- Hardcover: 135 pages
- Publisher: Arte Publico Pr (September 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1558853332
- ISBN-13: 978-1558853331
- Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.8 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,501,548 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Orlando Cepeda Story Hardcover – September, 2001
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Beloved by his teammates, Cepeda had problems with his knees and his managers, which together led to five uniform changes in his final eight years in the major leagues. He also had difficulties with his marriage and the IRS, but his lowest point came after his career ended when he served time in prison for trafficking marijuana. In a book aimed at young adults these things are not simple to address or explain, but Bruce Markusen does both very well. It's not just a book about a baseball player, it's a story about a man of flawed character who swallows his sizeable pride and proves to be greater in defeat than he was in victory.
Disgraced in his home country and not entirely welcomed in America, Cepeda started his life anew in plain sight of those who thought of him as a criminal who had thrown away fame, wealth, and respect. He made it back to the major leagues as a coach, but didn't last long in any place.Read more ›
Markusen's credentials with the Baseball Hall of Fame make it even more puzzling that he has four significant errors of fact in "The Orlando Cepeda Story". Let's get them out of the way first. The errors are:
1. When Cepeda began his career with Salem, VA, in the Appalachian League, he was denied service at a restaurant "during a road trip to Iowa." I can't imagine any Appy League team making a trip to Iowa since its membership has always consisted of towns in the Southern Appalachians with the exception of Burlington in the North Carolina Piedmont.
2. The author mentioned the group of established stars with the San Francisco Giants when Cepeda joined the team in 1958. He included Juan Marichal in the group although the records show Marichal did not make his big league debut until 1960.
3. Markusen discusses the Giants' first visit to New York to play the Mets in 1962 and says they played at Shea Stadium. The Mets, as any baseball fan knows, played their first two years at the Polo Grounds and did not move to Shea until 1964.
4. The Atlanta Braves met the Mets for the National League pennant in the first playoff series when divisional play began in 1969. It was a best-of-three series at that time, not a best-of-five as is stated in the book.Read more ›