You Never Forget Your First: Ballplayers Recall Their Big League Debuts [NOOK Book]

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Having already penned Getting in the Game, his inside scoop on the mayhem within baseball's winter meetings, Josh Lewin once again gives baseball fans a window into the big leagues. By interviewing big league ballplayers about their first day in the majors, Lewin creates fascinating mini-biographies of the players, highlighting the personalities hidden behind the on-field accomplishments. He lets the players recount their own memories of how ...
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You Never Forget Your First: Ballplayers Recall Their Big League Debuts

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Overview

Having already penned Getting in the Game, his inside scoop on the mayhem within baseball's winter meetings, Josh Lewin once again gives baseball fans a window into the big leagues. By interviewing big league ballplayers about their first day in the majors, Lewin creates fascinating mini-biographies of the players, highlighting the personalities hidden behind the on-field accomplishments. He lets the players recount their own memories of how they made it to the big leagues.

In You Never Forget Your First, Lewin shares the stories of players great and less so. Tony Gwynn recalls singling in his first at bat and finding Pete Rose waiting for him at first base with a wink and a warning: Don't break my record all at once, kid. Bob Brenly heard of his call-up on the car radio while on a family trip to the Grand Canyon. He then stood helplessly in the middle of the Arizona desert after his transmission gave out, trying to convince passersby he was a ballplayer heading to the big leagues and needed a lift to the airport. Duane Kuiper witnessed a fight both on the field and in his own clubhouse his first day in Cleveland. Greg Maddux recalls being stuck at the Chicago River drawbridge, convinced he'd never make it to Wrigley Field in time for his debut.

Lewin interviews modern star players such as A-Rod, Barry Bonds, and Manny Ramirez, as well as Hall of Famers such as Jim Palmer, Don Sutton, and George Brett. More than 100 popular baseball players are profiled, complete with the box scores of their big league debuts.
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"Great stories plus great memories equals great reading."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781612344126
  • Publisher: Potomac Books Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/31/2005
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 26 MB
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Meet the Author

JOSH LEWIN is a play-by-play announcer for Fox TV's "Saturday Game of the Week" and is the television voice of the Texas Rangers. A graduate of the Medill School of Journalism, he's worked with legendary broadcasters Jon Miller in Baltimore, Harry Caray in Chicago, and Ernie Harwell in Detroit. He lives in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     xi
Introduction     xiii
The Roster
Larry Andersen     2
Jeff Bagwell     4
Dusty Baker     6
Rocco Baldelli     8
Josh Beckett     10
Carlos Beltran     12
Lance Berkman     14
Craig Biggio     16
Hank Blalock     18
Barry Bonds     20
Bret Boone     23
Bob Brenly     25
George Brett     27
Kevin Brown     29
Steve Busby     31
Eric Byrnes     33
Sean Casey     35
Eric Chavez     37
Roger Clemens     39
Bobby Crosby     41
Johnny Damon     43
Carlos Delgado     46
Jim Deshaies     48
Darin Erstad     50
Steve Finley     52
Nomar Garciaparra     54
Kirk Gibson     56
Brian Giles     58
Tom Glavine     60
Luis Gonzalez     62
Danny Graves     64
Ken Griffey Jr.     66
Ozzie Guillen     68
Tony Gwynn     70
Roy Halladay     72
Keith Hernandez     74
Orel Hershiser     76
Trevor Hoffman     78
Al Hrabosky     80
Tim Hudson     82
Torii Hunter     84
Jason Isringhausen     86
Reggie Jackson     88
Andruw Jones     90
Chipper Jones     92
Al Kaline     94
Paul Konerko     96
Mike Krukow     98
Duane Kuiper     100
Barry Larkin     102
Tony La Russa     105
Mike Lieberthal     107
Kenny Lofton     109
Mark Loretta     111
Mike Lowell     113
Greg Maddux     115
Joe Magrane     117
Edgar Martinez     119
Pedro Martinez     121
Don Mattingly     123
Kevin Millar     125
Paul Molitor     127
Justin Morneau     129
Jamie Moyer     131
Mark Mulder     134
Bobby Murcer     136
Eddie Murray     138
Joe Nathan     140
Trot Nixon      142
Joe Nuxhall     144
Rafael Palmeiro     146
Jim Palmer     149
Lance Parrish     152
Tony Pena     154
Terry Pendleton     156
Tony Perez     158
Lou Piniella     160
Jorge Posada     162
Mark Prior     164
Albert Pujols     166
Manny Ramirez     168
Willie Randolph     171
Jerry Remy     173
Cal Ripken Jr.     175
Frank Robinson     178
Alex Rodriguez     180
Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez     182
Scott Rolen     184
Juan Samuel     186
Ron Santo     188
Curt Schilling     190
Jason Schmidt     193
Mike Scioscia     195
Ken Singleton     197
John Smoltz     199
Alfonso Soriano     202
Sammy Sosa     204
Steve Stone     206
Rick Sutcliffe     208
Don Sutton     210
Mark Teixeira     212
Jim Thome     214
Joe Torre     216
Alan Trammell      218
Omar Vizquel     221
Billy Wagner     223
Tim Wakefield     225
Larry Walker     227
David Wells     229
Vernon Wells     232
John Wetteland     234
Bernie Williams     236
Dontrelle Willis     238
Kerry Wood     240
David Wright     242
Ron Wright     244
Michael Young     247
Robin Yount     249
Barry Zito     251
About the Author     253
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    Posted August 19, 2005

    Lewin's a master

    A brilliant and innovative idea. Humanizes the men who wear the numbers. The minibiographies that introduce each player are filled with humor and insight as well as a great deal of context as to how the player fits into the modern game. The players' remembrances are charming.

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