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Nice Guys Finish Last Paperback – September 8, 2009
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About the Author
Leo Durocher (1905–91) spent nearly fifty years in the major leagues as a player and manager. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1994. Ed Linn (1922–2000) was the author of seventeen books, including Veeck--As in Wreck.
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Top Customer Reviews
Leo Durocher began his career riding the bench in the shadow of Babe Ruth, and ended it as the manager of the glorious 1973 Houston Astros, led by their star outfielder Cesar Cedeno (and we all know what happened to him...). In between such humble beginnings and endings, however, Durocher was there for just about every pivotal moment in baseball history. Rest assured he has opinions on all of them. And he wants to set the record straight.
"Nice Guys Finish Last" is densely packed, full of satisfying venom, and leaves no stone -- or vendetta -- unturned. Whether or not the reader believes all of what Leo is saying is less important than the fact that this is a must read for anyone interested in baseball's previous generations.
They don't make managers like Durocher anymore, and, sad to say, there will be very few baseball autobiographies quite like this in the years to come.
But the Kindle version is festoonated wit mAny Typos of a11 kindz. Amusing, at first, then annoying. Nobody looked at the text after the printed pages were scanned. After 50-60 pages, I started reporting typos to Amazon, but I quit when it became apparent that if I took the time to report every one of them I might never finish reading the book. But... for an inside look at baseball the way it was when most players earned $30K or less, this book is for you.
My only critique is the last couple of chapters devolve into the rantings of any old person crying about how things used to be so much better back in his day. He complains about overpaid athletes, poor umpiring, Marvin Miller, etc. I felt like the only thing that had to be added in was him yelling at kids to get off his lawn.
However, regardless of that critique, the first 400 or so odd pages of the book are great. I recommend this highly.
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I really enjoyed this book. An era just before my time and I learned a lot my favorite sport.Published 2 months ago by RadioRob
I read this book almost every summer.
The use of language is extraordinary for a sports book. Some of it is a bit dated, but all the more charming because of it. Read more
Excellent old school baseball book. Leo Durocher played with Babe Ruth and managed Jackie Robinson and Willie Mays. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Sudsmeister
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It started out a bit slow but then got totally enthralling. His memory for detail is extraordinary. Certainly stood up for his players.Published on May 29, 2014 by C M.