For his first book, baseball fan Jones has collected 51 interviews he conducted during the 2006 and 2007 baseball seasons. Presented in a q&a format preceded by short bios, the interviews cover all the bases: owners, general managers, managers, coaches, players, umpires, media, vendors and ushers. The talks are fairly uniform, as speakers discuss how they reached their current positions, what their jobs entail and what it means to them to work in baseball. Many of the players and execs play it pretty close to the vest, but a few recognizable names open up to Jones. For example, MLB's VP for on-field operations, Bob Watson, chats candidly about a host of colorful topics including how the Yankees overpaid when they traded for Chuck Knoblauch, who could "have been had for, maybe not a broken bat, but a good bat." But it's the small nuggets of information that epitomize this book: how much does a ballboy make? what's Omar Vizquel's preferred bat? where does Boston's Sausage Guy go to the bathroom? As Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan writes in the book's foreword, just "skip through the pages" and find someone that interests you. (May)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Working at the Ballpark: The Fascinating Lives of Baseball People--from Peanut Vendors and Broadcasters to Players and Managersby Tom Jones
What if Studs Terkel wrote a book with Bill James? You'd have a book on what it's really like to make a living in the world of baseball. For everyone who ever dreamed of making their love of baseball into their vocation, Working at the Ballpark will provide a view at their lives that might have been, with interviews with more than 50 people who make a living in… See more details below
What if Studs Terkel wrote a book with Bill James? You'd have a book on what it's really like to make a living in the world of baseball. For everyone who ever dreamed of making their love of baseball into their vocation, Working at the Ballpark will provide a view at their lives that might have been, with interviews with more than 50 people who make a living in major league baseball. Each is asked the same questions: What is your job? How did you get into this line of work? What does this job mean to you? From peanut vendors and equipment managers to general managers and star players, from John Guilfoy, who sells sausages at Fenway, to Chris Hanson, who plays "Bernie Brewer" in Milwaukee, to Omar Vizquel, who anchors the infield at AT&T Park, this is an insider's perspective on the enormous scope of the game.
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Here are insightful interviews with baseball folk-50 men and two women (a percentage well below women's still-low numbers in off-field positions). In their own words, edited slightly "for clarity and brevity," they speak about their work, how they got where they are, and what it means to them. Arranged thematically, from front office to playing positions, ballpark crew, and reporters, the resulting mixture of the personal and vernacular with the precision expertise gained only over years of devotion to the game is fascinating. Strongly recommended for public libraries.Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Tom Jones is a lifelong baseball fanatic. This is his first book. He lives in Sacramento, California.
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I read a lot of sports books, especially baseball books. This is a fabulous read. Entertaining and educational. The author did a superb job of getting people to talk about working in major league baseball. A great cross-section of interesting people who talk in their own words about the baseball lifestyle. Also, I especially enjoyed reading Nolan Ryan's Foreword. Great job!
Just finished this outstanding baseball book. Loved the format. Reminds me of books by Studs Terkel. Especially appreciate the candor of the players, coaches, and the umpire. Great stuff. Rarely do fans get a chance to go behind the scenes of a major league game. I enjoyed reading about the Cleveland Indians's clubhouse manager, the ticket hustler at Fenway Park, and Bernie Brewer, the Milwuakee mascot. I didn't know all the stuff that goes on with all these people who work in baseball.