Publishers Weekly - Publisher's WeeklyThere are many in baseball who will question whether Williams ever was Mr. Nice Guy, for he stepped on a great many toes in his 20-year managerial career. Yet he will always be acknowledged as a winner in both leagues with great teams like the Oakland A's of the early '70s and awful ones as well, like the Seattle Mariners of the mid-'80s. Because, as he notes here, he is a battler and disdains players who are not, he feels out of step with today's pampered, moody, overpaid athletes. The outspoken Williams, writing with freelancer Plaschke, even blasts certain owners, rare in a baseball autobiography: Tom Yawkey, Charley Finley, Ray and Joan Kroc, among others. But he has heroes, too, like Carl Yastrzemski, Reggie Jackson and Goose Gossage, his type of stars. Diamond fans will enjoy the book immensely. (Sept.)
Library Journal - Library JournalThe title of this fast-paced memoir is an ironic one. During his 21-year managerial career, Williams was known for his hard-bitten, confrontational ways with players and management. He had a passion--indeed a compulsion--for winning. He won pennants for three different teams. His first pennant for the Boston Red Sox in 1967 was judged to be a baseball miracle. Williams shows baseball life as it is in his book. One of the main themes is the effect of the travel, daily grind, and pressures on a manager's family. His stressful baseball career nearly ruined Williams's family life. Late in his career Williams discovered that whatever joy he once felt in baseball had faded. As a manager in the new Senior League he is finding happiness and contentment. Recommended for larger sports collections.-- Paul Kaplan, Highland Park P.L., Ill.
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