American Game: A Celebration of Minor League Baseball

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In THE AMERICAN GAME, Ira Rosen turns his lens on the minor leagues. In a lavishly illustrated book Rosen visits notable minor league stadiums and interviews notable major and minor leaguers on their time in the minors. This wonderful and beautiful book will appeal to baseball fans the world over.

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Overview

In THE AMERICAN GAME, Ira Rosen turns his lens on the minor leagues. In a lavishly illustrated book Rosen visits notable minor league stadiums and interviews notable major and minor leaguers on their time in the minors. This wonderful and beautiful book will appeal to baseball fans the world over.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780060897796
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/26/2006
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Ira Rosen is the author of Blue Skies, Green Fields: A Celebration of 50 Major League Baseball Stadiums. His photographs have been marketed worldwide by Stadium Views, Inc. since 1990. His images were featured in the 15th anniversary DVD of Field of Dreams, in the New York Times and USA Today, and on television programs aired on ABC, CBS, HBO, and TBS. He lives with his wife, Judy, in northern New Jersey.

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The American Game


A Celebration of Minor League Baseball


By Ira Rosen


Smithsonian


Copyright © 2006

Ira Rosen

All right reserved.

ISBN: 0-06-089779-1



Chapter One


Donovan Stadium

Former Home of the Utica Blue Sox
(New York-Penn League, Single-A-1981-2001)
Former Home of the Utica Blue Jays
(New York-Penn League, Single-A-1977-1980)
Location-170 Sunset Avenue, Utica, New York
Opened-1977
Seating Capacity-4,000
LF 324 CF 390 RF 324

Donovan Stadium at Murnane Field is the official name. Among
the ballplayers who played here are Larry Walker, Ray Durham,
James Baldwin, and Mike Cameron.

Dave Nelson (Former Major League Player; Major League Coach)
"I signed a professional baseball contract in 1964 with the
Cleveland Indians. I grew up in Los Angeles with some great
players: Reggie Smith, Roy White, the late Don Wilson, Bobby
Tolan, Willie Crawford, Bob Watson, and Charlie Murray, Eddie
Murray's brother. Eddie was our batboy on the sandlot team we
all played on. The Indians sent me to Dubuque, Iowa. It was
something that I wasn't ready for. There were five black
players on the team. They put us up at the YMCA, which was an
old building. They had apartments for the white players. A lot
of the restaurants wouldn't serve us. Security guards would
follow you, thinking you're going to steal something. I told
my mom that I was quitting because baseballwasn't what I
thought it was. She said, 'Who's your idol?' I said, 'Jackie
Robinson.' She asked, 'Are you going through what he went
through?' I said, 'Well, no.' She said, 'Then what's the
problem? You're going to let these people destroy your dream?
Destroy what Jackie's worked for all these years, to go
through what he went through to make it possible for you to
play? You'll find a way to overcome it and survive.' And I
did. If it wasn't for Jackie and my mom, I wouldn't be here
today."

Tom Glavine (Major League Pitcher) "The minor leagues is your
starting point. The beginning of a dream. [It's] the
uncertainty of it all, but at the same time feeling you're
getting an opportunity to at least chase a dream. Each step
along the way, the improvements you have to make to get to the
next level. The competition, the grind every year. You just
didn't know what was going to happen."

Mike Cameron (Major League Player) "The bonds that you form.
I've got many close friendships because of this game-James
Baldwin, just talked to him a few days ago. The things you
learn, the things that got you here. I try to remember those
things, especially when I put on a big-league uniform every
day."

Mike Bertotti (Former Major League Pitcher) "I played in
Scottsdale in the Arizona Fall League in '94. I was fortunate
enough to play with Michael Jordan, with Birmingham and
Scottsdale. A good friend of mine, my locker mate in
Birmingham. After our day game in Scottsdale on a Sunday
afternoon, a bunch of guys on the team would get together at a
local park, play a little pickup hoops. I was fortunate enough
when we played a five-on-five game, shot a three-pointer over
him. I thought he was playing good defense at the time, he was
taking it kind of serious. So I kinda got in his mug a little
bit, said, 'Mike, I thought you got Defensive Player of the
Year, you're letting a 6'1" white guy shoot a three-pointer
over you.' He goes, 'Yeah, well, why don't you try guarding
me?' I was as serious as I could possibly be, him taking the
ball down the court next time, giving my best defensive
impersonation. The biggest thing was him looking in my eyes,
going, 'Are you ready, are you ready?' I go, 'Yeah I'm ready.'
And in one quick move he was gone. One dribble, he's by me,
laying it up into the hoop. I've never seen anything like
that. It's something that I can share with my kids someday."

Nate Espy (Minor League Player) "The best thing is the
camaraderie. You become so close during the season with all
you go through. All you have is your teammates; everybody
trying to reach that goal, the sacrifices you go through
together. It's just total respect for one another. It's like a
family."

Rod Nichols (Minor League Coach) "Minor League Baseball is
chasing the dream. Not necessarily myself as a coach chasing a
dream, but helping the players. It's hard work, there's no
money, long bus rides."

Ricardo Jordan (Former Major League Pitcher) "My favorite
thing about Minor League Baseball is you come to know the
fans. I've met some fans that I still keep in touch with. In
the big leagues, the players don't really get involved with
the fans.

Tim Thompson (Scout) "I started scouting in 1963 with the
Dodgers. I replaced Tom Lasorda in the eastern part of the
United States. I was only there one year. Mr. Campanis told me
they weren't going to scout in the East anymore. I went to
work for the Cardinals about two weeks after he let me go. I
spent thirty years with the Cardinals. I had seven states.
Signed Brian Jordan, John Mabry, Tommy Herr. Altogether,
signed nine or ten big-league players. With the draft, it
eliminates a lot of things in scouting. You knew all about the
families, the kids. Without the draft, it was more fun."

(Continues...)





Excerpted from The American Game
by Ira Rosen
Copyright © 2006 by Ira Rosen .
Excerpted by permission.
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