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Lardner--who played a role in breaking the infamous "Black Sox" scandal of 1919--wrote You Know Me Al while covering pro baseball in the teens; for baseball fans, the book is an intriguing glimpse into the past. Athletes haven't changed much, poor devils. They're just as funny as ever, only richer. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Unfortunately, at least for a non-fan such as myself, that makes long stretches of this rather short book very tedious.
The story is told through a series of letters written by pitcher Jack Keefe of the Chicago White Sox to his buddy Al back home in Indiana.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in the literature and journalism that surrounds this great American game.
interesting window on mlb's relationship with players. we forget from where astronomical player salaries sprang.Published 26 days ago by monroe boyce
This is a famous book by a well known author. I had trouble with the extreme sexism by the men, and it was repetitious and one note after the first few chapters. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Leslie Recht
This is a must read for baseball fans and especially anyone who is a Chicago White Sox fan. Al is a friend of a pitcher on the team and the book consists of letters written to Al. Read morePublished 9 months ago by jlj
This is a hilarious classic for all baseball historians and fans!
LARDNER IS EXCELLENT. A Mus read for true baseball fans
"You Know Me Al" is a glimpse of baseball's distant past, like taking a rattling train back to the days of the pre-WWI game. Read morePublished 11 months ago by richievee
You figure this guy is about a dumb as a guy can get. It's hard to give the guy any help.Published 12 months ago by carpenter
Ring Lardner tells of the humorous trials and tribulations of Jack, a ChiSox pitcher circa 1915 through letters written to his pal Al back home in Bedford, Indiana. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Lawrence Effler Jr
Mildly amusing with some interesting perspectives on historic baseball and the people engaged in it. It recalled my grandfather's stories,Published 14 months ago by Barry Karafin