenly confronted with the frightening prospect
that Scooter was not only making sense, but serving up literature, even profundity. Consider the wisdom, about baseball and about life [....]

As it turns out, this kind of exercise even has a name, it's called "found poetry." The Rizzuto poems are as good as any I've seen[...].

At any rate, this book is a hoot and once you read it you'll never again think of Rizzuto as just a good glove man, nor listen to a baseball
broadcast without noticing the frequently poetic nature of the announcer's line of patter.


5-0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Tribute
For me, nothing better epitomizes my age of baseball innocence than falling in love with the WPIX broadcasts of Phil Rizzuto, Frank Messer and Bill White during the late 1970s. This offbeat collection of the Scooter's unintentional poetry in his broadcasts is a graphic illustration of why Rizzuto was a true joy in the broadcast booth even if he wasn't a professional in the Mel Allen-Red Barber mold. I loved the format so much that I've actually reviewed the hundreds of old Yankee radio and telecast tapes in my collection searching for supplements to the collected verse of the Scooter and have found enough that could fill a sequel volume. Thanks to Seely and Pyer for this wonderful collection that no Yankee fan should be without.

5-0 out of 5 stars A must for any Yankee fan
Anyone who has ever heard the wisdon of Phil Rizzuto being broadcast from a Yankee game must buy this book. It is the epitome of the Scooter. It will make you laugh so hard it brings tears to your eyes while the "Poem" about Thurman Munson will bring tears to your eyes for a whole other reason.

5-0 out of 5 stars Truely a Hall of Famer
Scooter never disappoints. We should all be so gifted. Some people may not see the poetry, but just ask White or Seaver - they know ... Read more

91. The Yankees vs. Red Sox Reader
by Mike Robbins
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Catlog: Book (2005-03-12)
Publisher: Carroll & Graf
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From Yankee Bucky "F**ing" Dent's spirit-shattering home run in the 1978 American League East playoff to Aaron Boone's pennant-winning blast for the Bombers twenty-five years later; from Roger Clemens's treasonous signing (at least in Red Sox country) with the Yankees in 1998 to the infamous Curse of the Bambino that started it all, there is nothing in the history of sports more spirited, vitriolic, romantic, and impassioned than the rivalry between the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox. The Yankees vs. Red Sox Reader collects the finest writing on what is surely the pinnacle of contentious athletic team competition. A rich array of our most gifted sports writers chronicle an enmity that reaches far beyond the playing field as it is interwoven into the mythologies of these two cities and inextricably linked to the identity of the fans that inhabit them. Chronicling every cheer, jeer, and "1918" (the last year the Red Sox won the World Series) shouted from Fenway to the Bronx, The Yankees vs. Red Sox Reader is an absolute must for not only the fans of these storied franchises, but also anyone interested in the truly epic nature of a great sports rivalry. ... Read more

92. We Played the Game: Memories of Baseball's Greatest Era
by Brooks Robinson, Lawrence S. Ritter, Danny Peary
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Catlog: Book (2002-08-01)
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Here is a thrilling, nostalgia-filled and candid look inside the game of baseball-from the dugout to the field manager's office-by the men who made it all happen.

Covering the years from 1947 to 1964, more than sixty players-from Hall of Famers to utility players and bench-warmers-offer firsthand memories, opinions and gripes, and tell the real stories behind baseball's most colorful decades. Fans can relive all of the great moments on and off the field through the eyes of those closest to the action, including:

- Roger Maris's record sixty-first homer

- Ted Williams's final at bat (a home run)

- Eddie Waitkus being shot by a female fan (the premise for The Natural)

- Joe DiMaggio's desire to meet Marilyn Monroe-and many, many more.

From arguments with managers to encounters with groupies, from racial conflicts to salary negotiations, all of the key stories are here, including many not recorded elsewhere.

"What a joy-one of the best pure baseball books I've ever read," raved Larry King when this marvelous volume was first published in 1994. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars a must read
a must read if you are a real baseball fan, even if you only heard about most of these players from your father ...

5-0 out of 5 stars Cure for the winter blues
This is the perfect baseball book for all seasons, but especially now with the World Series over, and spring training still months away. It also seems appropriate to me that this book is set during one of the "Golden Ages" of baseball between 1947 and 1964, a time when the only stats that mattered reflected exploits on the field, rather than tallies of bank accounts off the diamond, as we have heard so much about in the past few seasons.

So sit back, curl up in front of the fire, and dip in and out of this massive volume, which is edited and organized in a way that allows just such delights. Packed with stories about the game's greats, and not-so-greats, it offers wonderful insights into how the men who delighted in playing a boy's game actually felt, thought and acted, as told in their own words. There are baseball heroics here aplenty, but also some bitter truths and some all-too human behavior that just serves to make these men all the more real, and fascinating.

