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Whether you love baseball or don't know the infield from the outfield, this unusual memoir-told in the third person-is nevertheless riveting. Pitcher Moyer entered the record books in 2012 at age 49 as the major league's oldest pitcher to win a game. Despite myriad disappointments and nasty injuries over the course of his career, he keeps coming back-and seems only to improve with age: he won more games in his forties than twenties. His success is largely attributed to his mental discipline, a quality he learned to hone from his mentor, the late Harvey Dorfman, who validated the role of sports psychology in baseball. In many ways, Moyer's story testifies to the importance of mental discipline in baseball. The story is made lucid with the help of co-author Platt, former editor of the Philadelphia Daily News, who lived with the Moyer family during the writing process. Together, the two cover the wins and the losses, plus the development of the Moyer Foundation's Camp Erin, the largest collection of child bereavement camps in the country. This is an appealing story of a sportsman with a good heart and a strong mind. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Baseball pitcher Moyer started and won a game for the Colorado Rockies in 2012 at age 49, which made him the oldest player to do both of those things. But Moyer’s performance was not an aberration; he’d been challenging and overcoming conventional baseball wisdom for decades. He never had much velocity on his fastball, but, despite lacking most pitchers’ best tool, Moyer won 269 games in his career, thirty-fourth place on the all-time list. Remarkably, 213 of those wins came after Moyer was 33 years old. Most careers are winding down at 33; Moyer was just finding his groove. In this rich, entertaining, third-person memoir, Moyer attributes much of his success to sports psychologist Harvey Dorfman, a gruff, gravel-voiced mentor who pushed Moyer into a different, more assertive mental approach to the game. Because of both baseball’s inherent ageism and that nonexistent fastball, Moyer spent much of his career in a constant battle to prove himself. Despite his amazing success, he was never a household name in baseball, but true fans will inhale his tale of smarts and perseverance. --Wes Lukowsky --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; Reprint edition (September 2, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1455521574
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455521579
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #538,168 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For anyone who was an athlete, is an athlete or is raising an athlete, this is a must read! Jamie Moyer is the true definition of what it means to persevere and to not give up when things get tough. The lessons to be learned are invaluable for readers of any age. As a lifelong baseball fan, I found it fascinating to have an insiders perspective into the mental side of the game and what goes through the mind of an MLB pitcher as he both struggles and triumphs. Larry Platt does a fantastic job keeping the pages turning and highlights Jamie's career in a really unique way. It was fun to read about specific moments from his career and be able to think back to when they were playing out in real time! Jamie is truly a good guy in baseball and should be very proud of all he has accomplished and all he stands for on and off the field. Kudos to you Mr. Moyer and congrats on putting another "W" in the win column with this fantastic book!
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How many baseball fans out there haven't asked the question, "How did Jamie Moyer continue to pitch in the major leagues for so long?" This eagerly anticipated book helps to answer that question. One might also ask "How does Moyer fit more than a quarter-century of highs and lows from his brilliant career into 288 pages?" Well, he doesn't even try to do that, and that's part of the beauty of this book. The motivation behind Moyer's accomplishments on the baseball diamond is collected on these pages, and the result is as much a tribute to his mentor, Harvey Dorfman, as it is the story of his two biggest comebacks - the first as a young man who almost found himself out of baseball at the age of 29, and his ultimate comeback as a 49 year-old veteran who successfully returned to the mound after Tommy John surgery to become the oldest pitcher in major league history to win a game and drive in a run.

Whether we realize it or not, Jamie Moyer has given the millions of us who were kids in the mid- to late- 80's an active link to our childhood on the baseball field for much longer than any of us could have ever hoped for. He started his first game against the Phillies and his childhood hero Steve Carlton on June 16, 1986, a game which I remember watching as a 10 year-old, if for no other reason because of Harry Kalas' kind enthusiasm for the local Souderton boy's major league debut in Chicago. In a game that more than any other is a bridge between the generations, Moyer's longevity makes him a truly special player, and for this reason I personally hope that he continues to take as much time as he needs to before closing the book on this chapter of his life and "officially" announcing his retirement.
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The minute he retired you had to guess that his unique career story was going to end up in a book. This one did not disappoint. The structure of the book was great; interspersing details of his final comeback with chapters about all the different points in his career when it looked like he was washed up. One note of caution is that early on it reads almost more like a Harvey Dorfman (sports psychologist who helped Moyer) bio vs a Jamie Moyer bio, and Dorfman clearly plays a huge part in the story, but once it regains focus on Moyer, it is really a fascinating and fun story.
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He is my cousin and I know that everything he said is true. He is a very honest person and his family is very important to him. He has wanted to play baseball since he was a very little boy. My mother bought him his first baseball outfit. He would put his baseball cap on the bed post at night and that would be the first thing he would put on in the morning. I am so proud to say he is my cousin.
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Figures that Jamie Moyer's biography turns out to be a different, distinctive and a completely unique addition to the sports bio genre, doing a much better job than most of fitting the athlete's journey into the context of the larger Everyman's life journey and in doing so, leaves the reader more thoughtful and aware than before.

"Moyerisms" join with "Dorfmanisms" in the capable hands of Larry Platt to make this a book worth reading, savoring and returning to.

Long live the greatest #50 in Seattle Mariner history and person who's leaving this world better than he found it all those years ago.
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I have always been a fan of Jamie Moyer, ever since he pitched for my team, the Baltimore Orioles. His "fastball" hit around 85 miles on the radar gun. But it was all those changeups that had batters swinging wildly, expecting to bash the ball out of the ball park, and instead, swinging at thin air.I was sorry when he had to leave the Orioles, going into free agency. But he found a great home eventually with the Seattle Mariners. While there, he finally became a 20+ game winner twice, made the All Star team, and pitched in the World Series. All with his slow-slower-slowest pitching repertoire. And Jamie tells us about his relationship with cancer survivor Gregory Chaya and with other kids who didn't make it. His Moyer Foundation started Camp Erin for those who have lost siblings to cancer and other diseases. His community activities coninue and in 2003, he won the Roberto Clemente award, among other community awards.

Jamie tells about his arrival at his childhood team, the Philadelphia Phillies. His career continued into his early and middle 40s, winning a World Series ring with the Phillies. He had to have Tommy John surgery, which probably should have ended his career. But, as in the title, Jamie said to his detractors and nay-sayers, "just don't tell me I can't. " Continuing his career, he won more than 275 games. While with the Colorado Rockies, he became the oldest MLB pitcher to win a game at the age of 49.

Now retired, he does commentary for the Phillies. He is married and has 8 children, 2 who are adopted. His book outlines his don't quit philosophy and is an inspiration
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