BN.com Gift Guide

Growing up Baseball: An Oral History

Overview

On city streets and suburban sandlots, millions of boys have played the nation's game. Growing Up Baseball recounts the stories of those few whose childhood dreams of playing in the big leagues came true.
Read More Show Less
... See more details below
Available through our Marketplace sellers.
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (15) from $1.99   
  • New (2) from $35.35   
  • Used (13) from $1.99   
Close
Sort by
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Note: Marketplace items are not eligible for any BN.com coupons and promotions
$35.35
Seller since 2014

Feedback rating:

(310)

Condition:

New — never opened or used in original packaging.

Like New — packaging may have been opened. A "Like New" item is suitable to give as a gift.

Very Good — may have minor signs of wear on packaging but item works perfectly and has no damage.

Good — item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Acceptable — item is in working order but may show signs of wear such as scratches or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Used — An item that has been opened and may show signs of wear. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Refurbished — A used item that has been renewed or updated and verified to be in proper working condition. Not necessarily completed by the original manufacturer.

New
Brand New Item.

Ships from: Chatham, NJ

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
$50.00
Seller since 2014

Feedback rating:

(193)

Condition: New
Brand new.

Ships from: acton, MA

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Close
Sort by
Sending request ...

Overview

On city streets and suburban sandlots, millions of boys have played the nation's game. Growing Up Baseball recounts the stories of those few whose childhood dreams of playing in the big leagues came true.
Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Purebaseball.com
Frommer, with the help of his son, does his usual excellent job, whether the topic is New York City baseball, Joe Jackson, or photographic compilations.
Purebaseball.Com
Frommer, with the help of his son, does his usual excellent job, whether the topic is New York City baseball, Joe Jackson, or photographic compilations.
Valley News
This is a book for baseball junkies. It's readable and light.
Summer's Books Website Boy Of
What This Book Is: A collection of charming vignettes about growing up as a baseball fan and/or a baseball player. Some of your favorite baseball personalities relating how they managed to grasp a small slice of the American dream. Easily read and comprehended pieces of times gone by, and some fairly recent memories related so comfortably that you can almost see the sucession of men in your own living room, taking their turns in your easy chair and telling their own stories.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780878331864
  • Publisher: Taylor Trade Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/28/2001
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.36 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 13 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2003

    Definitely a memorable reading experience.

    I thoroughly enjoyed GROWING UP BASEBALL. It was definitely a memorable reading experience. --David Dewse

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2003

    A SATISFYING READ///SANTA CRUZ SENTINEL

    A new book is out that takes an original approach to baseball. 'Growing up baseball, an oral history,' lets players tell their stories in their own words. Among those who write about their childhood baseball memories: Mark Grace, Bob Feller, Dom DiMaggio, Sam McDowell, Don Larsen and Mike Scioscia, manager of the Anaheim Angels, who vanquished the Giants in the World Series. By Harvey and Frederic Frommer, the book is a quick and satisfying read about the innocent youth of baseball stars.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2003

    INCREDIBLE BASEBALL BOOK

    Harvey Frommer and his son Frederic must have had a fantastic time writing Growing Up Baseball (Taylor Trade Publishing, Hardcover $23.95). Together this tandem collected dozens of stories of major leaguers for this unique piece of literature. From A to Zeile, from Hall-of-Famers like Jim Palmer and Ralph Kiner to relative nobodies like Ed Yarnall and Lazaro Ramon Gonzalo 'Cholly' Naranjo, there is something for everybody here. There are interesting little tidbits of information here, like that Dale Berra's dad never really played catch with him, 'That's what you've got brothers for.' Even more surprising is that this reality did not turn young Dale off to baseball. Dom DiMaggio used to hide his coke-bottle glasses whenever scouts would come around, so as not to bias their opinions of him. Think how good he could have been if he could see! What This Book Is: A collection of charming little vignettes about growing up as a baseball fan and/or a baseball player. Some of your favorite baseball personalities relating how they managed to grasp a small slice of the American Dream. Easily read and comprehended pieces of times gone by, and some fairly recent memories, related so comfortably that you can almost see the succession of men in your own living room, taking their turns in your easy chair and telling their own stories. Perhaps the most engaging aspect of this book is that it really isn't written by Harvey and Frederick Frommer as much as it was dictated to them by the individuals featured in the book. Each little (Fred Lynn's is not so little) story is told in the first person as they dictated it to the authors, so you can almost hear Nolan Ryan's Texas drawl or Manny Mota's Dominican accent as you read, and you can tell from his speech that Bobby Brown is quite an educated man, even before he tells you that he was a cardiologist and spent a great deal of time as President of the American League. What This Book Is Not: Well, it's not really a book that lends itself to being read straight through. There are almost seventy mini-chapters here, and many of them relate similar details: Several of these men were accomplished athletes during their youths, often in sports other than baseball as well. Many of them had to work hard at another occupation, or grew up in relatively meager circumstances before striking it rich in the majors. You're better off taking this slowly, reading a story or two at a time, in your leisure. Savor these stories. Enjoy them, instead of trying to wolf them all down in order to get a timely review written, like I did. You'll thank me later. When you grow up.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2002

