View from the Booth: Four Decades With the Phillies, Updated and Expanded

View from the Booth: Four Decades With the Phillies, Updated and Expanded

by Chris Wheeler, Hal Gullan
     
 

As Tim McCarver points out in the Foreword, Chris Wheeler is accomplished at telling stories Wheels can paint word pictures like few broadcasters in any sport. His View from the Booth encompasses memorable portraits of people and places, all the highs and lows of four decades with the never-boring Philadelphia Phillies. Reflecting his style behind the mike, Chris… See more details below

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As Tim McCarver points out in the Foreword, Chris Wheeler is accomplished at telling stories Wheels can paint word pictures like few broadcasters in any sport. His View from the Booth encompasses memorable portraits of people and places, all the highs and lows of four decades with the never-boring Philadelphia Phillies. Reflecting his style behind the mike, Chris writing is conversational. Some familiar anecdotes he retells in his own unique way. But many more are original, the personal memories of a career that has realized childhood dreams.

It s all here, from the triumphs of 1980 and 2008 to far less successful seasons. How a whim of the irrepressible Whitey Ashburn first put Chris behind a Phillies mike; how Paul Owens celebrated a memorable birthday in Lancaster; why Eric Gregg had to back off the field; how John Vukovich learned to eat like a gentleman. You ll learn about how a few words can define a manager s career, when our super scout imitated a lion, how Terry Francona actually made Nolan Ryan smile, and what it was really like behind the Vet s scoreboard. You ll relive all the Opening Day extravaganzas of that master showman, Bill Giles, and get a float-top view of both parades. And you ll join in the spontaneous celebration that came to be called The Wheeler. In the final chapter, you ll relive with Chris his own reaction to losing his longtime partner in the booth, Harry Kalas.

What is not here is mean-spiritedness. Any inevitable foibles are recounted with insight, honesty, and often self-deprecating humor. That s life, in or out of baseball. If it sometimes seems too good to be true, well, that pretty much sums up Wheels career. We all have our disappointments, but these are the authentic memories of a man who has had the good fortune to do what he loves. You re invited to share them.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940016496801
Publisher:
Camino Books, Incorporated
Publication date:
05/07/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
256
File size:
7 MB

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