From Peanuts to the Pressbox: Insider Sports Stories from a Life Behind the Mic

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In thisbehind-the-scenes look at sports broadcasting Eli Gold tells how a kid from Brooklyn, New York, went from selling peanuts at Madison Square Garden tobeing one of the most recognizable voices in all of radio sports broadcasting.

From Peanuts to the Pressboxis anintimate walk down memory lane, reliving some of the greatest moments in Alabama sports (basketball and football) and NASCAR.Gold also sharesstoriesfrom his early days with Yankees broadcaster Mel Allen and Red ...

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Overview

In thisbehind-the-scenes look at sports broadcasting Eli Gold tells how a kid from Brooklyn, New York, went from selling peanuts at Madison Square Garden tobeing one of the most recognizable voices in all of radio sports broadcasting.

From Peanuts to the Pressboxis anintimate walk down memory lane, reliving some of the greatest moments in Alabama sports (basketball and football) and NASCAR.Gold also sharesstoriesfrom his early days with Yankees broadcaster Mel Allen and Red Barber and other broadcasting greats, such as Bob Costas, Tom Hammond, Verne Lundquist, Kevin Harlan, Ron Franklin, and Mike Tirico.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781401604363
  • Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/15/2009
  • Pages: 257
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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Eli Gold has been The Voice of the Crimson Tide for twenty years. Heis the host ofNASCAR Live, a weekly, nationally syndicated radio call-in show andcalls play-by-play for arena football, NFL, professional baseball, and NHL on radio and television.

M.B. Roberts is the author of six books, including Brooks & Dunn: The Honky Tonk Truth (Willow Creek Press, 2001), a collaboration with her husband, long-time Sports Illustrated photographer Ronald C. Modra. Roberts is a staff writer for Country Weekly Magazine.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2010

    The Voice of the Crimson Tide

    I was given a copy of Eli Gold's book to review - "From Peanuts to the Pressbox Insider Sport Stories From A Life Behind The Mic" - by Thomas Nelson company. However, given that I'm a Bama fan - and the fact that the Tide just won the National Championship - I was very happy to give it a read.

    As you would expect the book is an easy read with lots of great stories from Eli's experiences in a variety of sports. In and around Birmingham his voice is recognized easily - from Alabama football or NASCAR. This book doesn't necessarily compel you to finish it quickly or draw you to turn the page, but it does give an insider's take of the sportscaster role..

    Eli Gold went from a New York kid fascinated by sports to a widely recognized voice - in Alabama football and for NASCAR. Selling peanuts at Madison Square Garden to Bryant-Denny and Talladega. I can hear his voice in my head saying 'Tide Wins! Tide Wins!" and "TOUCHDOWN ALABAMA". Those are sweet words in a state that bleeds crimson.

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  • Posted November 25, 2009

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    Sports fan or not, great read!

    I have to admit, I had never heard of Eli Gold before I picked up this book. I realize that may sound blasphemous to many sports fans, but I have only been watching sports for a few years. Regardless, I really enjoyed this book. Eli Gold's story is one of ambition and determination.

    From Peanuts to the Pressbox is filled with heartfelt memories, and funny anecdotes. Gold has a way of really making you feel like you are right there with him through it all. Not only will your favorite sports fan love this book, but don't be afraid to pick it up even if you're not a huge fan!

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  • Posted October 29, 2009

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    From Peanuts To The Pressbox

    "From Peanuts to the Pressbox," is a true story of Gold's ambition to become a Sports Reporter. Not only does he strive to become a Sports Reporter/Commentator, but he goes beyond by working his way to the top. First his ambitions take him on his journey as a young man, listening to sports broadcasts on the radio, as he attempts to bring about his own style of reporting while listening to the games via radio.
    Eli Gold tells the story of his rise from an inspired young man who knows what he wants to do with his life to a top-notch commentator. This story is interwoven with stories of Gold's trials to get what he wants through the dedication to his chosen profession. He will do anything involving sports including, quite literally, selling Peanuts at sporting events in Madison Square Garden. Along the way Gold allows the reader into his life and journey, from being an audio engineer, in a small radio station, eventually doing work with the likes of Howard Cosell and he even talks about coming up through the ranks with Bob Costas, just to name two well known Sports reporting/commentating figures. Gold himself made quite a name for himself, but you couldn't tell from the way he has written his story here. He is a very down to earth person.
    You will find yourself caught up in the world of both radio and television sports right along side Gold. He tells his story, sometimes in all seriousness, but you will also find many sections of the book filled with humorous antecdotes. You may ask what can be learned from a book like Eli Gold's? Gold shows that through a overwhelming desire, long and hard work, and a willingness to give up a lot to reach his goal, you can make it. I may not agree with the way he did this, but I do admire his ambition and steadfast work ethic. Eli Gold knewy what he wanted, and through hard work, he attained his goal. Along the way he gained knowledge and acceptance, and in the world of sports, he has proven himself to be one of the top in the field.