Editor and author Danny Peary obviously loves the game, and isn't tainted with the sort of "celebrity awe" that characterizes so much of today's sports' coverage, and its cynical flip-side. Of course, he does pay homage to the greats of this era, but he also rekindles a thousand memories for those of us old enough to remember some of the less celebrated, but nonetheless extraordinary characters who once inhabited the game. Hopefully, younger readers will also delight in meeting these men as well, who had wondrous names such as Vic Power, Minnie Minoso and Pumpsie Green. Need I say more? ... Read more

93. Green Diamonds: The Pleasures and Profits of Investing in Minor-League Baseball (Zebra Books)
by Jay Acton, Nick Bakalar
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94. Second to Home: Ryne Sandberg Opens Up
by Ryne Sandberg, Barry Rozner
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Catlog: Book (1995-04-01)
Publisher: Bonus Books
Sales Rank: 27918
Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars The Greatest Second Baseman of All Time Has Written a ...
terrific account of his playing days. In his heydey, Ryno! was the smoothest fielding, power-hitting, speed-demon ballplayer A-Rod dreams he could become. No question, Ryno was the best ever. Now, read about what inspired him and how he went from a throw-in in the DeJesus-Bowa deal to MVP, HR Champ, and god of all infielders. When Joe Morgan rants about how good we was, I think he thinks we was Ryno!

5-0 out of 5 stars SANDBERG IS A GOD AMONG MEN!!!!!
Sandberg does a great job of telling his side of the story of the Cubs downfall. In 1988 the cubs were a force to be reckoned with and just a few short years later they were in shambles. This account of Larry Himes ruining the Cubs is very true. A terrific read. WE MISS YOU RYNO!!!!

4-0 out of 5 stars A good biography.
This bio gets right down to the heart of the person and what he had to go through. Ryno was an incredable H.S athlete. I liked the fact that he revealed the reason(s) why he retired. The only thing wrong with the book is the fact that a short time after its relese, he came back, leaving the book with an open ending so to speak. ... Read more

95. More Tales from the Dugout : More of the Greatest True Baseball Stories of All Time
by Mike Shannon
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Asin: 1932378510
Catlog: Book (2004-12-25)
Publisher: American Media International
Sales Rank: 552435
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Mike Shannon delivers a brand-new collection of true stories and never-before-told anecdotes that come straight from the insider's circle. ... Read more

96. The Summer Game (Bison Book)
by Roger Angell
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Catlog: Book (2004-03-01)
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Sales Rank: 27375
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Niiiiiice
The author is a dear friend of mine. We enjoy BBQ together.

In "The Summer Game," author David Ellis, with a little help from someone called "Robert Angels," tell a great story of baseball, love for the game, and a democratic senator who has an affair with a porn actress. When the porn actress finds out the democrat wants to kill the Governor of New Jersey at the Metrodome, Denzel Washington investigates and busts the liberal Senator.

It's clear the author loves the game of baseball, giving a stirring account of 1970s baseball like few other sportswriters can. While many half-talented hacks slave it out on the west coast, trying to relive their "glory" days of backlot baseball, Angells gives us the real deal: Writing that WORKS, insight, information, and an enjoyable reading experience.

This is no flimsy summer paperback or cheap-o grade B baseball bio. This is what baseball books are all about.

All baseball fans should read and love this book.


There are some great baseball writers. Roger Kahn and Pat Jordan come to mind. Roger Angell is the very best of them all. This book is as much a part of my youth as family vacations. I have read this book numerous times, often just picking up random pages and reading for hours until sleep overtook me. There is something about New York City, the 1950s, and the Brooklyn Dodgers that contributed to the axiom that the best sportswriting is baseball writing. Angell is it, in its purest form. Jaques Barzun, a French writer, visited America around the turn of the century to discover what de Toqueville had found some 70 years earlier. Barzun concluded that, "In order to know America, you have to know baseball." To a current generation of young baseball enthusisasts who want to grasp what an older generation felt about this game, I recommend "The Summer Game" above all others. "Five Seasons" might be next, but "The Summer Game" is the best of the lot. It carries forward from Angell's 1950s experiences, and is part of his reportage for The New Yorker. Somehow he infuses the high art literacy necessary for a publication of this sort with the most lyrical, dead-on anlaysis of baseball ever. He starts with the 1962 Mets, and covers them over several Casey Stengel Polo Grounds seasons. No description ever conveys the wackiness of those lovable losers better, or the old-style devotion of New York fans of the by-gone era. This is the Brooklyn Dodger contingent transferred to Polo and Shea. Angell covers the '67 Red Sox, the '68 World Series (McClain vs Gibson overshadowed by Lolich), the Amazin' Mets, the Bay Area in their season of two division champs (1971), and other events, always including the World Series' played between '62 and '71. His writing about Dodger Stadium and Dodger fans in 1966 demonstrates the best of the "new age" Los Angeleno baseball enthusiasts, the modernists if you will. It describes vividly how an era has turned. He paints a picture of a beautiful new stadium bathed in Califrnia sunlight that is pure romanticism. To a young California reader, as I once was, it was the most perfect imagery.


