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From 33rd Street to the Camden Yards: An Oral History of the Baltimore Orioles Paperback – February 21, 2002


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (February 21, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071384251
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071384254
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #813,442 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

In this extensive book, Eisenberg (Cottonbowl Days) traces the history of the modern Orioles from 1954 to the present. He captures the team's exploits at their baseball "boot camp" in Thomasville, Ga., at stadiums all over the country and at various World Series. He sketches key figures in Oriole history like Earl Weaver, Brooks Robinson and Cal Ripken Jr., and introduces lesser-known players such as Steve Dalkowski, a phenomenal pitcher with a blazing fastball who never made it to the majors. Connie Johnson and others discuss "the color line" of the 1950s and '60s. We hear extensively from willful owner Peter Angelos, who claims he's uninvolved in the team's daily life, though some managers contend otherwise. Eisenberg introduces each topic in the book and then lets the Orioles whom he interviewed do most of the actual talking. He fills in the gaps between the quotes with narrative, but much of the book is composed of long quotations from players, managers and owners. (This style, from the school of ESPN's Sportcentury TV series and shared by Steve Delsohn's forthcoming True Blue, seems to be the trend in sports team histories recently). The many different voices and opinions are fun and lively, but certain sections run too long, with too much grinding detail. (Apr.)Forecast: The book is a must read for Oriole fans, who will eat up the firsthand accounts and Eisenberg's enthusiastic documentation of their team's history, and it will find a readership among hardcore baseball fans and history buffs. Others, however, will shrug their shoulders: the Yankees, the Orioles aren't.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Library Journal

Eisenberg is an award-winning columnist for the Baltimore Sun whose previous sports books include Cotton Days and the Cowboys in the 60s. This book resembles the popular team histories compiled by Peter Golenbock (e.g., Spirit of St. Louis, Avon, 2000). The Orioles have had some legendary teams and players (including Brooks and Frank Robinson, Earl Weaver, Jim Palmer, and Cal Ripken Jr.). This highly readable and anecdotal volume will circulate well, especially in the Middle Atlantic States.
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

John Eisenberg grew up with books in his hands - his first summer job was at his mother's bookstore in his hometown of Dallas, Texas. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, he wrote for newspapers for almost three decades, mostly as a sports columnist at The Baltimore Sun covering major events such as the Super Bowl, Final Four, World Series, Kentucky Derby, and soccer's World Cup while also paying attention to his hometown teams - the Baltimore Ravens, Baltimore Orioles, and Maryland Terrapins. Along the way he wrote 3,000 columns and won more than 20 awards, including several first-places in the prestigious Associated Press Sports Editors contest.

He also has written for Sports Illustrated, Smithsonian Magazine, and Details, and before working in Baltimore. spent five years with the Dallas Times Herald.

No matter if he is writing about a famous football coach, a heartbroken jockey, or a pitcher who wins 20 games, John is known for unearthing original stories and bringing them to life with his clear-eyed analysis and lively narrative style. His book topics have included the start of Vince Lombardi's dynasty in Green Bay, the history of the Baltimore Orioles, his experience as a young fan of the Dallas Cowboys in the 1960s, the tragic breakdown of the horse Barbaro, and an outrageous North-South horse race that captivated the nation in 1823.

John lives in Baltimore, Maryland.


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Very good oral history of the Orioles.
voracious reader
Just about the best book ever written on the Baltimore Orioles baseball franchise.
William G. Straub
This is a good read if you are a baseball fan.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "mvock" on May 28, 2001
Format: Hardcover
John Eisenberg let it be known that a real history of the Orioles could not be related in one volume, even at five hundred pages. But, considering that most folks wouldn't read (much less buy) a ten volume set, Eisenberg has offered a terrific alternative. This truly is an oral history. Eisenberg guides us through the history of one of the winningest franchises in baseball history without getting in the way of the story. Virtually every key figure from the Orioles' past is represented here. You'll enjoy hearing from not only the Robinsons (Brooks and Frank), but also from players whose names you have probably forgotten, like Tom Phoebus and Joe Durham. Even Eddie Murray adds his memories to Eisenberg's story. It appears that the players, managers, and others who made their living from baseball, want to be sure to get their two cents into the Orioles' only true book of record. Is anyone missing? One does wonder how a history of Baltimore baseball could be complete without a word from or about Hall of Fame broadcaster Chuck Thompson. He appears to be the only missing link in a comprehensive look back at Baltimore's baseball heritage.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By nobizinfla on July 16, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This is a good read if you are a baseball fan. It becomes a very good read if one is a Baltimore Oriole fan. And, if one is an Oriole fan old enough to remember the early days it is simply excellent.
The oral history told by those who made that history is just wonderful. Mr. Eisenberg has captured some great stories as the history of a once great franchise unfolds.
The memories are spectacular as we hear from the franchise superstars and the lesser known role players over 46 years. This is story telling at its best. One is reminded of so many players that were part of O's story...and they truly come to life.
The human side comes out as well and we are reminded of just how great a franchise it was and how it got that way. It should be required reading for every member of the current Oriole organization...they could learn something.
I too was amazed that Chuck Thomson and Jon Miller were not interviewed and that Bill O'Donnell not mentioned...they were the voices that we all knew.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Shorty on June 9, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I received this book as a birthday present and from the first few glances, I was intrigued. I have read many Oriole books in the past, but none that really told me what had happened. You see, I am 27 now and the first thing I can remember is winning the world series in 1983. So, there is about 300 pages of stories and information that are totally new to me. From the standpoint of a fan who wants to learn more about how the Orioles became what they are in Baltimore this was a very interesting book.
John Eisenberg gives a list of the players he interviewed and a short two lines about them. This was extremely useful to me and I refered back to it often. As the previous reviewer said, I was surprised that Chuck Thompson and also John Miller were not included in the interviewed group, but I'm sure Eisenberg couldn't interview everyone.
From an Oriole's fan perspective, this was an interesting book to read, to learn about how the team got to Baltimore and the different phases of development to the present team. If these things don't interest you then definately skip this book. But I found it to be quite interesting and truly enhanced by the short blurbs from the people who Eisenberg interviewed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B. I. Silverman on May 5, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I'm a huge baseball fan and a bigger Orioles fan, but for years I've stayed away from reading books about the game. I'm not sure why, but I could just never bring myself to read tales of yesteryear strained through rose-colored glasses. So it was with great joy that I tore through John Eisenberg's book.
Most "oral histories" tend to be rather boring and well, talky, usually filled with a lot of "me, me, me." Perhaps it speaks to the true nature of what the Orioles organization used to be that the men interviewed tend to sound honest, intelligent and even modest at times.
This is really a fun book - one filled with funny, sad and insightful tales of a different era of baseball. Unfortunately, some players where no longer around to be interviewed (I would have loved to hear what Mark Belanger had to say) and others, it seems, refused to talk (who wouldn't want to hear Reggie Jackson talk about his one season in Baltimore!?).
If you're an Orioles fan, you really can't go wrong with this book. And if you're a baseball fan, I urge to pick this up because you'll begin to understand just what the Birds have meant for Baltimore and for baseball in general.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Randall Bounds, Cpam on June 23, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This is a great history lesson of the Baltimore Orioles that was easier than I accepted to read. The book is more from the prospective of the past players, coaches & owners than from the author and gives a "real" look into the times of the Orioles beginning after the move from St. Louis, to the glory days of the 60's & 70's to the downward spirial of the late 80's and thru the up's and downs of the 90's. Also, the author gives us how the "Oriole Way" was developed. Awesome detail and some funny passages. I would recommend, even to the non-Oriole fan such as myself.
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