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  • Posted October 4, 2009

    Getcha Peanuts!

    I picked this book up, not knowing what to expect. I played sports, but not much a of a big sporting events fans. Nethertheless, Eli Gold won me over by his larger than life story. From Peanuts To Pressbox, a third of it's own by Eli Gold, talked about how young Eli worked hard to become where he is today. The voice of the Crimson Tide. young Eli would sell peanuts and do almost anything to be where he always dreamed to be. Near the broadcast booth.

    I'm truly inspired by Eli Gold, his passion that worked him to sell peanuts and to getting almost no pay for his dream is simply amazing! Not just that, Eli's vast experiences in his on hand jobs have truly propel him to be one of the greatest stories teller of all time! i really love this book for it's easy-reading and yet all time inspiring through a voice that many recognize but most importantly a voice that really could have said "been there, done that". From starting out as a "broadcaster" where he would cough once if a team scored a run to his classmates to where he is. It's been one great amazing journey that words will never truly capture the essence of his life story in a single book. well done Eli.

    I am a member of Thomas Nelson review blogger program. If you are a blogger and love reading books, this is the program for you and it's free! http://brb.thomasnelson.com/

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  • Posted October 2, 2009

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    Successful People Get That Way By Being Talented

    If you love University of Alabama football and regional radio and TV, this is your book.

    I am neither.

    Yet I found a lot to like about it that had nothing to do with football or broadcasting: Successful people get that way by being talented, naturally curious and working their asses off.

    I would recommend this book to any football fan as it is full of anecdotes about broadcast media and the characters involved.

    But I liked the front half of the book where Gold - who barely graduated from high school - tells stories about his lust for broadcast and his unflinching dedication to taking ANY job just to be around the media he loved.

    He sold peanuts, he delivered mail, he engineered broadcasts - anything to be around what he loves.
    The book is a quick read with bright descriptions of times gone by and is broken down into segments that are sometimes just a few paragraphs long.

    (Perfect bathroom or waiting room reading.)

    This is the third collaboration between Eli Gold and M.B. Roberts and they obviously work well together.

    This could easily been a regional hit but Gold and Roberts inject the kind of American-dream and a almost-rags-to-riches story based not on winning the lottery or marrying a rich woman or winning a lawsuit.

    Make no mistake - this book is about hard work, networking and self-promotion.

    In this age when every kid gets a trophy and schools teach that everyone is a "winner" and your nephew sits on the couch watching Oprah and Jerry and complains that he can't find work, hand them this book.

    It proves that a person with a dream - even one who's not bent towards academics - and a lot of hard work can make himself into a success.

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  • Posted September 22, 2009

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    From Peanuts to the Pressbox, by Eli Gold

    I freely admit to not knowing anything about sports (except figure skating). I still requested the autobiography of a sports broadcaster for review from Thomas Nelson, for one reason - the author, Eli Gold, started out selling peanuts in the stadiums and eventually became "the Voice of the Crimson Tide", one of the most well-known broadcasters in the country.

    Talk about the American Dream.

    I was curious about how he worked his way from one part of the stadium to another. As it turns out, you don't need to be too familiar with football, baseball, hockey or NASCAR to enjoy the journey, the insider stories and the humor in "From Peanuts to the Pressbox". Eli Gold barely completed even a high school education - he skipped classes so he could attend ball games and study what the commentators did. But he had immense enthusiasm for the sports and for describing them. And he had persistence. Anyone with a similar passion can appreciate that.

    It was also interesting to read about how people listened to sports in his time (through heavy portable radios) and how editing was done (with a pair of scissors, as opposed to with a computer and a wav file). And the stories are amusing too. You don't need to know the rules of sports to enjoy the description of how a hockey team called the Ducks borrowed new, bright lights for a game, only to find that the heat from the lights melted the ice. I imagined a lot of swimming Ducks here.

    There's also the tale of the hockey match where a player was spat on by a fan. This was back in the day when arenas were surrounded by meshes, so the player shoved the butt end of his stick through a hole in the mesh, and it knocked the fan's teeth out. Well, even I knew hockey was kind of a violent sport.

    There was one error - the author mentions going to Toronto and having dinner on Young Street. I'm pretty sure that's supposed to be Yonge Street. Other than that, though, I'd give this book as a gift to anyone who likes sports.

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  • Posted September 16, 2009

    Great Book-Fun read

    Like most boys growing up that watch sport you are always focused on the All-Star play. You practice just like and you watch his every move. The biggest dream you have is that you will grow up and be just like him. Eli Gold was just like that but instead of watch the player he focused more on the broadcasts call the game. In his new book titled "From Peanuts to the Pressbox" Mr. Gold talks about how as a kid he would spend many hours at sporting events watch and listening to broadcasts.

