Ryne Duren terrified major league batters, pitching 100 mph while squinting through thick, dark sunglasses. For effect, a warm-up pitch would go sailing back to the screen. Meanwhile, it was Ryne who was in fear and his drinking that was out of control, turning the All-Star and World Series hero into a chronic alcoholic, who attempted suicide several times to stop the pain. In 1968, after suffering more than 25 years, Duren overcame his addiction, and turned his competitive spirit to helping others. Now as he completes his 35th year of sobriety, Duren shares his reflections on alcohol, baseball, and life.
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I Can See Clearly Now based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Would you like to spend a few hours chatting with one of the 'Glory Day' Yankees? Are you interested to know what Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra and life in the majors were like? Then pick up this interesting, fresh look at the life of Yankee reliever, Ryne Duren, and be prepared to enjoy a personal, in-depth look at his views on baseball, alchohol and life, just as the title says. I found myself transported, by both the story and the photos, back to Duren's playing days. The details in the book reveal the amount of research that must have been conducted, and add to the realism and the 'feel' of the book. Just as interesting as the baseball part of the book was the latter part which deals with Duren's recovery from alchohol addiction. Every coach and parent of a teenager should read through Duren's story and have their players and children read it also. Like so many youngsters he adored the ability to drink and it really cost him so much throughout his life. I highly recommend this book.