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Baseball’s premier national television

analyst Tim McCarver presents fascinating

tales from the game’s greatest players and


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Baseball’s premier national television

analyst Tim McCarver presents fascinating

tales from the game’s greatest players and


Tim McCarver’s Diamond Gems is a treasure trove of

fabulous anecdotes from the many baseball celebrities

who have appeared on “The Tim McCarver Show.”

A valuable mix of baseball history with a personal

touch, this book is a natural for everyone who loves

the game. Includes tales from baseball greats Sandy Koufax, Stan

Musial, Hank Aaron, Ernie Banks, Willie Mays, Yogi Berra, Tom Seaver, Cal Ripken Jr., Johnny

Bench, Don Mattingly, Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Chipper Jones, David Wright, and many more.

“Baseball is THE storyteller’s game. So, if you love the game, you’ll love Tim McCarver’s treasure trove of stories. And you’ll also understand why Tim never has to fear a rain delay.”

—Bob Costas, NBC & HBO Sports

"Tim McCarver's Diamond Gems is the modern version of The Glory Of Their Times. It's fun and engaging and instructive and even sweet now and then. Tim could always call the pitches, and he also seems to get everyone to deliver their best stuff here.”

––Frank Deford, author, The Entitled

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071545945
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/21/2008
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.93 (d)

Meet the Author

Tim McCarver

Tim McCarver was a major league catcher from 1959 to 1980 and World Series MVP in 1964 with the St. Louis Cardinals. A six-time Emmy winner, McCarver was ranked by TV Guide as one of the top ten sportscasters of all-time in its all-century edition. His acclaimed “The Tim McCarver Show” is enjoying its seventh season on television after two years on national radio. He lives in Sarasota, Florida.

Jim Moskovitz is the creator and producer of Chevrolet's “The Tim McCarver Show.” He has written and produced several long-running television series, prime-time specials, and sports books. He lives and works with his wife, Joyce, in Manhattan.

Danny Peary is the writer-researcher for "The Tim McCarver Show." This is his third book with McCarver. He lives in New York City and Sag Harbor, New York.

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Table of Contents

Foreword   George Will     ix
Acknowledgments     xiii
Introduction     xv
Filling Out the Lineup Card     1
Earl Weaver     1
Don Zimmer     6
Jack McKeon     12
Tommy Lasorda     13
Joe Torre     18
Tony La Russa     24
Bobby Valentine     27
Lou Piniella     29
Willie Randolph     32
The Catchers     35
Yogi Berra     35
Bob Uecker     43
Johnny Bench     45
Gary Carter     49
Ivan Rodriguez     51
Paul Lo Duca     52
The First Basemen     55
Tony Perez     55
Keith Hernandez     57
Don Mattingly     60
Carlos Delgado     62
Second to No One: On Jackie Robinson     65
Ralph Branca     65
Larry Doby     66
Ralph Kiner     67
Robin Roberts     68
Hank Aaron     69
Frank Robinson     70
Willie Mays     70
The Third Basemen     71
MikeSchmidt     71
Wade Boggs     76
Scott Brosius     81
Chipper Jones     83
David Wright     87
The Shortstops     89
Ernie Banks     89
Bucky Dent     92
Ozzie Smith     96
Cal Ripken Jr.     99
Alex Rodriguez     103
Derek Jeter     105
The Left Fielders     109
Stan Musial     109
Ralph Kiner     112
Don Baylor     116
The Center Fielders     121
Larry Doby     121
Willie Mays     125
Bobby Murcer     130
Mookie Wilson     133
The Right Fielders     137
Enos Slaughter     137
Hank Aaron     143
Frank Robinson     147
Ken Singleton     149
Dave Winfield     151
Tony Gwynn     156
Gary Sheffield     160
The Righty Rotation     163
Robin Roberts     163
Bob Gibson     167
Jim Bouton     176
Jim Palmer     179
Tom Seaver     186
Bert Blyleven     190
The Righty Rotation II (1977-present)     193
Jack Morris     193
Ron Darling     196
Roger Clemens     198
David Cone     199
John Smoltz     207
Tim Hudson     212
The Lefties     215
Warren Spahn     215
Whitey Ford     220
Sandy Koufax     223
Jim Kaat     225
Tom Glavine     232
Al Leiter     236
The Bullpen     239
Rollie Fingers     239
Dennis Eckersley     244
Dave Righetti     248
Mike Stanton     252
Joe Torre on Mariano Rivera     254
Index     257
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  • Posted June 15, 2010

