This book profiles the members of Binghamton's Baseball Shrine and also discusses the history of baseball in Binghamton, from the Crickets, to the Bingos, to the Triplets and the current day Double-A team, the Binghamton Mets. The book is full of amusing stories, including the day Ralph Terry strutted like a peacock in Cooperstown, the day Johnny Blanchard hung up the phone when talking with George Weiss, and the day the fiancé of Lefty Gomez flushed his engagement ring down a toilet!
Ralph Terry, star pitcher for the Yankees in the 1960's: "I was 18-years-old when I arrived in Binghamton or my first year in pro ball, with a duffel bag in one hand and a game of Scrabble® in the other. This is where it all began and I remember it fondly."
Steve Kraly, pitcher for the 1953 World Champion New York Yankees: "I am proud to have called the greater Binghamton area my full-time home since 1956, after I completed my second tour of duty with the Triplets. You'll travel along the historic crossroads of both Binghamton and baseball as you read this book and I trust that a smile will be your companion."
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About the Author
Michael J. McCann lives in Johnson City with his wife Susan and two sons, Ian and Shaun. He is a Johnson City firefighter during the day and baseball historian the rest of the time. This is his fourth book; previously he has co-authored "Hockey in Broome County," "Baseball in Broome County," and "The History of the Johnson City Fire Department." One of his earliest recollections of a game is the 1974 Hall of Fame game when his father took him on a bus trip to see the Atlanta Braves take on the Chicago White Sox. He remembers that Hank Aaron played left field for the Braves and Richie Allen wrote words in the infield dirt at first base.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book profiles members of Binghamton’s Baseball Shrine, as well as documenting the history of professional baseball in the Greater Binghamton Area. Binghamton has one of the longest histories of baseball in the nation, as it housed its first professional team in 1877. Also, Binghamton holds the distinction of serving as an affiliate of the Mets and Yankees for the longest period in the nation. From 1932 until 1968, with the exception of 1961, ’62, and ’63, Binghamton was a minor league affiliate of the New York Yankees. Since 1992 the city has served as the AA affiliate of the New York Mets, giving it an astonishing 57 seasons of being a pipeline for Big Apple baseball. Whitey Ford, Lefty Gomez, “Wee Willie” Keeler, Thurman Munson, Bobby Richardson, Ralph Terry, and David Wright are just a few of the baseball players who have called Binghamton their home through the years and they are all profiled in this book, as all of them are members of the Shrine. Many key players from the Yankee championship teams of the early 1960’s honed their skills in Binghamton, including Joe Pepitone, Richardson, Clete Boyer, Tom Tresh, Hector Lopez, Terry, Bill Stafford, Al Downing, Ford, and Johnny Blanchard. This book is a fun and worthwhile one to read, and its value can be summed up in five words: GREAT STORIES COMPRISE THIS BOOK. By reading this book you can learn about Johnny Blanchard hanging up the phone on the Yankees general manager, George Weiss. Also, you learn about the day that Ralph Terry strutted like a peacock in Cooperstown. And you also learn about an early scouting report on Mickey Mantle that summed up Mantle’s first season in professional baseball as “So-so. He bunted his way to .300 and couldn’t catch the ball at shortstop.” This work has appeal to not only New York baseball fans, but to all baseball fans. It captures a time in America when baseball ruled the sports pages and takes the reader right up until the revitalization of the New York Mets franchise, as a majority of the Mets roster today includes players who passed through Binghamton’s gates. I rate this book as a home run, or in this case, five stars! And, at ten dollars, you cannot beat the price!