- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: HarpPeren; First Paperback Edition edition (March 19, 1992)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0688112730
- ISBN-13: 978-0688112738
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 309 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #599,919 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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One way of addressing this is simply to note some of those interviewed--the greats and the not-so-great: Rube Marquard, Sam Crawford, Fred Snodgrass, Joe Wood, Babe Herman, Specs Toporcor, Goose Goslin, Hank Greenberg, and Paul Waner. Each gives his sense of their career, their times, and the game of baseball. Many of the comments are awfully insightful. The vignettes also provide a sense of what baseball was like in the very late 19th century and first half of the 20th century.
For baseball fans, this classic is still well worth reading. . . .
Honus Wagner talks about playing third base with a first baseman's glove. One coach talked about sending the batboy down to the saloon to fetch a player when it was his time to bat. The book itself isn't so much a history of baseball with loads of statistics, it's a book about the players- 22 of them.
Even if you don't like baseball, you will be fascinated by the stories of the men who played the game.
Jimmy Austin , "When I first came to the Big Leagues they didn't have clubhouses in most parks, especially not for the visiting team. We'd get into uniform at the hotel and ride out to the park in a bus drawn by four horses. We'd sit on the seats along the sides and ride, in uniform, to the park and back.
Kids running alongside as we went past, rotten tomatoes once in a while."
Rube Bressler on Ty Cobb. "His determination was fantastic. I never saw anybody like him. It was his base. It was his game. Everything was his. The most feared man in baseball."
Tommy Leach on the World Series of 1903. "That was probably the wildest ever played. The fans were part of the game in those days. They'd pour right out onto the field and argue with players and umpires. Was sort of hard to keep the game going sometimes, to say the least."
We have all passed it around and all summer, when a game was on, we found ourselves sharing jokes and anecdotes we read from this book. These stories have made a family of baseball fans love the game even more.