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Baseball's Forgotten Heroes Paperback – July 11, 1999
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Highly recommended for any die hard baseball fan. Sadly, the author died at a young age. I would have enjoyed reading more from him just like this.
Salin must be a persuasive fellow and is certainly a persistent one; he wangled an interview with the very reclusive Pete Gray, who played major league baseball with only one arm (true story). He has gathered a collection of amusing and interesting stories that tell a lot about the times in which his subjects played.
And as if all that weren't enough, there's a great bonus at the end: a pronunciation guide to baseball people's names. How is someone like myself, born in the early 1960s, supposed to know how to pronounce a lot of the names of the past? What a superb inclusion, and the list is both long and phonetically clear. I couldn't believe my good fortune when I got to that part, having thought that the book was over, and was so pleasantly surprised. It was like a performer coming out for a superb encore.
Well worth the money and time for enthusiasts of baseball history. I'm going to keep my eye on this author, and I hope we get more.