Out of My League

Out of My League

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-base-line 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-base-line 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 every young boy's forgotten dream of heroics on a baseball diamond; and for that fact alone, OUT OF MY LEAGUE remains one of George Plimpton's most beloved works.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781558212381
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
10/01/1993
Series:
Sports Library
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
150
Product dimensions:
5.39(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.49(d)

Meet the Author

GEORGE PLIMPTON, the originator of "participatory journalism," is the editor of The Paris Review. His books include Paper Lion, The Bogey Man, Open Net, Shadow Box and Mad Ducks and Bears. He lives in New York City.

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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