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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; 1 edition (April 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446555258
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446555258
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #548,386 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Honest, accomplished, and revered on and off the field, White, who played first base for the Giants, Cardinals, and Phillies, tells the story of his rise in baseball—how he weathered the racist catcalls from the stands and inferior accommodations, considering it all a necessary evil at minor league ballparks in his preparation for the big leagues during the Jim Crow era. Old pros Monte Irvin and Willie Mays, who wrote the appreciative foreword, shepherded him through the rough times, along with the "tough love" shown by New York Giants manager Leo Durocher transforming White into an All-Star first baseman. Upon concluding his stellar career on first base with the St. Louis Cardinals and Philadelphia Phillies in 1969, he joined the colorful Phil Rizzuto in the broadcast booth to call New York Yankees games. His on-target comments about baseball's front office are grounded in the petty skirmishes and grand accomplishments of his five-year stint as president of the National League from 1989 to 1994. Sometimes brutally frank, White dishes the dirt on almost all of the leading baseball and broadcasting names in a truly controversial baseball memoir that will not be easily forgotten. (Apr.)
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Sometimes brutally frank, White dishes the dirt on almost all of the leading baseball and broadcasting names in a truly controversial baseball memoir that will not be easily forgotten.
Publishers Weekly


A baseball memoir that pulls no punches as it settles scores and attempts to set the record straight.—Kirkus Reviews
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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An excellent book for any baseball fan.
Pennsylvania Reader
Not another baseball biography because Bill White served several functions, as a good ball player, an excellent sportscaster and President of the National League.
James Demetrios
More importantly the book is a picture of racial discrimination in this country.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Thornton Geary on March 26, 2011
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If you enjoyed listening to Bill White broadcast Yankee baseball you will want to read this book. If you are a baseball fan (or, for that matter, a follower of any sport) & want to get a better perspective on what life was like trying to break into the "big leagues" in the fifties & deal with the biases he faced... from the fans, other players as well as management you will love this book.

White, respected both as a unbiased broadcaster as well as a man with strong opinions, tells the story of his life & his story parallels many of the major changes in that occurred in American society in the 1950's & 1960's. When he left college to play minor league baseball in the south, blacks could not eat in restaurants, ride in the front of a bus nor attend schools with whites. Bill White gives the reader an idea of what life was like for him. It makes you realize that whatever he faced, blacks that lived in the south went through this everyday with little hope for improvement. He talks about how sports helped change our society and he was pleased to be a small part of some of these changes.

His stories on working for the Yankees as a broadcast partner of Phil Rizzuto brings some humor into the book and
the reader sees that Bill White does have a great sense of humor to go with his integrity. He discusses his role as National
League President and provides some insight into the inner workings of baseball. It is interesting to hear his thoughts and opinions on issues that arose and how his opinions sometimes differed with the majority opinion that we read about in the paper or saw on television.

This book is an easy read because White tells a story that, as Howard Cosell used to say "tells it like it is". It flows and
seems to be written from the heart.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Pennsylvania Reader on March 26, 2011
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I purchased this book because as a Cardinal fan I always liked Bill White and thought he was also a classy president of the N.L. In addition I have a baseball library with over 1200 books. I knew I would enjoy it for these reasons, but this book exceeded expectations. It is well written and tells of the many phases of a very interesting life in baseball from behind the scenes. From his almost accidental entry into the minor leagues, to his 13 years as a player, 18 years as a broadcaster, 5 years as league president, White appears much as I thought. A man of intellect,decency and class. It is very enlightening as to the inner workings in baseball. An excellent book for any baseball fan.
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Bill Emblom on March 29, 2011
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Author Bill White has played several roles in the game of baseball during his lifetime. He relates several disgusting experiences during his minor league days in the Carolina League. Here he was a highly educated person being heckled with vulgarities by slovenly individuals who spoke and acted as though they were 4th grade dropouts. Such people are to be pitied. It's true the mind of a bigot is like the pupil of the eye. The more light you throw upon it the more it will contract.

Bill White is one of the few individuals who hit a home run his first time at bat with the San Francisco Giants. His mentor was none other than Willie Mays. His career took off following a trade to the St. Louis Cardinals with the 1964 Cardinals infield of Ken Boyer, Dick Groat, Julian Javier, and Bill White being the starting infield in that year's All-Star game. I can still hear Cardinals' announcer Harry Caray announcing a double play with, "From Groat to Javier to White." Bill White relates his experiences in being accepted in his St. Louis neighborhood and his relationship with general manager Bing Devine and managers Solly Hemus and Johnny Keane. Neither Curt Flood nor Bob Gibson got along well with Hemus, but White didn't have any trouble. I well remember listening to the Cardinals' drive to the 1964 pennant with Harry Caray and Jack Buck bringing the action on KMOX radio. The firing of Bing Devine and hiring of Bob Howsam, along with the resignation of Johnny Keane following the Cardinals' World Series triumph are all covered.

A trade to the Philadelphia Phillies following the 1965 season uprooted White from St. Louis, but he found the City of Brotherly Love to be a positive experience for him and his family. When Bing Devine was rehired at St.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bucky on April 5, 2011
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"Uppity" is a nostalgic read that takes us back through Bill White's entertaining personal stories about him and his association with baseball players and management. It also documents his experiences in dealing with the overt racial prejudice he faced as a young player. Later he discusses the subtle and institutional mind set of MLB owners and upper management that minorities are not suited for performing at the executive level.

Bill's caring, honest, no nonsense personality is evident in his humorous and poignant recollection of interactions with a host of famous people that anyone interested in sports will remember.

I highly recommend this book. It is a well written, thought provoking, page turner that I read over a weekend. "Uppity" will make you laugh, cry and appreciate the fact that success in this country can be achieved through self reliance and a willingness to face adversity and challenge the status quo.
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