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Moments in the Sun: Baseball's Briefly Famous Paperback – March 1, 1999

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Two New York journalists and sports fans (McGuire is not the Mark McGwire) offer an entertaining series of profiles of baseball players who experienced isolated moments of fame--sometimes one or two superlative seasons, occasionally just a single game. Among the subjects are no-hit pitcher and legendary playboy Bo Belinsky, from the early 1960s; Mark "The Bird" Fidrych, the Detroit Tiger pitcher who filled stadiums in the mid-1970s but succumbed quickly to arm trouble; and Joe Charboneau, who pounded his way through the American League as a rookie in 1980 but lost his batting eye and disappeared into the minors forever in 1981. They also interview Joe Baumann, who hit 72 home runs in a season . . . for the Roswell Rockets in the Class C minors in 1954 yet never played a game in the majors. Fans will enjoy remembering these briefly famous names and will also come away with a real sense of a baseball career's fragility. Today's phenoms should take note. Wes Lukowsky

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company; 1st edition (March 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 078640549X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786405497
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,354,637 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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McGuire and Gormley are two writers working at the peak of their craft, primarily because their love for their subjects -- baseball & the briefly famous 'everymen' they highlight -- oozes from every page. Albany-area sports fans have come to enjoy their ability to turn a phrase, deliver a scene and speak knowledgably about the subject at hand. Readers do not have to be baseball fanatics to enjoy this book, but baseball lovers will delight in the anecdotes they provide. Any reader who enjoys stories about the "brief shining moments" we all conjure up in our Walter Mitty-type daydreams will find this a good read. There are players from every era, from every type of American background. Baseball is generally a game of angles, and wonderful insights into the game and human nature emerge in this book. Kudos to Gormley & McGuire for a great read!!
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