This is the story of a town's love affair with its team and the colorful characters who have worn the Rochester flannels over the years. Taking us back to the early nineteenth century when the game was played in the meadows and the streets of Rochester, New York, the authors retrace the careers of the managers and players who honed their skills in the old ballpark at 500 Norton Street. The many greats who played for the Red Wings - Stan Musial, Bob Gibson, Boog Powell, Eddie Murray, Cal Ripken, Jr., and Jim Palmer - are among those brought to life in a story rich with quirky performances and poignant moments.
Claiming that the city of Rochester has had a form of baseball since the 1820s, two journalists trace the often exciting story of the Rochester Red Wings. Part of the International League since 1877, the Wings have had their share of pennants, disappointments, and financial crises. The book celebrates the team's many great players and leaders, such as Billy Southworth, Stan Musial, Jim Palmer, Cal Ripken Jr., Joe Altobelli, Bob Gibson, and late owner Morrie Silver. Sure to be wanted in Red Wing territory and, given the rising popularity of minor league baseball, also worth considering elsewhere.Morey Berger, St. Joseph's Hospital Medical Lib., Tucson, Ariz.