O Holy Cow!: The Selected Verse of Phil Rizzuto

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Hall of Fame shortstop and Yankees broadcaster extraordinaire, the incomparable Phil Rizutto (1917-2007) waxed poetic on America's favorite pastime from the glorious days of Mantle and Maris well into the reign of Jeter and Rivera. For more than a quarter century the Bard of the Booth captured great moments in baseball—and effortlessly interwove them with essential and often hilarious insights into the human condition.

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Hall of Fame shortstop and Yankees broadcaster extraordinaire, the incomparable Phil Rizutto (1917-2007) waxed poetic on America's favorite pastime from the glorious days of Mantle and Maris well into the reign of Jeter and Rivera. For more than a quarter century the Bard of the Booth captured great moments in baseball—and effortlessly interwove them with essential and often hilarious insights into the human condition.

In loving commemoration and celebration of the life and career of an exceptional Man of Baseball, this new edition of O Holy Cow! includes a new foreword by baseball legend Bobby Murcer, a new poem written by editors Tom Peyer and Hart Seely, and more than sixty additional never-before-published masterworks of short, impromptu verse that capture the unmistakable voice of the unforgettable Rizzuto.

There has never been a baseball announcer like Phil Rizzuto. Gathered from over 25 years of broadcasts, O Holy Cow! captures the verse-inherent of Rizzuto's banter, his humor, and, indeed, his wisdom. 128 pp.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780880015332
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/21/1997
  • Pages: 107
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.56 (h) x 0.36 (d)

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O Holy Cow!
The Selected Verse of Phil Rizzuto

Field of Butterflies

Absolutely!
If you don't get a little,
A few butterflies,
No matter what you do,
On the first day of anything,
You're not human.

April 12, 1991
New York at Kansas City
Storm Davis pitching to Steve Sax
First inning, no outs, bases empty
(First batter, opening day)
No score

O Holy Cow!
The Selected Verse of Phil Rizzuto
. Copyright © by Phil Rizzuto. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Field of Butterflies 1
Alienation 2
To Be Alone 3
On the Couch with Myself 4
Chaos 5
Time and Money 6
My Secret 7
From Slumber I Heard the Men at Work 8
Hero or the Goat 9
Imagine 10
Telly, Cary, and Frank 11
They Own the Wind 12
Prayer for the Captain 13
The Man in the Moon 15
The Bridge 16
Poem for The Last Picture Show 17
Never Say Never 18
Vincent 19
I Never Cried 20
I Walk with Fear 21
The Question of White's Whereabouts 22
White's Secret 23
Forever Young 24
The Penguin 25
T-Bone 26
To Speak with Espy, to Smile with Tears 27
The Way Mattingly Wants Them to Do 28
Challenge to Youth 29
Champion 30
Giliad 31
Kubek and Trautwig and Phillips or Powers 33
Dickie Poem Number One 35
Dickie Poem Number Two 36
1961 and 1991 37
Remember When 38
My Only Friend, the End 39
Poem No. 61 41
A Life for Mickey 42
Confrontation 43
DiMaggio's Bat 44
O What a Huddle Out There 46
I Really Should Be Going Home 49
Haiku 50
Joe R. 51
Poem for Jesse 53
Squirrels 54
Buns 55
Legs 56
Rocket Love 57
The Locked Door 58
On Journalism 59
Boxes 60
Q 61
Oklahoma 62
F. Y. I. 63
Concord 64
Paul Revere 65
Mythkill 66
Bubbles 67
California 69
Greenwich Time 71
Lake Effect 72
Colorado 73
Zamboanga 74
This Planet Warm and Human 75
Luck of the Irish 76
These Heaters 77
Glasses 78
My Nose 79
Dream Day 80
Symmetry 81
Wait a Minute 82
Mattingly's Surprise 83
Unwashed 84
Go Ahead, Seaver 85
Thought for Seaver 86
Instructions for the World 87
Reversal of Opinion 88
Observation 89
To Blow a Story 90
To Finish a Story 91
Doom Balloon 93
Grew 94
Very Frustrated 95
The Indelible Smell 96
Asylum 97
Possessions 98
Surprise Attack 99
Chess 100
Hall and Nokes 101
The Prince 102
Polonia's Hair 103
Mere Anarchy Is Loosed upon the World 104
Apodosis 105
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