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Tales from the Red Sox Dugout Hardcover – July 21, 2000
From Library Journal
The lore of two storied franchises that haven't won a championship in the lifetimes of most readers is addressed in these volumes. Both teams have a wide and devoted following. These books make for light and breezy reading as they are basically compilations of anecdotes, some off-color, and odd facts about the greats and lesser-known players. Arranged alphabetically by last name, the anecdotes are separated and bordered by graphics of baseballs. Some illustrations of players also appear throughout. The humor of the books should appeal to young adults as well as their parents. The anecdotes strive to be insightful, though some readers might consider the stories to be bland at best. These books are optional purchases that regional libraries may consider. [The Red Sox's last World Series championship came at the expense of the even more starcrossed Cubs, in 1918.DEd.].DPaul Kaplan, Lake Villa Dist. Lib., I.
-.DPaul Kaplan, Lake Villa Dist. Lib., IL
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.
About the Author
Born in 1948, the year the Red Sox staged a late season rally to tie the Cleveland Indians for first place in the American League only to lose a one-game playoff, Jim Prime has been a long-suffering Red Sox fan all his life. He is the co-author, along with baseball legend Ted Williams, of Ted Williams Hit List, and the co-author, with Bill Nowlin and Mike Ross, of Fenway Saved, which USA TodayÂs Baseball Weekly enthused, is "the purest visual record of the Red SoxÂs 20th century home." Prime makes his home in Nova ScotiaÂs Annapolis Valley with his wife Glenna and children, Catherine and Jeffrey.
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The book is a collection of summaries, ordered alphabetically by player. Each summary includes background on the player, information on their accomplishments and one or more very amusing anecdotes. Several sections are well illustrated by Bob Jackson - you can see almost see the ball reflected in Carlton Fisk's eyes as it flies down the left field line. Perhaps its my bias as a baseball fan, but this sport seems to produce more laugh-out-loud stories than any other I can think of.
Buy and read this book - you'll learn why the mouth of Pedro Martinez may be as formidable as his right arm; why it's a good thing that GQ did not publish during the career of Carl Yaztrzemksi; why Bill Lee finds Gerbils praiseworthy; what might happen if the Splendid Splinter were to face the Big Unit. You will also learn about the humanity of several players and about their personal efforts in regards to the Jimmy Fund that helps young cancer victims in New England. The section on Ted Williams obviously reflects the passions of the authors and it's clear that the commitment to the team and players continues in their profile of Nomar Garciaparra.
Highly recommended that you add this book to your baseball collection.
While this 170-page book is not broken down into chapters that have a story line, you get so much more. Filled with stories from Tommy Harper, Don Baylor, Rod Beck, Wade Boggs, Nomar, Pedro, Clemens, Carbo, Ken Harrelson and many, many others.
There is stories about Wade Bogg's superstition with the numbers 7 and 17, Dwight Evans games saving catch in the 6th game of the '75 World Series, Dave Henderson's heroics in the 1986 ALCS and many more.
For the true Red Sox Fan or the baseball purist of any and all ages, this book, priced under $20.00, is one to have for generations to come. Sports Publishing have hit a grand slam with this one.
Featuring many stories on the greats whose numbers are retired (Williams, Yaztremski, etc.) and current favorites like Pedro Martinez, Nomar Garciaparra and many more, the book is easy to read and provides a reader with appreciation for some of the best Boys of Summer.