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Catcher In The Wry: Outrageous but True Stories of Baseball Mass Market Paperback – April 1, 1989

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Jove Books; 1st edition (October 15, 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0515090298
  • ISBN-13: 978-0515090291
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #343,976 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 28, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I picked this book up at a little old bookshop and I couldn't stop laughing. Bob's humor is great and any baseball fan will and should enjoy this book!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By N. Sausser on August 3, 2005
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I recently heard Bob Uecker speak with Vin Scully in the booth during a ball game. He told his signing bonus story and I determined then and there to find out if he'd written a book and if so, to read it. I'm very glad I did. I don't think I've ever had so much fun just reading a book. Uecker talks about his life in baseball and broadcasting. Pictures are included. You don't want to read this book when you are alone. You are going to need another person close by to whom you can read passages aloud. A book for sharing.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Limbach on November 20, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
If you only read one baseball book before you die, this must be the one. You'll pass on with a huge grin on your face.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Scott Walker on August 31, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Hilarious. Uecker the practical joker. Even non-baseball fanatics will enjoy this book. I don't think his on the field antics would be tolerated today. Granted, many of the actions by him and his teammates were over the top, but maybe we need a little more of that individuality in baseball today. (That does not include steroids. Hank Aaron was not a large man by any means.) Along with the spirit they had, with less emphasis on how many millions I need, maybe I would have a different outlook on what the game has become.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Miles Daly on September 29, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Hilarious, wild and wooly tales from the great Bob Uecker. This book was really funny and reads like standup comedy. "Sporting goods companies started paying me NOT to use their products."

Uke's yarn-spinning machine is at full tilt; as he touches on the antics of teammates, managers, coaches, front office, broadcast partners, and most of all HIMSELF. Great stuff! Even the photo section is funny. This man needs to write more books.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Classy Grandma on July 27, 2010
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This book gives insights into Uecker, the ballplayer. You have to enjoy his humor and laughing at himself. Most of the fans will remember him as Mr. Baseball, the announcer but this gives some background.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joeyjr on September 22, 2011
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Bought this book on a tip from some friends who said it was funny and boy were they right. Classic ucker
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This is hands down, the funniest book I have ever read. Not just baseball books, mind you, but any book. I first bought this book when I was still in high school in the '80s, and probably too naïve to truly appreciate the humor at that time, but having read and reread the book many times since then, I can state that there are many, many times when I laughed out loud while enjoying it.

This was written before Bob Uecker was in the "Major League" movies and even before his stint on the TV show "Mr. Belvedere". I can remember watching Johnny Carson and hoping each night that Uecker would be one of the guests. The times when he was on were always entertaining with his self-deprecating humor and ability to laugh at himself.

I always got the feeling that Uecker was a standup comic in his heart, and baseball was just something he also did. Granted, he didn't do it very well, but he got to do it for several years in MLB and who amongst us wouldn't give everything we owned for that chance?

I only wish Bob would write a sequel or at the very least, see that this book is reissued for today's fans.
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