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

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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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Editorial Reviews

poignant, utterly entertaining...makes fans remember that the game is supposed to be fun
USA Today Sports Weekly
a most unusual and engaging subject...all true, but it reads like whimsical novel
Sports Collectors Digest
Mike Shannon is a name well known to serious baseball fans...humorous
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786416943
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/5/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 1,250,661
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Mike Shannon is the co-founder and current editor-in-chief of Spitball magazine. The author of more than a dozen baseball books, he lives in Cincinnati.

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Table of Contents

1 Boswell Meets His Johnson 1
2 Taking Richmond by Storm 19
3 Big Bad Jim Schaly, the Canton Crocodiles, and Good Ol' Joe Charboneau 42
4 Chillicothe, Ohio: A Perfect Place for Minor League Baseball 72
5 The Hardest Working Act in Baseball Show Business: The Bluuueeesss Brothers!!! 106
6 Of Paints and Dragons I Sing 136
7 A Visit to the FL Big Time: Ron LeFlore and His Cook Country Cheetahs 164
8 An All-Star Show in St. Louis; Same Old Thing in Chillicothe 190
9 The Wheel, Max Sets Off Fireworks, and The Chicken 218
10 After Cooperstown, Clouds Over Richmond and Chillicothe 248
11 Sex, Tempers, and a Resignation 276
12 Hitting the Jackpot in Evansville: Heartbreak in Springfield 304
13 "Now That's Entertainment!" The Final Series in Chillicothe 331
14 Werewolves in London (and Johnstown, PA): The Playoffs 359
15 Epilogue: A Lot to Crow About in 2001 380
Index 399
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2004

    As real as it gets

    I have had the honor of knowing Max, and having him as an umpire in high school and college. He's a great umpire and an even greater person who is sincere and honest. His stories and this book kept me laughing from start to finish. A must read for any die hard baseball fan who truly appreciates the game and the struggles of minor league baseball.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2004

    A true gem!!

    I loved this book! The stories are hilarious and one really gets an appreciation for the those living their dream at the bottom of the baseball ladder. Great read! Buy it!

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