Extra Innings: A Life in Baseball

Extra Innings: A Life in Baseball

by Max Schumacher, Mark Montieth


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Max Schumacher began working for the Indianapolis Indians Triple-A baseball team in 1958, and became the general manager in 1961. The Indians have been one of America’s premier minor league franchises ever since, presenting unforgettable stars and moments while playing in historic ballparks.
In this unique retrospective, Schumacher recalls the upbringing in Indianapolis that inspired his love for baseball and shaped his working career, as well as stories that are unique to minor league baseball.
Readers will be treated to the stories behind familiar names such as Herb Score, Harmon Killebrew, Dave DeBusschere, Denny McLain, George Foster, Dave Concepcion, Pedro Borbon and both Ken Griffey Sr. and Ken Griffey Jr. They’ll also learn of the less notable players who had a major impact on the franchise – including the most popular one of all, who was introduced as “Raaaaaazor Shines.”
Also included are the creative promotions that allowed fans to watch a game from the playing field, featured a Miss America contestant dancing the Charleston on top of the dugout between innings and had the Purdue University band marching across the outfield.  
Schumacher also tells of the endless challenges of running a minor league front office, his conflicts with his Major League affiliates and the thrills that only championships can bring.
Minor league baseball provides the heart and soul of the sport, and the Indianapolis Indians have been a leader within minor league baseball for well over a century. This book provides an inside account of their past 50 years, from the man who directed and witnessed their fortunes.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781681571461
Publisher: Cardinal Publishers Group
Publication date: 05/01/2019
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 1,261,366
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 3 Months to 18 Years

About the Author

Mark Montieth was born and raised in Indianapolis and lives there today. He attended Indiana Pacers games as a child, and grew up to become a sports journalist who reported on the Pacers for many years, including a 12-year period when he covered the team for the Indianapolis Star.
 He has won many regional and national awards for his writing, as well as for hosting a popular program on the most powerful radio station in central Indiana. He also hosted two sports-related episodes on the local PBS television station, further expanding his personal brand.

Table of Contents

Foreword Richard Lugar vii

Preface x

Playing Ball 1

Learning to Work 11

The Public Goes to Bat 23

Owen J. Bush 27

Harmon Killebrew and Roger Maris 35

Johnny Hutchings 39

1961 43

Fred Hopke 53

Backward Marketing 55

1962 61

Denny McLain 67

1963 71

My Confession 79

Bill Fischer 83

Promotions 85

Dal Maxvill 99

Dave DeBusschere 103

Unhappy Ending to a Happy Era 105

Don Zimmer 109

Vern Rapp 113

Party Animals 119

1971 123

Gene Locklear 127

George Foster 131

Batboys 133

Mark Fidrych 139

The Broadcasters 143

1974 149

1978 155

1982 161

Designated for Reassignment 169

1984 173

1986 179

1987 187

1988 193

Spring Training 199

R-r-r-r-r-r-r-r-r-azor Shines 203

Michael Jordan 213

1994 215

Heading Downtown 221

So Long, Cincinnati (Again) 227

2000 231

The Front Office 237

Pinch Hits 251

Afterword Razor Shines 275

Biographies 278

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