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Bucketfoot Al: The Baseball Life of Al Simmons Paperback – June 6, 2011
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Clifton Blue Parker is a magazine editor at the University of California, Davis, and a former newspaper journalist and Congressional press secretary. A member of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR), he lives in Davis, California.
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Unfortunately, great research does not equal great storytelling. The prose is by and large dull - this happened, then this did, then this did. There's not much effort to bring the times Simmons played in to life. Most of all, it's incredibly repetitive, sometimes making a simple, minor point twice in the same paragraph. By page 50, you already know that Al had an odd batting stance, that he was from Milwaukee, that his real last name was Szymanski - there's really no need to keep repeating those things every other page for the rest of the book. A good editor could have taken this 251-page book, cut it down to 180 without removing a single fact or insight, and made it a much more interesting read. (And it's apparently an endemic problem; I checked out Parker's book on Paul and Lloyd Waner, and gave up after ten pages that contained six or seven pages' worth of information.)
So while I think Al Simmons was a great player who lived an interesting life, I can't recommend this book - a yeoman's job of research ended up leading to a pretty boring book. Sorry, Clif.
Simmons was a highly talented athlete and a complex personality, and Parker provides vivid insights into both. I look forward to future works by this author.