- Hardcover: 272 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster; 1st Edition edition (April 6, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0684845180
- ISBN-13: 978-0684845180
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 14 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #922,430 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Confessions of a Baseball Purist: Whats Right and Wrong with Baseball As Seen from the Best Seat in the House Hardcover – April 6, 1998
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Broadcaster Jon Miller didn't know he was a baseball "purist" until acting commissioner Bud Selig accosted him with the moniker on national TV in 1993. "At one time," writes Miller in retrospect, "the label 'baseball purist' could've been worn as a badge of honor. Any legitimate fan would've been pleased to be thought of as a purist. But I suppose that to Mr. Selig, a purist was a lonely old man hunched over a windup Victrola, thumbing through a 1929 Who's Who in Baseball, fretting that the game just hasn't been the same since the Babe retired." In Confessions Miller admits to being a purist--loosely defined by him not as a forlorn fan stuck in a period-piece movie but as a fan knowledgeable enough to realize that baseball evolves for the good of the game--despite what myopic owners might try to perpetrate in the short term. In a chapter titled "The Good Old Days Are Now," Miller reminds die-hards of the old adage about things changing and staying the same. To wit, here's Ty Cobb in 1925: "The great trouble with baseball today is that most of the players are in the game for the money." Miller goes on to suggest that the 1990s will be remembered in 20 years as a "golden age" of hitting and that accusations of juiced balls, watered-down pitching, smaller ballparks, and expansion still cannot account for this decade's abundance of outstanding batters. The voice of the San Francisco Giants (and formerly the Baltimore Orioles) holds forth on everything from interleague play (it's good for the game but messy) to traveling with Cal Ripken (a game of Strat-O-Matic baseball reveals just how competitive the Iron Man really is). Occasionally he whiffs--as when he suggests that ballparks install 20-second time clocks to keep pitchers hurling at a reasonable pace. But ultimately what comes through the anecdotes and arguments is his tremendous love for the game and a generous capacity for recognizing the quality of the present and not just the past. --Langdon Cook
From Library Journal
Miller, ESPN's "Sunday Night Baseball" announcer and former voice of the Baltimore Orioles, is one of the top TV broadcasters in baseball. Fans will enjoy Miller's insights on Cal Ripken's work ethic and his recounting of the incidents surrounding his own dismissal by impulsive Orioles owner Peter Angelos. Miller remains optimistic about the future of baseball. Because of his national presence this book should circulate well in most libraries.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Although autobiographical, this book has several chapters examining specific issues in baseball rather than Miller's life. One such chapter deals with the great but erratic team owner Charlie Finley whose winning Oakland A's team still had poor attendance. I didn't find these issue-specific chapters distracting, actually I thought they were very informative, e.g. the chapter on the importance of keeping a detailed score sheet during games.
Miller's love of the game shines forth in this book, and his contempt for those in positions of power in baseball who want to make radical changes to the game seemingly without having thought it through is in my view completely understandable. Put all the eastern teams into the American League and all the western teams into the National League? No wonder Miller doesn't hold Bud Selig in very high regard.
Miller isn't afraid to praise those in baseball he admires, but it is refreshing to see a broadcaster tell it like it is when he sees something or someone in the game who deserves criticism. It's also to Miller's credit that he isn't afraid to mock himself as he does throughout this book, often summing up his own actions with the phrase, "What an idiot!" Of course he is anything but an idiot, he's one of the best broadcasters baseball has ever seen, and this book is highly recommended to those who love the game and would like a peek behind the scenes as seen by hall of famer Jon Miller.
This book covers a lot of stories from Jon's days with the A's and the Orioles, as well as some of his own personal history. There is an entire chapter on Jon's view of the Iron Man, Cal Jr. There are also sections where Jon explains his views of baseball, the rules, and the changes that should be made to make the game better.
This book is an overall easy read. Whether you agree with his view of baseball or not, you have to respect the effort and love that Jon has for the game. He dedicated his life to it. Jon is known for making a rain delay or a 16-1 blowout interesting, but with this book he proves that he can write down a good story as well. If you are a Jon Miller fan, this is a must read.
I was given this book for Christmas in 1998. At that time, I had just moved from Maryland to West Virginia. While in Maryland a couple of friends and I would purchase a couple of "mini-season" plans, split the tickets and head to "The Yard" for baseball.
Jon Miller only added to the experience. At the time, he was our "homegrown" broadcaster who had made it big on Sunday Night Baseball.
This book brought back a lot of good baseball memories for me. Cal's streak, Boog's BBQ, and "The Yard" in general.
Buy the book, you'll be glad you did!