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Posted June 8, 2014
An Old Testament God
Reading this book was fun, but it left me wanting to read more about the players and umpires that shared Mr. Harvey's baseball life. Comments about Frank Robinson, Sandy Koufax, Willie Mays, Don Drysdale,and Bob Gibson were insightful, but left me wanting a bit more. Mr. Harvey may have been called God, but he seemed to be an Old Testament God as illustrated by incidents with Tom Haller, Johnny Edwards, Larry Jackson, and Dick Bertell. The anecdote about Fred Hutchinson and body positioning while throwing someone out of a game was hilarious. Mr. Harvey was the third base umpire when Juan Marichal hit John Roseboro over the head with a baseball bat. Marichal made the Hall of Fame. Steroid use, gambling, assaulting a player with a baseball bat, which is really the most egregious? By the way, the Washington Senators pitcher with the good curve ball was Camilo Pascual, not Carlos Pascual. The book is worth reading, but I think I would check it out of the library rather than purchase it.
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