Everything Happens in Chillicothe: A Summer in the Frontier League with Max McLeary, the One-Eyed Umpire

Everything Happens in Chillicothe: A Summer in the Frontier League with Max McLeary, the One-Eyed Umpire

by Mike Shannon
     
 

ISBN-10: 0786416947

ISBN-13: 9780786416943

Pub. Date: 12/05/2003

Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers

"One thing about Max was that he was about as well-adjusted to his disability, if you want to call it that, as anyone could be... He even used his eye once to shut up an obnoxious high school coach. After he'd heard all the complaining he wanted to hear, Max took his eye out of the socket and handed it to the stunned coach, saying, 'You want to umpire this game?

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"One thing about Max was that he was about as well-adjusted to his disability, if you want to call it that, as anyone could be... He even used his eye once to shut up an obnoxious high school coach. After he'd heard all the complaining he wanted to hear, Max took his eye out of the socket and handed it to the stunned coach, saying, 'You want to umpire this game? Here, be my guest.'"

Everything Happens in Chillicothe is an authentic, behind-the-scenes look at the lowest rung of professional baseball, and a biography of Max McLeary, the one-eyed umpire and a most intriguing individual. Author Mike Shannon spent the 2000 Frontier League season attending games with McLeary and gives his account of the season here. The book speaks volumes about umpiring as a profession, relationships (particularly between Max and his estranged son, a minor league player; between Max and his long-suffering wife Patty; and between Max and his umpiring partner Jim Schaly), life in small-town America, and the various people connected with the Chillicothe Paints and other teams in the Frontier League. Many humorous and poignant stories, are told here for the first time, by McLeary, Schaly, and others.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786416943
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
12/05/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1Boswell Meets His Johnson1
2Taking Richmond by Storm19
3Big Bad Jim Schaly, the Canton Crocodiles, and Good Ol' Joe Charboneau42
4Chillicothe, Ohio: A Perfect Place for Minor League Baseball72
5The Hardest Working Act in Baseball Show Business: The Bluuueeesss Brothers!!!106
6Of Paints and Dragons I Sing136
7A Visit to the FL Big Time: Ron LeFlore and His Cook Country Cheetahs164
8An All-Star Show in St. Louis; Same Old Thing in Chillicothe190
9The Wheel, Max Sets Off Fireworks, and The Chicken218
10After Cooperstown, Clouds Over Richmond and Chillicothe248
11Sex, Tempers, and a Resignation276
12Hitting the Jackpot in Evansville: Heartbreak in Springfield304
13"Now That's Entertainment!" The Final Series in Chillicothe331
14Werewolves in London (and Johnstown, PA): The Playoffs359
15Epilogue: A Lot to Crow About in 2001380
Index399

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