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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.
|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|
Posted July 19, 2004
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 8, 2004
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!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.