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    The perfect book to take down memory lane

    Anyone who is a baseball fan has probably already heard of Red Sox's Don Nava and his amazing grand slam homer. It was his first time up to bat in the majors, very first ball no less, and it instantly made all his dreams come true. It's also the stuff legends are forged from. Tim McCarver, who has interviewed many legendary baseball players has culled some of the best ones, in this book. There are the bloopers, the scandals, the homers, record breakers, and anecdotes galore. As a young baseball fan, I never thought I'd live to learn that Mike Schmit, third baseman, Phillies admitted to being infallible. "It's unfortunate that when I was young, I was so sensitive to let the booing of the Philadelphia fans hurt me and affect how I played. At times, it made me play too hard and try too much." (pg.73) My sincerest apologies heading Mike's way for all the things I thought about him.

    This book starts off first with gems from many managers, whose candid take on the game and at times, somewhat nostalgic views get the old wheels turning. As Bobby Valentine claims, "...I like the whole gig. I like the preparation, I like watching the players perform and being with them as they do it, and I like being with the press and fans when it's over." (pg. 29) That is simply "managing in a nutshell." We whirl around the field looking in the nooks and crannies of baseball player's lives as they peruse their memories for the winners. Some, I must say, were on the somewhat embarrassing side. Take for instance when Bob Uecker made the costly mistake of picking up a Dixieland musician's tuba and decided to play catch with it. Talk about a dent in a guy's reputation and a hole in his pocket.

    Naturally, when any career move is made there is usually a bit of parental comment. Yogi Berra, the least talented ball player in the family, asked his dad if he could play professionally when he got the opportunity. The curt reply was, "Nothing doing. You have to work." (pg. 35) The rest of that story is a classic gem the reader will find quite amusing. When Carlos Delgado told his dad he'd rather play volleyball, the logical response was, "How many Puerto Ricans do you see playing professional volleyball?" (pg. 63) He had a point there. Memories and trivia speckle the pages of this book. Let's see if you have a crackerjack baseball memory. Who was the player who would do a flip on Fan Appreciation Day? Why did they lower the mound?

    If you love baseball, you're going to love this book. I must admit there were a few times I blinked my eyes with amazement with some of the admissions, the "Hey, I'd never say that!" type of gems. This book was a fun learning experience. Some of the golden moments of baseball are recorded in these pages and it is easy to see why a player would celebrate or curse an unusual event. Take for instance, when Tom Seaver stepped on the mound after sitting on the disabled list for a month and threw a no-hitter. He may have cursed a bit when he began to feel the pain of his injury, but finished up and had something to celebrate the rest of his life. Gems . . . all of these vignettes were fun to read and at times the memories came back and I almost could hear the crowds cheering, or jeering as the case may be (sorry again, Mike).

    Quill says: This is the perfect book to take down memory lane. Get out your peanuts, popcorn, or Cracker Jacks and get ready to read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2008

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    Tim McCarver's 'Diamond Gems' is a comprehensive collection of anecdotes and stories from the legends of the baseball diamond. These stories, gleaned from McCarver's internationally syndicated, talk show, weave an almost mythologial tapestry of the mindset of the greats of baseball. Stan Musial claims he was a 'low ball hitter and a highball drinker.' These stories divulge amazing and often profound revelations. Don Mattingly credits Lou Piniella as the person who taught him how to hit for power in the majors Mike Schmidt, with sadness that oozes off the page, regrets that he didn't have a friendlier relationship with the Philly fans and Alex Rodriguez and Cal Ripken relate the same story of how Ripken was pushed into playing shortstop for one last time during his last all star game appearance. This gem of a story is told from the point of view from Ripken and Rodriguez and neatly juxtaposed in the book. With stories like these how can you lose? 'Diamond Gems' is a must-read for all baseball fans and sports enthusiasts alike. Everyone will have their favorite stories, their favorite gems from the baseball diamond.

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