- Paperback: 420 pages
- Publisher: Smallmouth Press (January 7, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1588480399
- ISBN-13: 978-1588480392
- Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 1.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,436,543 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Cup of Coffee: The Very Short Careers of Eighteen Major League Pitchers Paperback – January 7, 2003
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" . . . an important reminder that not every major leaguer is a superstar . . . a must for true fans of the game." -- Jim Kaat, New York Yankees television analyst and sixteen-time Gold Glove pitcher
"I enjoyed the journey as much as William Least Heat-Moon's Blue Highways." -- - Bill "Spaceman" Lee, All-Star left-hander and philosopher
"These players just pour out their soul . . . a very enlightening piece of work." -- Frank Thomas, The Original One, three-time All-Star
About the Author
Born on Roberto Clementes twenty-seventh birthday, Rob Trucks is a lifelong Pittsburgh Pirates fan with one previous interview collection, The Pleasure of Influence (Purdue University Press, 2002), to his credit. He is currently working on an oral family history centering on his great-uncle, Virgil "Fire" Trucks.
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A welcome reminder that even those who play at sports highest levels are, at the end of the day, just plain Joes (and Janes).
The tales here are worthwhile and often touching (such as the pitcher who used his signing bonus to pay for running water for his family) but the author decided to serve merely as a court reporter providing near verbatim transcripts of the interviews. This makes the reader wade through unecessary pages of exhanges punctuated by "yes" and "no" answers. This slows the overall flow of the book to a snail's pace at times reducing impact and enjoyment of the book. In short, it's a subperb 200 page book that unfortunately goes on for 400+ pages.
The author/stenographer would have been well served to read and follow the example set by Lawrence Ritter in his classic "The Glory of Their Times" -- still the Gold Standard for baseball oral histories.
And what about the story of Larry Yount, the best "short career" story ever. Was introduced as pitcher(thereby registering officially as a player) pulled a muscle during his warm up pitches, was pulled before facing a batter and never made it back to the Bigs. Plus he was Robin Yount's brother. Now that's a story!
It's a lovely book, paced leisurely and calmly like the game it depicts. I mean, really, what's up with the reviewer who complains about the length. He's probably in favor of time limits on games and no extra innings too. This book, like the players and the subject it covers, should be read slowly, with the rhythms, the quiet passion and sudden moments of insight, that define America's game.
In sum, take your time and enjoy the ride. You'll be glad you did.
A MUST READ for any student of the game.
Bottom line: Good book. Get a real editor.
Interesting, informative, funny and often moving, Cup of Coffee is a worthy addition to the baseball fans' book collection.