A Catcher's Story - For the baseball genre, there has been nothing like A Catcher's Story by Jim Hibbs. In his own words, up close and personal, it is the saga of a catcher offered $25,000 out of high school from the Yankees, following his Hall of Fame days at Stanford University and first team All-American play. Jim was also USA Team member under legendary USC's Rod Dedeaux in the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo.
You will ride along during his eight professional years including playing for Tommy Lasorda, the California Angels, spring training with rookie manager Sparky Anderson, icons Leo Duroucher, Ernie Banks, teammate Tony LaRussa and learn what it was like to face 100 mph pitcher J.R. Richard. Many other big names are captured in personal snapshots and fresh vignettes.
But that is only the context. A Catcher's Story was written to settle a score. BLACK rose, in his book Charlie Hustle, described it as a "spectacular collision at home with catcher Jim Hibbs."
Now it's Jim's turn to tell his riveting side about the outcome of the lowest, vilest "slide" by the gambling addict who tarnished his career and the great game itself by betting on baseball. When cornered with the evidence before him by Commissioner Bart Giamonte, BLACK rose screamed he would show them he was bigger than they were.
But it isn't just about drama and excitement. There's more than a fair share of frustration to play through, a ton to learn and experience, and a cast of thousand of other baseball hopefuls being shepherded by some of the games greatest managers. You'll meet Tommy Lasorda, Sparky Anderson, Leo the Lip Durocher, Tony LaRussa and Whitey Lockman., hear there stories recounted in Jim's home spun prose.
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