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"This book needed to be written and Ted Reed has done his homework" --Carl Erskine, Brooklyn Dodgers

"This book offers something unique, something that even the most prominent sportswriters of the past were unable to obtain: extensive, in-depth interviews with Carl Furillo…. The author has given him the voice and the venue he never had when he was alive." --Judith Testa, author of Sal Maglie, Baseball's Demon Barber

"Reed is at his best in analyzing and clarifying the two specific incidents that diminished Furillo's image when his playing days ended. He uses Furillo's own words along with the testimony of teammates, to refute the charge that he was opposed to Jackie Robinson joining the Dodgers in 1947. The more significant 'rap' against Furillo concerns his 1960 departure from the Dodgers. The roles of Marvin Miller, Andy Messersmith, Dave McNally, and Curt Flood have been well covered in the literature of baseballs labor-management relations. But Furillo's case, which appears to be a gross injustice, has not." --Lyle Spatz, baseball historian.

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Ted Reed is a transportation reporter for TheStreet.com.He was formerly a Miami Herald business reporter. He lives in Charlotte, North Carolina.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 210 pages
  • Publisher: McFarland (November 18, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786447095
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786447091
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.6 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,581,609 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Good biographies are all alike; they clarify the worthiness of their subject, the special details and circumstances that resulted in "greatness," and they reveal the human, flawed aspects of the life.
Ted Reed, a veteran journalist who has worked for the Sacramento Bee, the Miami Herald, and is currently a reporter with TheStreet.com, has written a life of Carl Furillo that makes a compelling case for his inclusion in Baseball's Hall of Fame. He chronicles Furillo's contributions as a right-fielder with a powerful arm, a clutch hitter who came through for the Brooklyn Dodgers on many occasions, and a dedicated, dependable ballplayer in an era when players were more like working class heroes than like today's spoiled, overpaid superstars. Reed gives us a sense of the man inside the uniform, too, limning those character traits that resulted in Furillo's eventual breach with the Dodgers, and, ultimately, to a misapprehension of Furillo's true legacy.
In rehabilitating the misunderstood Furillo, Reed does so with respect, not sycophancy. His style is spare and direct, distilling the essential facts of Furillo's career and life into a well-paced, stimulating narrative that comes to a pitch in the chapter titled, "The game turns sour," where the reader gets a behind-the-scenes look at Furillo's contract negotiations with the Dodgers following the 1960 season. In less capable hands, this chapter could have been phlegmatic, or mired in legalistic complexities. Instead, Reed writes with verve and suspense, and delivers a clear and concise analysis of contractual matters. There is pathos, even a touch of the tragic, in Furillo's conviction that he has been ill-used; a man stubbornly resisting life's inevitable trajectory.
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Although this is one of those overpriced baseball biographies that appear on Amazon I bought it because I have often wondered why a book has never been written on The Reading Rifle, Carl Furillo. So many biographies of other members of those fabled Brooklyn Dodgers' teams of the 1950s have been written, but Furillo has been virtually ignored.

I agree with a previous reviewer that the cover showing home plate with the words "Brooklyn Dodgers All-Star" appear to be quite juvenile. The book itself contains 181 pages of text, but I did find quite a bit dealing with Furillo's suit against the Dodgers after leaving the team in a dispute with Buzzie Bavasi over contractual matters. This led Furillo to believe he was being blacklisted by other owners. Carl tried without success in finding employment in any capacity with any other major league team. Carl, being one to speak his mind, often offended others with his opinions, but one always knew where they stood with him.

Furillo caught a break early in his career when Commissioner Happy Chandler suspended Dodgers' manager Leo Durocher. Carl and Durocher were at odds with one another due to Leo's belief that Furillo couldn't hit right-handed pitchers. Replacing Durocher was Burt Shotton, one of Carl's favorite managers. Charlie Dressen being the other one.

The year 1953 saw Furillo have his best season when he reigned as the National League batting champion although his season was cut short when he charged the New York Giants' dugout to challenge Manager Durocher. Furillo ended up with a broken little finger. Sal "The Barber" Maglie was another nemesis for Furillo as Maglie was known to pitch high and tight to batters.
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If you are a Brooklyn Dodger fan and Carl Furillo admirer, get this book. Do not be turned off by the wimpy title. Tragic is a fair description of what happened to Furillo, a mainstay of the Dodgers' glory years in Brooklyn. He often clashed with management over his salary. At its peak, he made $33,000. He was a lifetime .299 hitter with a rifle arm. After 15 years, he was suddenly released in an ugly separation that neither he or the Dodgers handled well. Unable to find work as player, coach or scout, Furillo sued. He claimed he was blacklisted. The baseball establishment denied it. Reed's exhaustive research (he began this project as a university honors thesis 41 years ago!) traces the fate of one of baseball's best from boyhood to Ebbets Field to installing elevators in the World Trade Center.
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Carl Furillo finally has the record cleared on a number of issues and his story has been a long time in coming. For those of us who remember stolid Carl from his playing days in Ebbetts Field, his clutch hitting and his incomparably strong and accurate arm it is a fine retelling of his career and the disappointing way it concluded. A terrific read for any sports fan, a must read for all Dodger fans especially those who saw almost his entire career unfold in Flatbush. The question is when will the late Mr. Furillo get his due with the Oldtimer's Committee at the Hall of Fame? Carl was not a home run hitter like some others but how many runs did he prevent from scoring with that rifle arm and the way his no-nonsense competitive nature akin to Jackie Robinson's helped fuel the fire which led to all those pennants? I highly recommend this book.
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