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About the Author

CHRIS WHEELER is coming up on his 40th year working for the Philadelphia Phillies, the last 33 as a widely recognized television and radio broadcaster. HAL GULLAN, Ph.D. is the author of several books. His most recent work, a collaboration with St Joseph s University basketball coach Phil Martelli, is Don t Call Me Coach.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Camino Books, Inc.; 1st edition (September 7, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933822228
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933822228
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,439,594 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By William T. Wiggins on April 7, 2010
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The man they call "Wheels". Phillies fans usually either can't stand him or tolerate him -- don't imagine he has many actual *fans* out there. For those who are Wheels Fans, this book will be exactly as you'd expect: nice, friendly anecdotes from a nice, friendly guy. He goes out of his way to never heap scorn on anybody, and tells predictably "colorful" stories which are all PG-rated and will not embarass anyone.

The book is not a waste of time by any stretch, though. The man has been a Phils insider for 40 years and has seen everything and everyone related to the team's history in that tenure. Many of the stories related here are of distinct interest to Phils loyalists.

At times a little defensive about never having been a player like Whitey Ashburn or a living legend like Harry Kalas, Wheeler aims to position himself as a lucky, sincere baseball fanatic. Whether he is what he claims or not, it seems genuine.

One notable omission is any mention of the recent, widely-reported feuds between Wheeler and Kalas, and other previously reported tensions with Ashburn. One can only assume Wheels considers these feud petty and/or private; he sticks to the many years of friendship between them. The Phils fans' reaction to these feuds was a little like picking sides between the Rock Star (Kalas) and the Nerd (Wheels); with either side looking foolish for any defense they might make.

So don't look here for any gossip or dirty laundry. Otherwise, a harmless and not invaluable read for the Philadelphia fan. 3/5 stars.
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If you're from Philadelphia and the surrounding area, we all know Chris Wheeler was the "Philadelphia Phillies' color announcer" on radio and TV supporting the play-by-play announcers of By Saam, Harry Kalas and Richie Ashburn. A true Philadelphian himself, "The View from the Booth" clearly gives the reader his love of the Philadelphia Phillies baseball team and the enjoyment for the game of baseball itself and his respect for his fellow associate announcers. He took pride in his memory of statistics about baseball and when questioned and was wrong in his answers, that's when the true kibitzing with, especially, Kalas and Ashburn evolved in the enjoyment and laughter to we listeners. The book was difficult to put down and brought many smiles to my face when remembering the many colorful talks occurred while watching TV or listening on the radio of the Philadelphia Phillies' games. It was a real shame the way he was surprising way he was dismissed from the booth by Comcast during the offseason and without solid reasoning other than the "usual Comcast is going in a different direction. I highly recommend this book if you're a true lover of baseball (and of course, the Philadelphia Phillies.)
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Johnny Kay on September 21, 2012
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I had heard that "Wheels'" book was NOT a "kiss 'n tell". That it's not. There's a lot that Chris COULD have gotten into about the goings and comings in house and on the road with all the personalities he touches on..but he doesn't. He does, however, gives us a history lesson of what it was like to be in the front office of one of the charter members of Major League Baseball. That front office job evolved into his current position of TV analyst. He takes us with him into the team manager's office for the daily "Ask the Manager" radio show. There have been 15 men in that position during Chris' tenure with the Phils. He talks about all his different radio and TV partners along the way of his 4 decades with the club. He talks about the people who have influenced him along the way. It's a good read...but..you've got to be a Phillies Phan to truly appreciate it or even care.
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I am really enjoying this book and am thrilled to read about some of the old timers I remember as a child. Willie Montanez, John Bateman, Steve Carlton, Denny Doyle, Del Unser etc. It is apparent that Chris Wheeler loves the Phillies and has many entertaining stories of the management, coaches and players. If you have been following the Phils for a while I am sure you will enjoy this as I did. But it isn't just about the Phillies, there are many tales of some of the big names from baseball past. Bob Gibson, Willie Mays, Hank Aaron to name a few. This was a nice way to satisfy my craving for baseball when spring training was just a few weeks away. Nice book, plenty of entertainment!
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Paul Brown on January 30, 2010
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"View From the Booth" is a thoughtful, incisive assessment of the Philadelphia Phillies broadcasters of the past 40 years. All of our favorite (and not-so-favorite) voices are described, as well as management by "Wheels", who seems to have been prompted by the death of the great Harry Kalas to put his own experiences in print. Long-time listeners and viewers are sure to gain some insight from this brief (some 200 pages) overview.
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I liked the book and I miss Wheels in the booth. The two guys the Phillies replaced him with are boring. That's the kindest thing I can say about them.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John Bariana on April 29, 2013
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Wheels does a great job putting you right there. Being an older Phillies fan I get everything he brings up. I would recommend this book to everyone
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James Peiffer on February 21, 2013
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I gave it a 4 star because I think Chris left some things out other then that it was a great book. If you love baseball this is great read. And it made me feel the lost of Whitey and Harry all over again. Chris u are just like them because your in my house every day during the season.
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