    Growing up Baseball: An Oral History

    ********************************************* In the great tradition of Lawrence Ritter's Glory of their Times and Donald Honig's Baseball When the Grass Was Real, Mr. Frommer and his son, Frederic, offer an oral history with a narrowed and fascinating focus: players' personal stories of the role baseball played in their youths. Everyone will have his or her favorite players in the bunch, especially since the wide variety includes old-timers and current players, stars and scrubs, blacks, Latinos, Jews (Al Rosen and Shawn Green), and sons (Dale Berra) and brothers (Ken Brett ) of superstars. Everyone's represented and, as in Mr. Ritter's book, they please us by having loved the game as we'd have hoped and by pretty uniformly looking back fondly on their experiences. There's a minor but representative moment when Joey Amalfitano is about to sign his first contract and has to go get his father off of a fishing boat where he works: He was in his working clothes. I introduced him to the two scouts, Ebo and Dutch. We sat in the living room. He signed the contract. Then they got up, and my father said to me in Italian, "Take me back to the boat." So I drove him back. My father asked, "What did you sign for?"--meaning what kind of money did you sign for. I said, "$35,000." He said, "America is a great country." In both these books we get to see, once again, how baseball knits together generations of Americans, gives us memories we share first with brothers, fathers and grandfathers and then with sons and grandsons. So, I never got to see Ralph Kiner play, but as a Mets announcer he explained games to me for thirty years, and now, thanks to the Frommers, here he is again sharing stories of his youth and of the game he loves and that he helped me and my brother learn to love. And so his growing up baseball melds into ours. America really is a great country and baseball its great game.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2002

    Growing up Baseball: An Oral History

    Very exciting reading in this oral history of some 70 players ranging in reputation and era. How they got started on the road to the majors is told in detail with emotion and impact. The book is great reading. Oral histories come from such as Dom DiMaggio, Jim Palmer, Nolan Ryan, Keith Hernandez,Bob Feller, Don Zimmer,Todd Zeile, Ron Santo, Billy Williams, Bobby Brown, Scott Brosius, etc. A first for the father and son writing team of prolific author Harvey Frommer and his son Frederic.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2002

    Growing up Baseball: An Oral History

    The title and premise intrigued me. A series of mini-bios told in the first person by men who had actually made it to the "Big Leagues". I was looking for an answer, into my own psyche perhaps as to why the game is so compelling. Why do I stay up late for Opening Day and to watch every possible minute of the World Series? Why is Opening Day for my home team so important that I consider it a national holiday and have not missed an opening day game most of my adult life, even traveling over 300 miles to be there. Why are celebrities like Tim Robbins, Susan Sarandon, Kevin Kostner and Billy Crystal so obviously obsessed with the game. Even presidents are drawn to the game, our current president owned a team, Bill Clinton is said to be "bonkers about baseball". It is not just America that is taken with the game. The Japanese passion is well documented as well as Cuba and the Dominican Republic. I thought if I could hear in their own words what brought many major leaguers to the game I could find a commonality and understand why I am so gripped by the game. In Growing Up Baseball players from the past and present, ones who had afleeting time in the major leagues to ones who are icons- discuss their intimate childhood memories of the game. Players who grew up with and without TV and /or in areas where there was no access to major or minor league teams and areas where cities have several major league teams all have the same passion for the game. Chuck Stevens - Played three years for the St. Louis Browns. Grew up occasionally hearing games on the radio and reading ticker tape reports of World Series games. But spent 23 years in the Browns organization. Scott Brosius - NY Yankees third baseman, knew he wanted to be a major leaguer from age three, but never saw a major league game until he was drafted by the Oakland A's at 22-years old. Jose Cardenal -Native of Cuba whose whole family's life was devoted to baseball. His father played, his older brother played for the Army League, his cousin is Bert "Campy" Campaneris and his sister was the only female official scorer in Cuba. Signed by the Giants but couldn't get very much playing time due to the existing outfield of Mays, McCovey and the Alou brothers, was later traded and played 18 years in the majors. The stories recount tales of parents who encouraged, parents who discouraged. Idols who became mentors. Boys who became men. While Growing Up Baseball was not able to give me insight into my own obsession it does give intimate details and takes a peak into the childhood of majors leaguers who we love so much and always wanted to be.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2002

