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We Would Have Played for Nothing: Baseball Stars of the 1950s and 1960s Talk About the Game They Loved (Baseball Oral History Project) Paperback – April 7, 2009
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The eleven players highlighted in this book include Hall Of Famers Duke Snider, Robin Roberts, Whitey Ford, Harmon Killebrew, Brooks Robinson, Frank Robinson, Billy Williams, 1957 World Series MVP Lou Burdette, two time World Champion and thrower of two no-hitters, Carl Erskine, twenty game winner and an eternal historical figure for throwing the pitch that resulted in "The Shot Heard Round The World", Ralph Branca, and "baseball lifer" Bill Rigney. Every one of these elite storytellers takes you back to where their dreams began and how honored they were to achieve their boyhood goals of playing in the Big Leagues. It's hard not to notice the modesty and unpretentious attitudes that these humble stars reveal, which is in sharp contrast to the attitudes and behavior of today's players.
There are so many "delicious" intimate details shared with the reader from the clubhouse and the playing field from the glorious years gone by, when baseball truly was "THE NATIONAL PASTIME".Read more ›
Baseball fans, especially long-timers, will enjoy reading the first-hand commentary (on their experiences and on the state of baseball today)of such big-name stars as Robin Roberts, Harmon Killebrew, Frank and Brooks Robinson, and Billy Williams, among others. Also included is Bill Rigney, a lesser light as a player but an acknowledged "star" as manager. This volume is an easier read than its predecessor as the interviewer has polished his subjects' actual words just a bit. I'm hoping another volume--especially one that offers the insights/feelings/reactions of some of the less-heralded players of previous generations--is forthcoming.
The ball players all talk about what the game was like back then when it came to negotiating contracts ( there no player agents back then), the ball player did all of his negotiating but the owners held al of the keys. One of the interesting things that a couple of the players talked about was the fact that they only got one year contracts back then so that player had to be at his best and even if the player had a better year then the one before the owners would still try to cut their pay. They talked about being driven to play every day even it they were injured because if they didn't that would be held against them the next year where as players today get multi million dollar, multi year contracts and so if a player feels like it it's a little easier for them to sit out games today. They also talk about the pressure on players today stay in condition year round. The obligation to the fans. Steroid use is barely mentioned.
Both Frank Robinson and Duke Snyder talk about segregation how black ball players very often had to stay in different hotels and eat at different places as their white team mates got to stay and eat.Read more ›
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I was quite excited about this book, having read and loved the famous tome by Ritter that is a classic. I anticipated this would be the same but with the players I grew up with. Read morePublished 4 months ago by M. Hearing
Great baseball history that we'd all do well to remember or learn about and hope sports can return to a time when money doesn't play such a central and often corrupting role.Published 13 months ago by Rose M. Etheridge
That the 1950s and 60s were an era of remarkable change in this country is a statement nearly as old as anyone reading this essay. Read morePublished on May 21, 2014 by The Agency Review
A good book--at times difficult to read (Fay Vincent just turned on the tape recorder and let it roll), loaded with fond memories of players from before professional baseball... Read morePublished on April 21, 2014 by A. Rader
I enjoyed this book so much. Each oral history by one of the greats told countless stories of how they played against the others. Read morePublished on January 11, 2014 by Glenn D. Robinson
Our son in law is a baseball nut but not really old enough to have seen or appreciated the players in this book. Now he will!Published on December 26, 2013 by Christine Richards
Loved the title. I've been reading through Fay Vincent's baseball history stories. Very interesting and this is one of my favorites. Read morePublished on December 9, 2013 by thayer
This book is basically a compilation of interviews that Vincent did with baseball starts of the 1950s and 1960s. Nothing more, nothing less. Read morePublished on August 14, 2013 by Andrew W.