Out of My League: The Classic Hilarious Account of an Amateur's Ordeal in Professional Baseball

Out of My League: The Classic Hilarious Account of an Amateur's Ordeal in Professional Baseball

by George Plimpton
     
 

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A classic of sport, and the first of George Plimpton's remarkable forays into participatory journalism, Out of My League chronicles with wit, charm, and grace what happens when a self-professed amateur wonders how he would fare on a baseball mound in a major league game.

On an ordinary afternoon in the third-baseline seats of Yankee Stadium, Plimpton hits

Overview

A classic of sport, and the first of George Plimpton's remarkable forays into participatory journalism, Out of My League chronicles with wit, charm, and grace what happens when a self-professed amateur wonders how he would fare on a baseball mound in a major league game.

On an ordinary afternoon in the third-baseline seats of Yankee Stadium, Plimpton hits on what seems an inspired idea - to get on the mound and pitch a few innings to the All-Stars of the American and National Leagues. What begins as a fun-filled stunt, for the "average man" to pitch in the Big Leagues, comes to a nearly humiliating end. This honest and hilarious tale features Mickey Mantle, Billy Martin, Willie Mays, Ernie Banks, Whitey Ford, Ralph Houk, Richie Ashburn, and other baseball greats. What happens when America's favorite sports dilettante tries his arm against the likes of Hall-of-Fame baseball players recalls the dreams of diamond heroics of every man who still has the noble heart of youth beating in him and the fears of anyone who has taken a lump or two from life.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Beautifully observed and incredibly conceived, this account of a self-imposed ordeal has the chilling quality of a true nightmare. It is the dark side of the moon of Walter Mitty."—Ernest Hemingway"

A baseball book such as no one else ever wrote, and one of the best ever."—New York Herald Tribune"

Out of My League copes with the problem of the imaginary nightmare of walking every batter and the glittering triumph (the shutout) of striking them out, one after the other."—Marianne Moore

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781599218083
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
01/26/2010
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.40(d)

Read an Excerpt

I stared miserably out into the locker room. Actually the room was crowded and noisy and there was nothing really in that atmosphere to inspire an attack of nerves: across the way Ashburn was getting on toward the end of This Week in Baseball; a few players were seated around their table pushing ballpoint pens slowly aacrss the horsehide surfaces of baseballs; the noise and laughter came from a tight circle of reporters and admiring surrounding a player, pumping him, and smoke lifted out thickly, illuminated periodically by the blue blink of a flash camera. No one was aware of me, or questioning my presence in a player's cubicle, and yet my knees were were quivering and I began to yawn helplessly—the thick weight of nerves draining me of energy.

Meet the Author

George Plimpton (1927-2003) was the bestselling author and editor of nearly thirty books, as well as the cofounder, publisher, and editor of the Paris Review. He wrote regularly for such magazines as Sports Illustrated and Esquire, and he appeared numerous times in films and on television.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
March 18, 1927
Date of Death:
September 25, 2003
Place of Birth:
New York, NY
Place of Death:
New York, NY
Education:
B.A. in English Literature, Harvard University, 1950; Master's degree, Cambridge University, 1952

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