    Growing up Baseball: An Oral History

    Growing Up Baseball is the first oral history that reveals the dreams of a select few who actually made it to the major leagues. In their own words, players like Nolan Ryan, Bob Feller, "Sparky" Anderson, Jim Palmer, and Bob Tewksbury share their early memories of playing catch with their dads or baseball with their brothers in the neighborhood or on the farm. These experiences ignited the dream and indelibly shaped the futures of the sixty-nine players highlighted in this book authored by father and son, Harvey and Frederic Frommer. During their first-hand interviews, the authors discovered such interesting facts as: ¿ Dom DiMaggio polished his fielding skills playing catch with brother Joe on the steep hills of San Francisco ¿ Bob Feller was lucky to have a father who built him a complete baseball field in a pasture on their Des Moines, Iowa far m in 1930-the first "Field of Dreams." ¿ Keith Hernandez started at age five to catch and hit tennis balls thrown to him by his minor league infielder father. ¿ Monte Irvin played many years in the Negro Leagues until his dream of making it to the majors came true at age 51. ¿ Bob Tewksbury still has memories of wet baseballs from playing in the early spring snows of New Hampshire. From baseball's greatest players to those less frequently remembered, the heart-warming stories in Growing Up Baseball are a reminder that there is a time in a player's career when everything seems possible.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2002

    FOR THE TRUE BASEBALL FAN

    Before these major leaguers were raking in the millions, they were just kids playing ball wherever they could find some space -- in the street, in a field, by the side of the house. In their own words, you read their stories of childhood baseball innocence. An excellent, insightful read, including some of the biggest names in baseball.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2001

    Growing up Baseball: An Oral History

    'Harvey Frommer, who has written 'a million baseball books' and his son Frederic, who has written his first one, have written the oral history - - GROWING UP BASEBALL. I enjoyed it. The book underscores the old Roy Campanella quote: 'To play this game, you've got to have a lot of little boy in you.' If you love the game of baseball, pick up this book, GROWING UP BASEBALL. ' .

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2001

    Growing up Baseball: An Oral History

    Growing Up Baseball is another type of oral history, one which encompasses a common theme. In this case, as the title indicates, current and former major leaguers relate their introduction to the game. Most, as tradition might dictate, learned at the feet of dad, the pastoral image of fathers and sons playing catch. Some praise the help of a little league, high school or college coach as pointing them in the right direction. Those who share their experiences run the gamut from all-time legends such as Bob Feller and Ralph Kiner to today's role players like Darryl Hamilton and Adam Kennedy. It also spans the decades, from Elden Auker, who first pitched for the Tigers in 1933 to players currently plying their trade. It's eye-opening to see the differences between the childhood experiences of a Feller and the modern player: the advantages of the latter (and not just financially) makes one wonder why the quality isn't better. Frommer, with the help of his son, does his usual excellent job, whether the topic is New York City baseball, Joe Jackson or photographic compilations

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2001

    Growing up Baseball: An Oral History

    Contains a rich & varied montage of memories from baseball players & fans across generations & cultures.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2001

    Growing up Baseball: An Oral History

    The Frommers,a father-son team, cover all the bases. This book is a rich and varied montage of so many aspects of the national pastime - a job, a book well done.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2001

    Growing up Baseball: An Oral History

    Very exciting reading in this oral history of some 70 players ranging in reputation and era. How they got started on the road to the majors is told in detail with emotion and impact. The book is great reading. Oral histories come from such as Dom DiMaggio, Jim Palmer, Nolan Ryan, Keith Hernandez,Bob Feller, Don Zimmer,Todd Zeile, Ron Santo, Billy Williams, Bobby Brown, Scott Brosius, etc. A first for the father and son writing team of prolific author Harvey Frommer and his son Frederic.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
Sort by: Showing all of 13 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)