Celebrating 100 Years of Baseball in Greater Binghamton: Tales from the Binghamton Baseball Shrine

Celebrating 100 Years of Baseball in Greater Binghamton: Tales from the Binghamton Baseball Shrine


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ISBN-13: 9780615966366
Publisher: Jim Maggiore
Publication date: 04/11/2014
Pages: 198
Product dimensions: 10.90(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Jim Maggiore has been a resident of the Greater Binghamton Area since graduating from Binghamton University in 1978. His writings on baseball have previously appeared in "Baseball Weekly," "The Binghamton Press & Sun Bulletin," and various editions of the "Binghamton Mets Baseball Program." Other baseball books written by Jim include (1) "Six More Wins: A Team, A Town, A Rebound and a Championship," which describes the 2014 Eastern League Championship Binghamton Mets team and uses the team as metaphor for the rising fortunes of the New York Mets and the city of Binghamton; and (2) "Spring Training with the Washington Nationals," which includes over 200 color photographs of the Nationals in action during spring training. Jim has been a diehard N.Y. Mets fan since his dad took him to see the Mets beat the Milwaukee Braves, 1-0, on a Charlie Smith single up the middle in September of 1965.

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.

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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!