You Never Forget Your First: Ballplayers Recall Their Big League Debuts

You Never Forget Your First: Ballplayers Recall Their Big League Debuts

by Josh Lewin
     
 

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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 behindSee more details below

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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 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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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Great stories plus great memories equals great reading."
Manny Ramirez

"Anyone that tells you they don't have butterflies that first day is lying to you....I could feel the butterflies in my stomach every minute. On the way to the stadium, more butterflies. In the clubhouse, butterflies, and when I saw I'd be playing, I could hardly breathe, man."—Manny Ramirez
Cal Ripken

"Excitement just shoots through you when [the callup] happens. You can't sleep the whole night. I know I didn't."—Cal Ripken
Albert Pujols

"My family called me. They knew before I did! . . . They said 'Yeah, it's all over the news, you're going to open in the big leagues.'...Later, Tony La Russa made it official. . . . I gave myself permission to be excited then."—Albert Pujols
At the Yard

"Chock-full of real life stories from our favorite players. . . . A must read for any baseball enthusiast."—At the Yard
Tim McCarver

"Great stories plus great memories equals great reading."—Tim McCarver

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781612344126
Publisher:
Potomac Books Inc.
Publication date:
08/31/2005
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
27 MB
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