5-0 out of 5 stars Now back in print
Due to popular demand, this book is now back in print and available again. Enjoy.

5-0 out of 5 stars best-written baseball book I have yet found
Incredibly lyrical, insightful, moving and thought-provoking book, and apparently becoming a forgotten gem. Kahn and Halbertsam are popular, but they aren't even in Angell's league (only Boswell is). Part baseball chronicle, part social commentary, part comedy, part tragedy, and always full of love for the game and its fans--this one should be treasured and preserved. Even though he wrongly didn't think much of the Astrodome, I forgive him.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Poet-Lauret of baseball...
Maybe the best writer that I've ever read and not just about baseball...I must concur with the other reviewers that it's scandelous that this and other Roger Angell books are out of print, especially with all the sub-par writing that is on the market today. Mr. Angell's ability to craft details into a much larger story and tell it with humour and keen insight are amazing to me. Chapter after chapter of this book are combined into one long pleasing account from a fan's perspective that leaves you wishing that it would never end. More than just a season-by-season run-down, Angell provides his views with a unique perspective for each season that goes beyond mere sports reporting and seems to provide a theme that is clever, humerous and poignant. This should be read by every baseball fan to see what real sports-writing is like and I think that you'll agree that all other sports commentary pales by comparison. Highest recommendation. ... Read more

97. Baseball in the Lone Star State: The Texas League's Greatest Hits
by Tom Kayser, David King
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Catlog: Book (2005-02-10)
Publisher: Trinity University Press
Sales Rank: 320069
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The Texas League chronicles the nine minor league teams in Arkansas, Texas, and Oklahoma that have brought America's favorite sport to local fans for more than 100 summers. In quick, lively chapters, authors Tom Kayser and David King examine colorful Texas League favorites like the San Antonio Missions and the Midland Rock Hounds, painting an epic picture of down-home America through the lens of semi-pro baseball. The story begins with a look at how the discovery of oil in East Texas provided the funds to secure the league in its core locales. The league is then brought to life with several key profiles, including those of founder John McCloskey, managers Jake Atz and Paul LaGrave, who built the Fort Worth Cats into the league's most dominant team, and players Gene "Half-Pint" Rye, who hit two home runs in an inning for Waco, and Dave Hoskins, who integrated the league five years after Jackie Robinson integrated the majors. Also featured are dozens of archival photos dating back to the league's beginnings and an appendix of statistics. ... Read more

98. Five Seasons: A Baseball Companion
by Roger Angell
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Catlog: Book (2004-03-01)
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
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"Five Seasons" is just as good as "The Summer Game", but my personal perceptions, part of maturation, changed my perception of the book. Roger Angell's first work covered events before I was aware of them and then those that occurred in my most formative, fanatical, baseball-crazy years. "Five Seasons" describes years in which I was still a huge baseball fan (I always have been and always will be), but they are all events I witnesed. For this reason, and because as I grew older my interests - girls, cars, awareness, life - changed, so too does my impression of Angell's writing. Do not take this as any kind of put down. To a younger reader who did not witness the events in "Five Seasons", I assure you that Angell's writing can fill you with wonder as much as "The Summer Game" did for me. It has been said, and I agree here, that baseball is the preferred game of intellectuals, or at least educated people. Nobody embodies this reality better than Angell and his writings.


5-0 out of 5 stars "The Master" does it again...
Part two of Roger Angell's 15 year written love affair with baseball...this book picks up where "The Summer Game" left off and doesn't miss a beat, covering the 1972 through 1976 seasons. Each chapter has all the classic written/observed anecdotes that Angell is famous for, as well as expert detailed coverage of the game(s) and the ever-discouraging front-office activities that the 70's were famous for (the Reserve Clause, the advent of Free Agency...etc). Still, Angell's ability to write insightful and elegant observations are what make this and The Summer Game standout and really makes all other baseball writing pale by comparison. For this book, he also adds something different when he takes on small projects such as following a Major League scout around the country, visiting with three Detroit Tiger fanatics and detailing the almost tragic rise and fall of Steve Blass, the Pittsburgh Pirate hero from the 1971 World Series. Each of these off-normal stories essentially "tells" itself, but Angell frames each in his own inimitable style that really defines "story-telling". I have such high regard for his writing that I wish he'd take on other projects (like history writing in general), as I'm sure that he'd excel there too (of course, being in his 80's probably has a lot to do with which projects he chooses to undertake). I read recently that Angell hates being called the "Poet Laureat" of baseball writing, but I can't think of a finer term for so marvelous a writer. This book should be combined with "Summer Game" and re-issued as a single volume for future writers to use as a model for taking a subject and turn it into expert storytelling. Highest recommendation!

