Kindle Price: $7.95

These promotions will be applied to this item:

Some promotions may be combined; others are not eligible to be combined with other offers. For details, please see the Terms & Conditions associated with these promotions.

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Flip to back Flip to front
Audible Narration Playing... Paused   You are listening to a sample of the Audible narration for this Kindle book.
Learn more

Get the Free Kindle App

Enter email or phone number to get a link

Processing your request...

Bleachers In the Bedroom: the Swampoodle Irish and Connie Mack Kindle Edition

23 customer reviews

See all 2 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
$7.95

Length: 211 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

Best Books of the Month
Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.

Product Details

  • File Size: 917 KB
  • Print Length: 211 pages
  • Publisher: Zip Publishing/The Educational Publisher (June 19, 2012)
  • Publication Date: June 19, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008D52X9K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray:
  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #814,329 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
  •  Would you like to give feedback on images?


More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bob Holbrook on September 12, 2012
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
The book, "Bleachers In The Bedroom: The Swamppoodle Irish And Connie Mack" is a walk down memory lane for me. John Rooney took me back to my beginnings and reminded me of those very different days not so long ago. His dealings with The Maverick Priest and the Fire Breathing Nun brought shivers to my spine as I recalled a good paddling that I received from a relative of that Nun for talking while in line for confession.

His time was an age of innocence as he recounted the movies that he cherished and the Phillies that he worshiped. A game of Post Office that is still remembered to this day must strike a cord in our collective memories as much as a Tootsie Frootsie ice cream at the ballpark. His adventures at the Automat at Horn and Hardart's, the Five and Dime and of course the Senior Prom are delightful adventures recounted in loving detail.

I would like to go back to the time that John Rooney remembers and slick my hair with Brylcream, a little dab will do ya, and climb the ladder in the bedroom to an experience that we will never have. Take a moment to revisit a simpler time when kids played stickball between the cars, and Mom and Dad ate dinner every night with the family and everything always turned out all right. You will enjoy the experience.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John Tonrey on July 23, 2012
Format: Paperback
In "Bleachers in the Bedroom", Dr. Rooney takes us not only back in time to a wonderful life of growing up across the street from legends and history, but he also points out life's hard-fought eternal lessons that are applicable even to today's most tech-savvy Twitterite.

This former WW II Navy Pilot and undefeated boxer (wait until you read that chapter) is the kindest of souls, and from the beginning chapters as the 5 year old narrator "Jackie", thru his wise Irish eyes of today, Jack tells a page-turner story that runs down the back streets of Philadelphia and sails into the halls of Cooperstown.

Legendary baseball heroes like Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig float past Jack's house on 20th Street, at least from Jack's viewpoint standing on the bleachers on top of his house! The paying customers that climb a sturdy ladder in Jack's parent's living room to get to the rooftop to watch the game, put a smile on the young entrepreneur's face and shiny dimes in his pockets.

Jack's buddies Dutchie, Moonie and Geggie, and likeable girls Mary, Ginger and Marguerite, get into all types of mischief that encapsulates the 1930's "Our Gang" genre and resonates still with our families of today.

Classic red, white and blue Americana, "Bleachers in the Bedroom" is an unforgettable read...
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jack S. on August 20, 2012
Format: Paperback
For the first time in fifteen years, the 1929 Philadelphia Athletics are in the World Series, and seven year old Jackie Rooney can be seen hawking lemonade to baseball fans perched on bleachers . . .in the front bedroom and on the roof of his parents' row home. The Rooney house was situated across the street from the right field wall of Shibe Park, home to Connie Mack's A's, and offered better than bird's eye views of one of the greatest baseball teams ever assembled: future hall of famers Jimmie Foxx, Eddie Collins, Mickey Cochrane, Lefty Grove, and Chief Bender--as well as my father's favorite, Jimmy Dykes.
Jack Rooney's memoir takes readers not only through an abbreviated account of the A's series wins in '29 and '30, and their upset by the St. Louis Cardinals in 1931, but offers vivid depictions of city life during the Great Depression. Much more than one more book about baseball, Rooney's provides a nostalgic portrait of growing up in a loving family during hard times. While as parochial as the parish school he and his brother attend, Rooney's anecdotes succeed in universalizing his personal experiences, transforming his Swampoodle playground into a symbolic microcosm of American life, a carefully cropped snapshot of the way . . .we used to be.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bert Charles Johnston on September 12, 2012
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
As a former Philadelphian that grew up in the Kingsessing section of the city. I could relate to many of John Rooney's experiences! I grew up in the 50s and we still played the same games and did the same things. It was an adventure for us in the Southwest section of the city to hop on a trolley to city hall and then take the Subway to Lehigh avenue and walk the 6 blocks to Connie Mack stadium as it was named by then (and without any parents) We were only 11 & 12 years old at the time! The one thing we always talked about was how great it would be to live on 20th street, right across the from Connie Mack. John Rooney answered that question that many of us had back in the day. It was a terrific read that brought back many memories that were very simular to Mr Rooneys! I read the book in one read (it was hard to put down!) My only criticism is that I wish the book would of had photos of 20th street, Summerset street, Shibe Park / Connie Mack Stadium, etc! I highly recommend this book!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Margaret D. Watson on August 11, 2012
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
What a delightful view of life in a unique part of Philadelphia set in a much more innocent and delightful time. I could easily see young Jack walking through all of these amazing stories, learning how to live and how to fly. I can also see the future Dr. Jack Rooney hidden in these stories, and laughed out loud at many of his early exploits. Who would have thought this young boy who was so unaware of the outer world would grow up to be such a hero to so many students and colleagues, or that he would bring so many of us into the enriching world of academia and service to others. I am so honored to know him, and to read such amazing stories about this side of him that I NEVER expected was there.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Most Recent Customer Reviews


Forums

There are no discussions about this product yet.
Be the first to discuss this product with the community.
Start a new discussion
Topic:
First post:
Prompts for sign-in