    This book takes you a ride like no other. Eli takes about how he learned from the great broadcast of all time, with the likes of Mel Allan, Howard Cosell to Marv Alberts. He talks about the time spend with Bob Wolff-best know for call Don Larsen's perfect game in the 1956 world series. Bob spend time with Eli and taught him the trick of the trade.
    The best message from this book is to follow your dream. Find ways to make it come true. For Eli it started sell peanuts at Madison Square Gardens to host NASCAR live and on to be the Voice of the Crimson Tide.

    I really enjoyed this fun, very entertaining book. I learned a great deal about live and how to follow you passions in live. Thanks to Thomas Nelson Company for letting me preview this book.

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  • Posted September 13, 2009

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    From Peanuts to the Pressbox by Eli Gold

    This is a true story about following you dream! Eli Gold was a young boy obsessed with sports. He was in love with them. When he could not see the game when he was selling peanuts he was listening to his little radio keeping up with everything that was going on! He was still in high school when he started doing TV commentary for NASCAR. He is one of the most well known voices in sport casting. He has been living his dream for over 25 years now!

    I was amazed how much work had to be put into his job! I thought they just talked about stuff as it was happening, but my eyes are now opened! I was a little disappointed at the lack of depth that went into his life story, but he does a fantastic job telling you about the sports form the 70's to today! Even though the lack of depth was a little disappointing, this book is still wonderful! If you are interested in sports you should defiantly read this book!

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  • Posted September 12, 2009

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    From Peanuts to the Pressbox, by Eli Gold and M.B. Roberts

    I enjoy sports. I enjoy watching them on TV, but very rarely do I give much thought to the people who are, as Eli Gold would say, putting captions on the pictures. Until now, I never realized how much work and preparation goes into what they are doing. From Peanuts to the Pressbox is a well-written and intriguing book, detailing the literal journey from a young boy selling peanuts and dreaming about sports broadcasting into one of the more famed modern sports broadcasters, with experience in the NHL, NFL, Nascar, AFL, and of course, as the Voice of the Alabama Tide.
    I enjoyed reading Eli Gold's stories and tales. He truly has a tremendous amount of experience and has had the opportunity to meet many people throughout his career; Joe Namath, Dale Earnhardt, and Kenny "the snake" Stabler. Some of the stories he can tell about these sport legends are amazing and heartwarming. In addition, the amount of research that Eli must have done is thrilling - a chance to learn the history behind broadcasting, not just his personal story.
    The bottom line is this - if you're interested in learning a bit about one of the most unnoticed aspects of sports, then From Peanuts to the Pressbox is a great book to pick up.

    I'm a member of Thomas Nelson Book Review Bloggers - check me out at http://andyszymas.blogspot.com and them out at http://brb.thomasnelson.com

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  • Posted September 10, 2009

    Decent, But Not "Gold-en"

    In this autobiography, Eli Gold shares his journey from a young boy skipping grade-school to pursue his interests to his present day life as a man fulfilling his childhood dreams of being a sportscaster. He tells of his first job, starting out as a peanut vendor at Madison Square Garden and shares the various stories of luck, chance meetings and hard work that got put him where he is today.

    As someone who's done play-by-play for Arena football, the NFL, NHL, and is the host of NASCAR Live, not to mention The Voice of Alabama's Crimson Tide for over twenty years, most would agree he's achieved his goal of being a successful sportscaster.

    While the book was an easy read and had some interesting stories from his life in sports, I was a bit disappointed in the lack of depth regarding Gold's personal life as it relates to his professional pursuits.

    I would recommend this book to any sports fan that loves hearing "behind-the-scenes" stories from an insider, however, if you are seeking inspiration or a more motivational read that goes a bit more in depth, that most likely won't be found here. Overall, it's worth the read, just keep the expectations to a minimum.

    I reviewed this book as a Thomas Nelson Book Review Blogger, check em' out at http://brb.thomasnelson.com/

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  • Posted September 10, 2009

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    From Peanuts to the Pressbox

    Starting his career in 1972, from Peanuts to The Pressbox is a memoire/autobiographical account by Eli Gold of his life and the events that led him to become a sports broadcaster. Although he is best known for broadcasting the play by play for The University of Alabama's "Crimson Tide" for greater than twenty years, Gold has a vast array of experience. He not only broadcasted over the radio, but television as well, and covered many different sports. He is also known for his radio-call in program Nascar-LIVE, which is nationally syndicated. Eli Gold, who is from Brooklyn, NY, speaks of his younger years and his relentless effort to see his dream of becoming a broadcaster come to pass.

    I found this book appealing as I am also from Brooklyn, NY. I enjoyed Gold's recollection of his old neighborhood, as well as how different it was to perform many of his job duties without the availability of the technology of today. This book conveys the message that if you pursue your dream, anything is possible, and as a New Yorker myself I found it easily relatable and would recommend it as a good read!

    -written by Jennifer Ochs

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