5-0 out of 5 stars Baseball fans who haven't read this book are missing out!
Roger Angell's love for the game flows throughout this fine book. Every bit of his prose is a joy to read, and the tales are enchanting. Covering five seasons, Angell brings to life the ebb and flow of the game and the people who make it great - from the players, the coaches, the management personnel and not the least, the fans.

If you want to read a book that captures what baseball means, pick up this one. You won't be disappointed!

5-0 out of 5 stars the best baseball book ever.Period.
Perhaps there is a quibble here.maybe the summer game is the finest baseball book ever written.Roger Angell is a poet[appropriate for e.b. white's stepson],and the finest chronichler of the game. he is a FAN,not a beat reporter,and is a grown up, far more interested in the beauty on the field than the foibles off.From the opening essay on the ball itself,to a wonderful essay on three detroit tiger fans,this is lovely. HOW COULD THE PUBLISHERS LET THIS GO OUT OF PRINT? With the unfettered garbage [george will's pompous assinine writings come to mind] that is baseball publishing,allowing this to languish out of print is sad, if not a crime. ... Read more

99. World Series: An Opinionated Chronicle
by Joseph E. Wallace
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Asin: 0810946394
Catlog: Book (2003-09-01)
Publisher: Harry N Abrams
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Every baseball fan has a favorite World Series memory, and this glorious celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Fall Classic is jam-packed with stories of unforgettable October moments, revealed in new and surprising ways, often in the words of those who were there watching or playing the games. What makes this book a standout-and tremendous fun-is its riveting immediacy. It is as if we were sitting in the stands at each game. The outspoken views of the author are certain to provoke the kind of heated discussions that are the lifeblood of every passionate baseball fan. (Watch the sparks fly when fans debate Wallace's choices for the 10 best Series...and the 10 worst!)

Relive the crushing 1919 Black Sox scandal, from the perspective of a disconsolate fan. Experience the frenzied excitement of Enos Slaughter's mad dash home in Game 7 of the 1946 World Series, as seen by the players involved. Listen in as Pete Hamill recalls the ecstasy of the Brooklyn Dodgers' long-awaited 1955 crown, and as Stephen King describes his own Series memories. Splendidly illustrated with thrilling action shots and Series ephemera, World Series: An Opinionated Chronicle captures the tension and catharsis, agony and joy, of events that come alive once again in this vivid retelling. ... Read more

100. The Zen of Zim
by Don Zimmer
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Catlog: Book (2005-04-05)
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks
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Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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For more than a half-century-from rookie to honored baseball legend-Don Zimmer has lived his dream. He's played for the best managers the game has ever known. He's toured every major city in America. And he's shared the field with such greats as Jackie Robinson, Pee Wee Reese, Don Drysdale, and Sandy Koufax. Scoring six World Championship rings, Zimmer has overcome more than his share of obstacles to remain loyal to himself, the game, his fans, and to fifty-years of fellow teammates, managers, and coaches by way of old-school smarts, versatility, resilience, and a true love of the sport. Now, with scrappy humor, keen insight, and an opinionated bull's-rush honesty, Zimmer delivers a grand-slam memoir of the challenges, regrets, glories, and triumphs that only a world-class act who's been-there-done-that, could tell.

* The fallout with George Steinbrenner that ended a twenty-five-year personal and
professional relationship
* His Fenway Park throw-down with Pedro Martinez that made national headlines
* His successful eight-year run as Joe Torre's right-hand man
* His lifelong friendships with his 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers team
* The effect of big-money on team solidarity
* His frank opinions of ballplayers-and the game-past and present
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5-0 out of 5 stars Stories of Half a Century
Don Zimmer has been active in professional baseball for longer than most of us have been alive. His experiences over these years form a story of how the sport has changed. It's no longer the close knit teams of friends that played ball together for years. It's changed. Now professional baseball is big money, really big money. the free agent system has turned the team into individual players each more concerned with his own contract than the team.

Don tells this story of change in a book of anecdotes, laughs, excitement and comedy. Did the sport change for the better? Well, yes and no. Like another book starts out: "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times." But with the season over, it's clearly time to do some reading. ... Read more

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