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


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Jove Books; 1st edition (April 1, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0515090298
  • ISBN-13: 978-0515090291
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #389,229 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm not going to gush over purchasing a book.
Dan Whittecar
If you only read one baseball book before you die, this must be the one.
Daniel Limbach
This book was really funny and reads like standup comedy.
Miles Daly

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 22, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Althought it has been many years since I read it, this book recounts the career of Bob Uecker. From his struggles in the minor leagues to his appearance in "The Show", it's an insider's look at the game from a practical joker's point of view. Uecker's tongue-in-cheek style of self-effacing humor is hillarious. The book is filled with accounts of his friendships with many hall of fame players and the the antics they came up with to pass the time. Be warned, however...Uecker himself says the book is full of half-truths, and outright lies...but only the true baseball fan will know which is which! An outstanding effort!
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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 8 people found the following review helpful By N. Sausser on August 3, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By T. Thompson on December 8, 2003
Format: Hardcover
From my childhood, I recall seeing Bob Uecker all time on those Miller Lite commercials. And I continue to quote his, "I must be in the front row..." to this day.
Anyone who knows anything about Uke, knows he is a very humorous indvidual. He also had an interesting career as a back up catcher for the Braves, Phillies and Cards.
This book details Uecker's years in the minors, majors and after baseball.
His sense of humor is apparent throughout this one. There were many out loud laughs and chuckles in this book.
If you love baseball and need a laugh, read Catcher in the Wry. Bob Uecker, the master of mediocrity, really shines in this one!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By JMack VINE VOICE on October 7, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Bob Uecker was not a great baseball player, but he is an entertaining man. Still doing play by play for his hometown Brewers, Uecker is still a recognizable member of the baseball landscape. He is recognizable for his sense of self-deprecating humor, not his baseball talent.

From growing up in Milwaukee to breaking-in with his hometown team on the field than in the booth, Uecker collected some entertaining stories until this book's publication in 1983. The stories of the guy who makes it big are quite common. But this book is great not because Uecker became a great ball player, but because he adapted to the chances life gave him. His talent wasn't playing baseball, it was his wit and understanding of the game.

Rather that recount each of the humorous stories Uecker told, I would encourage baseball fans to give this book a look. I only hope Uecker updates his book in the future with more entertaining tales.
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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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