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"I highly recommend it. . . . His life story has been beautifully sculpted by Curt Smith in Pull Up a Chair. It makes for great summer reading."—politicalmavens.com
(politicalmavens.com 2009-06-03)

“Smith…makes the perfect Scully biographer. . . . Longtime baseball fans will savor this one as they would a fine brandy. . . . Baseball used to bring out the best in those who wrote and spoke about it; Scully and Smith remind us that, in some cases, it still does.”—Booklist
(Booklist 2009-06-12)

"A great new book . . . about the life and times of Dodgers announcer Vin Scully. Author Curt Smith captures . . . the great things about this very popular man and why he has lasted so long in one job, which is basically unheard of in the media world.”—San Francisco Examiner
(San Francisco Examiner 2009-06-25)

"[A] wonderful tribute. . . . Pull Up a Chair is a wonderful read and a fitting tribute to an 81-year-old broadcaster who hasn't lost anything off his fastball."—scottpitoniak.blogspot.com
(scottpitoniak.blogspot.com 2009-06-25)

"Smith has as much a mastery of the English language as Scully."—DemocratChronicle.com
(DemocratChronicle.com 2009-06-25)

"No one can truly capture Scully's use of English and sense of history in a book. Smith does as well as possible by not only telling the Scully story, but also spicing the narrative with play-by-play script."—USA Today
(USA Today 2009-06-26) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Curt Smith is "the Voice of authority on baseball broadcasting" (USA Today). He is the author of fourteen books, including the classic Voices of the Game, Voices of Summer, and, most recently, the best-selling Pull Up a Chair. Smith is a columnist for GateHouse Media, the host of Perspectives for National Public Radio’s Rochester affiliate, and senior lecturer of English at the University of Rochester. Says Bob Costas of the former presidential speechwriter, "Curt Smith stands up for the beauty of words."
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Potomac Books; 1st edition (May 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1597974242
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597974240
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #783,311 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Vince Scully the legendary Hall Of Fame announcer for the Brooklyn and now Los Angeles Dodgers... is nearing his sixtieth complete year of broadcasting. I happen to have been blessed to listen to Vinnie as a young boy in New York... and then miraculously... our family moved to Los Angeles the same exact year as the Dodgers... so I have never missed a single year of Vinnie's poetic... magical... announcing of our families beloved Dodgers from the time I was old enough to know the difference between a ball and a strike... till today... when as a Grandfather I listen to Vinnie with my grandchild. This is a book that is long over do... but unfortunately... I'm sad to say it is disappointing for a number of reasons.

Since Vinnie did not participate in the development of this book the author depends entirely on historical quotes... and on countless occasions many sentences and paragraphs include numerous quotes from multiple individuals... and many times the same section has more than one quote from the same individual... IN NO LOGICAL SEQUENCE... and the reader becomes dumbfounded as to which quotes came from which individuals. At times such as these the flow of the story comes to a standstill as the reader literally scratches his head and tries to figure out who said what.

There are also numerous typos and/or sentences that just don't make sense. Such as page forty-eight when the author writes: "IT WOULDN'T HAVE GONE THROUGH THE (BROOKLYN) FENCE." "MUSED CAMPANELLA. MIGHT HAVE GONE THROUGH IT, THOUGH." Huh?? Or on page ninety-nine "THE KID YOU'D LIKE TO SEE RINGING YOUR DOORBELL WHEN YOU DAUGHTER STARTS DATING." There are also important historical mistakes such as the stating that in 1966 Koufax won his third straight Cy Young award. That is incorrect.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Joe Consolino on September 11, 2009
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Love Vin Scully, and was looking forward to learning more about him and some behind the scenes stories. So there was an excellent chance I was going to like this book.

Unfortunately, it was one of the most disappointing books I can remember reading. It is only the 3rd book in my life that I returned to the store; the writing was that poor; the information that uninteresting. Very little insight into Vin; very little if any time was spent by the author with Vin. The writing was amateurish (and as you can tell, I am certainly not a great writer, so for me to think "amateurish", well...). The story bounced all over the map - - I had no clue where the next paragraph was going to go because it was often unrelated to the paragraph before. Incomplete sentences and incomplete thoughts abound in this book.

I have since found out that Mr. Scully did not authorize this book, nor did he have much participation in the book. But then, that was obvious to anyone reading the book.

I rarely review items, but again, this one was so bad and disappointing and such a waste of time, I felt I should share.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By James Mushener on May 22, 2009
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As a previous reviewer said, the book came out too quickly. Throughout the book, quotes just appear, without it being clear who said them. Sentences come from nowhere (seemingly misplaced from other chapters where they belong). A very difficult read. Not the quality that Vin Scully deserves, that's for sure.
Hold off on buying this until the problems are corrected.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By K Mallaber on June 7, 2009
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Vin Scully is one of my all-time favorite sports announcers but this book is awful. It seems that Mr. Smith has a list of words that he must use up before the book is finished. His sentences run on and make little sense. One should be able to follow a sentence from beginning to end without going back to the beginning. A waste of money. (Please someone write a real biography of Vin Scully!!)
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By J. Bird on January 21, 2010
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I grew up listening to Vin Scully and this book is total disappointment. I cannot believe that this got published. It is the most choppy, incoherent book I have ever tried to read. Smith interjects words and sayings out of context that leave you stumped and bewildered. After the first 3 chapters I was going to throw it away but tried again to read. Alas, half way through I couldn't take it anymore and I threw it out the window. Terrible writing style. Hopefully Vin Scully will collaborate with another author to tell his magnificent story.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mark T. Felderman on March 9, 2010
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I am a former baseball coach, a life-long baseball fan and an avid reader, but reading this book was certainly a chore. Not because the subject (Vin Scully) was dull but Curt Smith tried to be so cute in his descriptions that even a seasoned baseball fan has to read and reread each paragraph to figure out where it is going. Here is an example from page 168: "On August 9 the Peacocks aired Wrigley Field's night inaugural. The Confines were rarely friendlier: Cubs, 6-4. L.A. finished 1-10 in the regular season against New York. The LCS became an antigen: ex-Brooks in seven. On October 15 a Series suggestive of 14 years earlier opened vs. Oakland at Dodger Stadium. Happily, network voices were as far from 1974's as Mary Martin from Madonna. Joining Vin was CBS Radio's Buck." The book's beginning is more straight forward, but the farther one reads in the book the more it is written in code.
Vin Scully's story deserves a better tell than this one. It is a very slow read. The editor's let this one go by without a good proofread.
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