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Baseball's Finest Moments Perfect Paperback – December 9, 2011
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About the Author
Jack L. Hayes successfully operated an international management consulting company for three decades. He is an award-winning published author. Jack has also conducted numerous business-related seminars and lectures throughout the United States, Canada, South America, and Europe. Jack and his wife, Darlene, live in Central Florida.
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How did he get the job?
He called Clark C. Griffith, "the Old Fox", a founder of the American League and owner of the Washington Nationals, or Senators as my Dad called our team. Yep: Clark Griffith was listed in the DC phone book, and Mr. Hayes, a 15-year old who loved baseball, looked up Mr. Griffith and asked. Griff pointed Hayes to someone who handled the inside work, and just before the 1953 season, Jack Hayes was getting instructed on a batboy's job by a clubhouse manager: check the dugout after each game, gather towels, sweep out the locker room, place a uniform in each locker, clean the dirt from every pair of spikes and shine the shoes and line them up.
During a game, he wore the visiting team's uniform, carrying bats to the on-deck circle, running a relief-pitcher's warm-up jacket back to the dugout.
Before games? Jack Hayes was free to shag flies during batting practice, and players gave him advice. Hank Bauer gave Hayes his spare glove when Bauer saw a line-drive rip through the webbing on Hayes's glove. Hats off to Hank Bauer, and to the other players, from Gene Verble to Ted Williams, who took time to show Hayes how to improve.
This book is not "baseball poetry". No purple prose about the metaphysics of the diamond, nine players, nine innings; a plain book about the game, about an awesome ball-park that few people remember, about ball-players great and not-great but serious about their craft, and about the work that makes possible the games we see.
Oh, and, Jack Hayes was the visitors' batboy the day that Mickey Mantle hit a pitch from Chuck Stobbs that nicked the National Boh sign above the 60-foot back wall of the left-field bleachers and bounced into a back-yard about 550 feet from home-plate. He remembers.
In the book Jack tells us how he became the bat-boy for the visiting teams at Griffith Stadium; I enjoyed reading about Jack's adventures with some of the biggest stars in the game from the visiting teams, truly a dream job for any young man.
I personally think Baseball's Finest Moments is a well written and easy reading book that all baseball fans will enjoy reading.
Mark D. Hornbaker