"Piazza applies the single-minded drive he showed at the plate to making the case for his legacy. . . . [He] is forthright and often quite funny. . . . Mets fans will find insights, if not solace, in Piazza's account of the team's woes." (Ada Calhoun The New York Times Book Review
"Mr. Piazza has had one of the stranger and more inspiring careers in baseball history. . . . [Long Shot
] explain[s] how this non-prospect blossomed into a legendary hitter." (Tim Marchman The Wall Street Journal
"Beloved Mets catcher Mike Piazza comes out swinging in a new memoir—confronting rumors about being gay and taking steroids, detailing his romantic home runs and finally setting the score with his hated rival, Roger Clemens." (Michael Gartland and Cynthia R. Fagen The New York Post
About the Author
Mike Piazza grew up in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, and was chosen by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the sixty-second round of the 1988 Major League Baseball amateur draft. He was National League Rookie of the Year in 1993 and was a twelve-time All-Star selection. He holds the record for most home runs by a catcher (396) and held the record for highest batting average in a season by a catcher (.362) until it was recently broken. He lives with his family in Miami Beach, Florida.
Lonnie Wheeler’s numerous books include collaborations on the autobiographies of Hank Aaron (I Had a Hammer
), Bob Gibson (Stranger to the Game
), Mike Piazza (Long Shot
), a baseball dialogue between Gibson and Reggie Jackson (Sixty Feet, Six Inches
), and reflections on a summer at Wrigley Field (Bleachers
). He lives in New Richmond, Ohio.