- Hardcover: 255 pages
- Publisher: Harpercollins; 1st edition (April 1, 1991)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 006016459X
- ISBN-13: 978-0060164591
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.1 x 11.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,194,385 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Extra Innings: A Season in the Senior League Hardcover – April 1, 1991
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From Publishers Weekly
In 1989 the Senior Professional Baseball Association was inaugurated in Florida, enrolling players over 35 (catchers over 32) who had spent time in pro ball, preferably in the major leagues. The eight teams attracted some big names, including Ferguson Jenkins, Rollie Fingers, Vida Blue and Bobby Bonds. Following the league throughout its three-month season, freelancer Whitford discerned the athletes' motivations: quite a few of them needed money (there was a $15,000 salary cap), while others sought to recapture honor and camaraderie or simply to keep learning. Although four of the franchises folded after the first season (and the rest of the league recently), the participants had experienced, in Whitford's apt phrase, a "life-after-death fantasy." Of great interest to diamond fans. Photos not seen by PW.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Whitford spent a season following the league, attending games, interviewing players and owners and the result is a rich description of the people and issues involved in getting the league off the ground. Players were rusty and oft-injured. Fans stayed away and owners were on shaky financial ground. Within this context, Whitford does a good job of examining the human side of the venture. Why did owner Jim Morley found the league? What was motivating players to answer baseball's siren song?
A great read for baseball fans. Only issue is that the book does not have an index.
The book chronicles several strong personalities and famous players and for fans interested in those players this ia a must read. Some of the famous chronicled are Bill Lee, Mike Marshall, Earl Weaver, and Curt Flood and many more, however at times it feels like you are reading a chronicle of a men's slowpitch softball league with the way the game takes a backseat to the personalities. I would have enjoyed a chapter or two that broke down the style of play and the differences in the game which contributed to the failure of the league. The book does touch on those subjects but its failure to go in depth minus anecdotes from players leaves it just a little short as the ultimate chronicle of the League itself.
Definately a interesting and entertaining look at the league and its players and well worth reading to anyone interested in the subject.