Baseball Chronicles: An Oral History of Baseball Through the Decades

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"O.K., burn it in, burn it in!" And do they ever! In this book, guys names Whitey and Sparky and Catfish and Duke and many others pitch 'em to you high and hard - clear-eyed stories of the game. These are baseball yarns you probably won't hear anywhere else, chosen and told by the men who lived them - stuff that happened on the diamond and off. Such as Jimmie Reese's memoires of Babe Ruth's locker. And Nelson Briles' appreciation of Roger Maris' baseball knowledge. And Mickey Mantle's story of what Yogi Berra's son said to him. And Bobby Bragan ...
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"O.K., burn it in, burn it in!" And do they ever! In this book, guys names Whitey and Sparky and Catfish and Duke and many others pitch 'em to you high and hard - clear-eyed stories of the game. These are baseball yarns you probably won't hear anywhere else, chosen and told by the men who lived them - stuff that happened on the diamond and off. Such as Jimmie Reese's memoires of Babe Ruth's locker. And Nelson Briles' appreciation of Roger Maris' baseball knowledge. And Mickey Mantle's story of what Yogi Berra's son said to him. And Bobby Bragan on the two mystery envelopes. And Boog Powell's anecdote about the weirest thing ever to happen to him on the field. And on and on. From Joe D. and Stan The Man to Everyman - Cuccinello, Throneberry and others. Eighty years worth of stories. You'll practically hear the sizzle of the ball coming in, feel the give of the base bag under spikes, smell the glove leather. This is the book that gets you into the game. Make contact with it.
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Library Journal
Oral history is an approach often used to chronicle baseball's past. However, this compilation differs in that the interviewees are not telling their life stories; they are simply spinning a good yarn or two, which Blake has subsequently put in a temporal context with other players' tales. The players interviewed run the gamut from hall of famers to those who had short careers, from the oldest living player to players currently active. Their stories concern famous players like Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, Mickey Mantle, and Willie Mays and tell of significant incidents like Ruth's fabled ``called shot'' and the broad spectrum of everyday life in the professional ranks. The text includes new perspectives on well-known lore in addition to a wealth of original material. Recommended for popular baseball collections.-- John Maxymuk, Rutgers Univ. Lib., Camden, N.J.
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Decade by decade, from the 1910s to the 1990s, the author summarizes highlights, profiles some of the players (140 in all), and records stories told by those players in their own words. Players were selected for inclusion not on the basis of the bigness of their name, but on the quality of the stories they told. A charming compilation. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781558703506
  • Publisher: F+W Media, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/29/2000
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.01 (w) x 8.95 (h) x 0.99 (d)

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