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My Father's Game: Life, Death, Baseball
     

My Father's Game: Life, Death, Baseball

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by Rick Wilber
 

During his long baseball career, Del Wilber caught for the Red Sox, Cardinals and Phillies; managed 6 minor league teams; scouted for 4 major league clubs; and served as third base coach for the Senators. Written by his son, Rick, this elegant memoir recalls Wilber's life from the unique perspective of a son who grew up in major league dugouts, experienced the joys

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During his long baseball career, Del Wilber caught for the Red Sox, Cardinals and Phillies; managed 6 minor league teams; scouted for 4 major league clubs; and served as third base coach for the Senators. Written by his son, Rick, this elegant memoir recalls Wilber's life from the unique perspective of a son who grew up in major league dugouts, experienced the joys and hardships that go along with having a big-league dad, and served as his father's caregiver after he became terminally ill. The book is a moving account of the major leaguer's life and the emotionally exasperating ordeal of caring for a dying parent.

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Broad Street Review
It couldn't have been easy to write this book. It isn't particularly easy to read it. But whether you care about baseball or not, it speaks valuably to the experience many of us will have on one side of the life cycle or the other, and ultimately perhaps both. ... [It] may well become a classic in the literature.
Novelist Kathleen Ann Goonan
a beautifully rendered biography, a family memoir, and a near-essential companion for those of us faced with the responsibility and privilege of sharing our parent's lives as they age. With grace, with anger, and with the strong tools of truth and love, Rick Wilber gives that essential gift of the writer by somehow, magically and invisibly, linking his journey through the difficult emotional and physical work of caring for his mother and father with our own as we care for ours. Reading My Father's Game will indeed give you a unique and marvelous glimpse of baseball history, but its real value is that it will also ease the tribulations of this difficult passage by showing you that you are not alone.
author of Wrigleyville, Bums, and Red Sox Nation - Peter Golenbock
Rick Wilber's powerful memoir is a work of uncommon courage. In it he cares for demanding, ailing parents while trying to be the best husband, father, and teacher he can be. It's an impossible task, it turns out, and as he relives the frustration, pain, and anger, we watch fascinated as the drama plays out. My Father's Game is an honest, affecting book that will touch you deeply.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786429844
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
11/12/2007
Pages:
214
Sales rank:
1,168,119
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Rick Wilber is a journalism professor at the University of South Florida. He lives in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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My Father's Game: Life, Death, Baseball 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
TheIcemanCometh More than 1 year ago
A powerful, bittersweet memoir of a father and of a game that was his life, in the words of a son devoted to both.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a must read for anyone coping with the decline in health of a parent or for anyone in a caregiving role. Mr. Wilbur captures in print the meaning of caring for a former career baseball father in his fall from his glory years.