Meandering Through the Minor Leagues: One announcer's thoughts from Myrtle Beach to Montana [NOOK Book]

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Running away from home with the circus is a prevalent theme in the American imagination. Griffith has not gone to that extreme but he has run away on more than one occasion with several minor league professional baseball teams. The title, Meandering Through the Minor Leagues, chronicles his minor league baseball broadcasting career that has taken him from Myrtle Beach to Maryland to Montana. Along the way he has written columns and articles that talk about people and subjects surrounding the game and not ...
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Meandering Through the Minor Leagues: One announcer's thoughts from Myrtle Beach to Montana

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Overview

Running away from home with the circus is a prevalent theme in the American imagination. Griffith has not gone to that extreme but he has run away on more than one occasion with several minor league professional baseball teams. The title, Meandering Through the Minor Leagues, chronicles his minor league baseball broadcasting career that has taken him from Myrtle Beach to Maryland to Montana. Along the way he has written columns and articles that talk about people and subjects surrounding the game and not exclusively about actual baseball games. Pro minor league baseball announcing has provided Griffith with a platform for getting to know people from all walks of life and he introduces them to you. He truly 'meanders' from subjects on baseball to life guarding. Do you desire to meander for a while? Then meander with him through his book.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940011921063
  • Publisher: garry griffith
  • Publication date: 11/8/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,198,173
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

The lore of professional minor league baseball has been documented and dramatized in print and film. Here is a book that chronicles the minor league life from the inside. Garry Griffith has been involved as a professional baseball minor league broadcaster since 1989 having broadcast in the Southern; Carolina; South Atlantic; Pioneer; and Frontier Leagues. Griffith does not provide a day-to-day diary approach nor does he concentrate on actual baseball games. Instead, his work focuses on the myriad of people he has encountered in his years of broadcasting. Written with humor and personal reflection, Griffith uses baseball as a prism for viewing life. This book will be enjoyed by fans - of baseball and of life.

Griffith has published in newspaper (Myrtle Beach Herald); online journal (Francis Marion University Journal of Mass Communication); and magazines (Coastal Carolina Sports and Recreation and Big Sky Journal) He is an assistant professor in the Mass Communication department at Francis Marion University in Florence, South Carolina where he teaches speech and introduction to sports broadcasting.

Besides being a broadcaster, writer, and teacher, he has been a minister and beach concessions' manager.
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  • Posted May 10, 2012

    Probably a good book

    Barns & Noble installed DRM on this e-book making it impossible to read on a Kindle. Apparently B&N is more interested in selling their Nook than in offering a wide distribution for lesser know authors.

    Too bad, Garry is a funny guy and I am sure his book is very good. I'm just not willing to shell out $150 to find out --- especially after dropping $200 on a Kindle Fire.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2013

    To whitewing

    Where is blazeclan

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2013

    Bluepaw

    *turns to butterpelt* who r u? Get out. Your not a part of this clan

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2013

    Fawnpaw to Rosethorn

    Are you locked out? Your post disappeared. Lets go back to result one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2013

    Spottedpaw

    Ooooooooohhh Butters loves Applepetal....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2013

    Mangoes

    She was at the new camp, at katanga. Cinderleap•~• "No, no! You can't do that! You're my prisoner!" She meowed, grinning, pushing his head down lightly with a paw. Applepetal{•} (Which result in katanga do you want to meet in?)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2013

    Whitewing

    Whitewing's eyes filled with tears. "I love you too, Butterpelt. I understand. I'll visit you." She mewed, before running back to BlazeClan at teapot.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2013

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    17

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2013

    Med Den

    Med Den

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  • Posted April 26, 2011

    Minor League Story, Major League Writings

    Baseball is a long, long season. It marches from the rainy, sometimes snowy days of April long into the Fall. By the time the World Series is finished, it is not uncommon for the calendar to read November. For most fans the season begins with a flurry of interest. No matter how bad your team was last year, or even how bad they will be this year, they are still in the hunt in April. Its easy to follow baseball in April. Nobody is injured and you know all the names on the jerseys. By the dog days of summer, its harder to be a fan. Sometimes you are unfamiliar with the players, your team is listing near the bottom of their division, and most likely you have conceded to be a seller at the trade deadline. In a number of ways, Garry Griffith's Meandering through the Minor Leagues is a perfect mirror to the major league season. His vignettes (presented in reverse chronological order) of the Minors are like character studies of small town america. Meandering is an incredible anthology of sketches. Some of the best work is in the first few chapters. Like the season, Garry jumps out of the gate like a writter riding the energy of a month of sequestered Spring Training. His stories from Normal, IL are his best. As the book moves on, it becomes the territory of diehard fans. Like those who religiously listen to broadcast and check boxscores in the heat of August, the middle of Meandering through the Minor Leagues can be a bit daunting. The nature of the book as a collection of other writtings leads to some repitition and some sections that approach boring. Thankfully there are the September call-ups. As the book rounds third base, it picks up speed. Some of the final essays get back to the tone the book had in its opening chapters. While not all of these final essays are directly about baseball, the tone is the same and they are interesting additions to the memoirs. Overall, this book is a good read. For diehard fans of the sport, they will love the anecdotes and character sketches the populate its pages. The casual fan may get lost in the middle. Nevertheless, this book should be required reading for any avid baseball fan and is a must read for anyone who holds season tickets to a minor league team.

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  • Posted March 8, 2011

    Fantastic story telling!

    Garry expertly captures the essence of the perfect summer - from a perspective few have. Traveling throughout small town America he takes the reader from ballpark to ballpark as he learns to experience the little things in life. A clean towel, a stable chair, and a middle of the night food run.

    His experience while on the road with various minor league baseball teams make for a great read.

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  • Posted February 17, 2011

    Great Read for Baseball Fans

    Garry has an absolute wealth of knowledge, and this book is a great trip for anyone who loves to travel and/or loves watching baseball. I was lucky enough to meet Garry some time ago, and I'm glad that I did, if for no other reason than to learn about this book. Do yourself a favor and pick this up!

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  • Posted January 9, 2011

    highly recommended

    A new and thoroughly enjoyable sports book has just emerged for all those who are sports enthusiasts, and, in particular, baseball. Dr. Garry Griffith, a Myrtle Beach area resident and professor of communication at Francis Marion University, has authored a book dedicated to the everyday life on the minor league level. Dr. Griffith was the original broadcaster for the Myrtle Beach Pelicans fro 1999 to 2005. During his many years of calling play-by-play, his travels have taken him to North Carolina, Tennessee, Montana and Illinois. His vast storehouse of knowledge and experiences on the minor league level are perhaps without precedent. He describes to us the hopes and dreams of the minor league player, the coaches, the trainors, and, yes, even the wonderful bus drivers who travel to each away game and deliver the announcer and the team to their next game. The book is an inside account of what life on the minor league circuit is all about, not only for him and his aspiratiions, but also the hopes, dreams and struggle for the minor leaguer who, while playing today, hopes for the next step to bring him closer to the major leagues tomorrow. The book recounts not only the seventy home games of the team, but also the seventy away games, the long, overnight, tedious journey to the next town or city for the next game. Dr. Griffith is a fine writer as well as a great broadcaster. His passion for baseball may only be exceeded by his passion for broadcasting.

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    Posted January 10, 2011

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