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Moments in the Sun: Baseball's Briefly Famous [Paperback]

Mark McGuire , Michael Sean Gormley
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Two New York journalists and sports fans (McGuire is not the Mark McGwire) offer an entertaining series of profiles of baseball players who experienced isolated moments of fame--sometimes one or two superlative seasons, occasionally just a single game. Among the subjects are no-hit pitcher and legendary playboy Bo Belinsky, from the early 1960s; Mark "The Bird" Fidrych, the Detroit Tiger pitcher who filled stadiums in the mid-1970s but succumbed quickly to arm trouble; and Joe Charboneau, who pounded his way through the American League as a rookie in 1980 but lost his batting eye and disappeared into the minors forever in 1981. They also interview Joe Baumann, who hit 72 home runs in a season . . . for the Roswell Rockets in the Class C minors in 1954 yet never played a game in the majors. Fans will enjoy remembering these briefly famous names and will also come away with a real sense of a baseball career's fragility. Today's phenoms should take note. Wes Lukowsky


"a look back at some of the game's one-shot wonders" -- USA Today Baseball Weekly

"highly recommended and informative" -- Wisconsin Bookwatch

About the Author

Award winning journalist Mark McGuire, a member of SABR, has written for Baseball Digest, Baseball America and USA Today Baseball Weekly. He is the television and radio reporter for the Times Union in Albany, New York, and lives in nearby Delmar. SABR member Michael Sean Gormley, a writer for the Associated Press in Albany, New York, has received over 30 newspaper awards, including a share in the 1992 Associated Press Sports Editors Award. He lives in Schenectady, New York.
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