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Pouring Six Beers at a Time: And Other Stories from a Lifetime in Baseball Hardcover – April 1, 2007
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Giles wrote this and wished he parted more info on his insight. He played it safe as I figured, not doling out any real/dicey stuff on players, coaches or owners. I always felt Giles was incredibly under-appreciated by hometown of Philly. No, he didn't always make the right or popular decisions but he has always felt passionate about "his" Phillies and is tremendously respected. I think he eventually over the years understood his forte wasn't player personnel decisions as much as he GOOD he's always been at marketing the product. When he first came to the Phillies they'd suffered many years of bad play (and attendance). Many (then) thought his ideas like Kiteman and the Great Wallenda were desparate and crazy for traditionalist mentality (back then) but they were actually quite innovate for their times.
I'd give the book a 6.5 or 7 out of 10 for one of the GREAT Philly front office guys of my time (diehard fan since 1970). Wanted it to be better but oh well. It definitely has some great insight/perspective from Giles but I felt overall he played it "safe" not wanting to give any exciting diss on former players...certainly knows it but better person then that I guess. Good book if you can get inexpensively.
Let's start with the good stuff. Giles' perspective on birth of the Astros and the 1970s era Phillies was stellar. Some great insight and information there, particular when it comes to his promotional efforts at Veterans Stadium. I also enjoyed the details on luring Pete Rose from Cincy to Philly. His suggestion that Paul Richards, while working for the Astros, was getting kickbacks on bonuses paid to amateurs, was eye opening.
But the book is weighed down by some dreadful fact checking. Here are a couple of examples:
1. Giles father worked for the Reds for many years and the younger Giles' grew up around Gabe Paul, one of his father's colleagues in Cincy. In talking about Gabe Paul successes, Giles' credits him with signing 'Negro League stars Frank Robinson and Vada Pinson.' Big problem - neither player played in the Negro Leagues.
2. After entering a game in a tough situation to face Tony Perez, Tug McGraw is credited with telling reporters that what happened against Perez won't matter in 10,000 years when the planet is a 'big ball of ice.' Giles claims that happened 'in the heat of the pennant race in 1980.' No it didn't. Perez was playing for the Red Sox in 1980 and didn't face McGraw all year since inter-league play had yet to be born.
3. There's a story about Turk Farrell's night time activities in which Giles states he saw Farrell leave the team's Philadelphia hotel at 2 AM on Saturday night and, after Farrell invited him to tag along, Giles' joined him. They got back to the hotel at 6 AM. Farrell, after answering a 9 AM wake up call, pitched a four hitter for a 4-1 win. Those details don't match up with any specific game.Read more ›
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Bill Giles is all about making people happy, has spent virtually his entire life in baseball, has realized his dream of running a big league ballclub, and has witnessed all of the... Read morePublished on May 1, 2011 by John B. Lord
I had heard that Giles' bio was a surprisingly decent read, so despite my revulsion for the man's baseball acumen, I gave it a try when I found it at a library book sale recently. Read morePublished on December 5, 2008 by David Hewitt
Bill Giles has written a baseball autobiography that can speak to even non-baseball fans. When it comes to Marketing, this man is definitely an "out-of-the-box" thinker who was... Read morePublished on June 12, 2008 by Dave
I enjoyed this book much more than I thought I would. Perhaps it is because of the diverse experiences that Bill Giles shares. Read morePublished on October 28, 2007 by Barry Sparks
As a lifelong baseball man, Bill Giles had the chance to write something profound, something with the depth and insight of 70+ years living and breathing the game. Read morePublished on August 22, 2007 by Bryan Littel
A wonderful book, filled with stories of Bill Giles' lifetime in baseball. Baseball fans in general will enjoy it, Phillies fans in particular will love it. Read morePublished on July 6, 2007 by Raven
This book is like a history book for sports fans.Giles wrote this book in a great way.Published on May 28, 2007 by Daniel Monroe
FANTASTIC book for ANY baseball fan! Having grown up in Cincinnati during the 75-76 era of "the Big Red Machine" and living now in Red Sox Nation, I have a deep appreciation for... Read morePublished on April 17, 2007 by HRH