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Root for the Home Team: Minor League Baseball's Most Off-the-Wall Team Names and the Stories Behind Them Paperback – May 8, 2012

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"Root for the Home Team: Minor League Baseball's Most Off-the-Wall Team Names and the Stories Behind Them is a gem of a book that will make you love baseball more than you already do."
--Dirk Hayhurst Major League pitcher and New York Times bestselling author

About the Author

Tim Hagerty is a radio broadcaster with the Triple-A Tucson Padres in Tucson, Arizona. He has also broadcasted games for the Idaho Falls Chukars, Mobile BayBears and Portland Beavers. Hagerty grew up in Canton, Massachusetts, a short distance from Fenway Park in Boston. Hagerty’s sports broadcasting work has received regional and national Edward R. Murrow Awards. He has been honored by the Society of Professional Journalists, Vermont Associated Press, Idaho State Broadcasters Association and Alabama Associated Press. This is his first book. Hagerty will tour various locations during the 2012 Minor League season promoting this title. Other media coverage of this book includes NPR, local news in team hometowns, and a New York Times feature by Joe LaPointe upon publication.
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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Cider Mill Press; Original edition (May 8, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1604332093
  • ISBN-13: 978-1604332094
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.4 x 6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,109,837 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book was a lot of fun to read and the author did a great job researching the little known facts for each team!
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I bought this book for my husband who is a baseball fact addict. He loved the book. He isn't a big reader, but he finished this one in a very short time and now quotes from it!!! You can't appreciate a book more than that.
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By Patrick on September 14, 2012
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Great stories of your favorite local farm teams! A must have for every baseball fan! You can tell the author is passionate about the sport in the little details and research done.
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There is gold to be mined on every page of Tim Hagerty's "Root for the Home Team," which details the reasoning behind the most unusual (in some cases, ridiculous) names in Minor League Baseball's history. The book is organized by state, which puts the Mobile (AL) Oyster Grabbers in the leadoff spot and sets the tone perfectly. Included with each team profile is an additional bit of awesome information; with Mobile, for example, Hagerty tells the story of a 1910 game that lasted only 32 minutes, with each batter agreeing to swing at the first pitch. Further in, you'll meet the Ilion Typewriters, Poughkeepsie Honey Buns, and the intimidating Suffolk Goobers. This is a sensational collection compiled through outstanding research and a firm sense of the true heart of the national pastime.
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By G. Keener on June 29, 2012
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I love minor league baseball, so I had to grab this book. It's lots of fun, perfect for flipping through while watching a game. You get a little bit more than a baseball card's worth of info for each team, with some great trivia. How can you not love a book that gives you the history of the Kalamazoo Celery Pickers?
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I just read Root for the Home Team: Minor League Baseball's Most Off-the-Wall Team Names and the Stories Behind Them and thought I would put in a plug for it. It's short (about 100 pages) but features minor league teams from 49 states and Canada. The teams in the book span from the late 1800's to today, and the introduction paints the story of a modern resurgence of goofy team names after a couple decades of largely bland ones. Root for the Home Team is a tour through a small-town America, as the teams themselves take on the character of local industry and history (Casketmakers, Osteopaths, Typewriters) and just plain quirkiness (Perfect Gentlemen). I read through it pretty quickly but it's a great random flip through / bathroom book.
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Good book with great info about some obscure minor league teams. It is a pretty small book -- only slightly larger than index card sized -- but I suppose that makes it easy to read in "the office" or to leave in your car's glove-box and read a few pages whenever you get stuck in traffic. Come to think of it...you could easily slip it in your pocket and then read in the bathroom at work while not looking obvious that you are planning to be on the throne for a little while (contrast to those obvious people who enter the stall with the Wall Street Journal tucked under their arm).
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