From Publishers Weekly
Whether you love baseball or don't know the infield from the outfield, this unusual memoir-told in the third person-is nevertheless riveting. Pitcher Moyer entered the record books in 2012 at age 49 as the major league's oldest pitcher to win a game. Despite myriad disappointments and nasty injuries over the course of his career, he keeps coming back-and seems only to improve with age: he won more games in his forties than twenties. His success is largely attributed to his mental discipline, a quality he learned to hone from his mentor, the late Harvey Dorfman, who validated the role of sports psychology in baseball. In many ways, Moyer's story testifies to the importance of mental discipline in baseball. The story is made lucid with the help of co-author Platt, former editor of the Philadelphia Daily News, who lived with the Moyer family during the writing process. Together, the two cover the wins and the losses, plus the development of the Moyer Foundation's Camp Erin, the largest collection of child bereavement camps in the country. This is an appealing story of a sportsman with a good heart and a strong mind.
Baseball pitcher Moyer started and won a game for the Colorado Rockies in 2012 at age 49, which made him the oldest player to do both of those things. But Moyer’s performance was not an aberration; he’d been challenging and overcoming conventional baseball wisdom for decades. He never had much velocity on his fastball, but, despite lacking most pitchers’ best tool, Moyer won 269 games in his career, thirty-fourth place on the all-time list. Remarkably, 213 of those wins came after Moyer was 33 years old. Most careers are winding down at 33; Moyer was just finding his groove. In this rich, entertaining, third-person memoir, Moyer attributes much of his success to sports psychologist Harvey Dorfman, a gruff, gravel-voiced mentor who pushed Moyer into a different, more assertive mental approach to the game. Because of both baseball’s inherent ageism and that nonexistent fastball, Moyer spent much of his career in a constant battle to prove himself. Despite his amazing success, he was never a household name in baseball, but true fans will inhale his tale of smarts and perseverance. --Wes Lukowsky