Scooter: The Biography of Phil Rizzuto

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Phil Rizzuto Enjoyed Stellar Careers on the Baseball Diamond and in the Broadcast Booth, but Neither Came Easy. The scrappy New York native earned his spot on the Yankees by becoming one of the best defensive shortstops in baseball history. While his casual manner and neighborhood charm earned Rizzuto disdain from announcers who believed that former players had no business in a broadcast booth, those trademark; characteristics further endeared him to the sport's most devoted ...

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Phil Rizzuto Enjoyed Stellar Careers on the Baseball Diamond and in the Broadcast Booth, but Neither Came Easy. The scrappy New York native earned his spot on the Yankees by becoming one of the best defensive shortstops in baseball history. While his casual manner and neighborhood charm earned Rizzuto disdain from announcers who believed that former players had no business in a broadcast booth, those trademark; characteristics further endeared him to the sport's most devoted fans.

This remarkable biography is a unique portrait of Hall of Famer Phil "Scooter" Rizzuto—tenacious competitor, World War II veteran, businessman, broadcaster, and unforgettable baseball legend.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781600781650
  • Publisher: Triumph Books
  • Publication date: 4/28/2010
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.46 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 1.34 (d)

Table of Contents

Prologue vii

Introduction xi

I Learning the Infield

Chapter 1 Bridge of the Future and the Trolley Dodgers 1

Chapter 2 Al Kunitz 13

Chapter 3 Tales from the South 31

Chapter 4 Go West Young Man 45

II At Play in Ruth's House

Chapter 5 Little Dago 59

Chapter 6 Scooter in Love and War 95

III The View From the Booth

Chapter 7 In the Broadcast Booth 195

Epilogue 323

Acknowledgments 325

Notes 327

Index 359

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  • Posted July 30, 2010

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    Holy Cow, the Scooter has a book!

    Fun biography of the little shortstop from Glendale, New York who was constantly told that he was too small to be a ballplayer. Phil was scouted by several major league teams who gave up when then saw his diminutive size. During one tryout with the Dodgers, Casey Stengel told him that he should get his shoeshine kit and shine shoes.

    Finally a tryout with the Yankees was his ticket to a professional career. First playing under Joe McCarthy and then for Casey Stengel, the man who had insulted him years earlier. The book shows the animosity that existed between the two men and Rizzuto was supposedly bitter long after Stengel's death.

    Some interesting side stories including one time where Rizzuto was forced to do a favor for DiMaggio in an out of the way place in New Jersey and after reluctantly going he happened to see a young woman that fascinated him. He ends up camped out in that little New Jersey place for a month trying to coax the woman into dates. That woman, Cora, would later be his wife.

    Other side stories include how the Navy almost prevented his wedding by insisting he play a baseball game for them. It was only through the strength of the other players refusing to play that allowed him to attend his own wedding.

    Not one of the best baseball biographies I have read but a good book nonetheless!

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