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Sleeper Cars and Flannel Uniforms brings baseball legends to life through the eyes of Elden Auker, a submarine—style pitcher in the American League from 1933 through 1942. Auker, one of the last living pitchers to have faced Babe Ruth, teamed with baseball greats Ted Williams, Hank Greenberg, Jimmie Foxx, Charlie Gehringer, and Mickey ...

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Overview

Kick back and take a trip back in time to meet some of baseball's all—time great personalities, with one of them as your own personal guide.

Sleeper Cars and Flannel Uniforms brings baseball legends to life through the eyes of Elden Auker, a submarine—style pitcher in the American League from 1933 through 1942. Auker, one of the last living pitchers to have faced Babe Ruth, teamed with baseball greats Ted Williams, Hank Greenberg, Jimmie Foxx, Charlie Gehringer, and Mickey Cochrane, played against the likes of Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Dizzy Dean, and Bob Feller, and struck up off—the—field friendships with many of them. He takes readers behind the scenes and into the clubhouse for stories like the time Babe Ruth pummeled a sticky—fingered roommate who later went on to have a Hall of Fame career of his own.

But the baseball anecdotes are only part of what make this lively memoir fascinating reading. Auker went on to a life and career after baseball that saw him forge friendships with politicians, business leaders, entertainers, and other personalities. From fishing with Joseph P. Kennedy to golfing with President Ford, Auker tells the story of his life with humor, grace, and refreshing candor.

"Elden Auker just notched career victory #131. This book's a winner!" —Bob Costas

"As a rule, nothing is more boring than listening to someone talk about himself when I want to talk about myself. Elden Auker is a rare exception to that rule." —Tommy Lasorda

Tom Keegan is a baseball columnist for the New York Post and has covered major league baseball for newspapers in Orange County, Chicago, Baltimore, and New York.

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In the past few years there has been a dearth of quality baseball books that don't deal with the Mets, Yankees, or one of baseball's new millionaires. This book of reminiscences by 1930s pitcher Elden Auker breaks this trend. Only the most dedicated fan could still identify Auker as one of the rare submarine pitchers in the Major Leagues, but all fans will find his recollections enjoyable. Now over 90, Auker recalls his boyhood growing up in Kansas and pitching against the great Negro Leagues star Satchel Paige, his Major League career with several teams, and a post-baseball business career that included a particularly interesting visit on Cape Cod fishing with Joseph P. Kennedy. Auker recalls his relations with such stars of his era as Lou Gehrig, Hank Greenberg, Jimmie Foxx, and Ted Williams, and the closeness that traveling together by train brought to a team of players. Auker was not a star, never winning 20 games, but he played on two pennant winners and one must wonder what his talents might be worth today. This memoir deserves wide reading and is highly recommended for all public and school libraries. William Scheeren, Hempfield Area H.S. Lib., Greensburg, PA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781892049254
  • Publisher: Triumph Books
  • Publication date: 4/28/2001
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.73 (w) x 8.72 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2001

    Wow! What a remarkably compelling, page-turning read.

    Why did it take 60 years for someone to finally capture this magical era of baseball in such colorful detail. This book reads like a novel, or like a compilation of 24 short stories, one as riveting as the next. I heard Elden Auker interviewed on the radio by Chet Coppock and was amazed at how youthful he sounded. The book, like the man, is ageless. What a remarkable life he lives and what an amazing job he did in capturing that life in a book that isn't done justice when called a baseball book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2001

    This is a MUST buy!!!

    I was famililar with the names: Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Mickey Cochrane, Dizzy Dean, Hank Greenberg, Charlie Gehringer, Jimmie Foxx, Lefty Grove. Now, after reading this book, I feel as if I know the people. This was such a breezy, entertaining and at times shocking read that if it had been fiction it still would have been difficult to put down. That it's a book about real people and real stories makes it all the more fascinating. Best of all, it's far more than a baseball book. Elden Auker preaches, through life experiences, the value of an athlete knowing more than his sport in such a way it makes this book a must-read for any child or parent involved in sports. Too bad Tom Wolfe already chose the title 'A Man in Full,' because Elden Auker, at the age of 90 and going strong, is indeed a Man in Full. I can't get over how good this book is, especially considering I hadn't heard of either author until I read it. It's so much on my brain I decided to rank the chapters from one through 24 in terms of which I found most enjoyable. I couldn't. There isn't a dull paragraph, much less a dull page or chapter. Bob

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2001

    Baseball Stories Circa 1930's and 40's

    Elden Auker takes one back to the era he pitched in the 1930's and 40's. He played for the Tigers, Red Soxs and St.Louis Browns.His stories are about players he knew and played against such as Ruth, Gehrig, Greenberg, Foxx, and Cochrane. This is an enjoyable read of days gone by.

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