Planet of the Umps: A Baseball Life from Behind the Plate

Planet of the Umps: A Baseball Life from Behind the Plate

by Ken Kaiser, David Fisher
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Planet of the Umps: A Baseball Life from Behind the Plate by Ken Kaiser, David Fisher

"Two things nobody wants to grow up to be are an umpire and broke. Thanks to my career in baseball, I got both."

After calling balls, strikes, and outs for thirty-six baseball seasons and more than three thousand major-league games, umpire Ken Kaiser finally called it a career. From the first day he hit a minor-league catcher with a pool table to the fateful day baseball called him out on a strike, Kaiser was one of the game's most popular and colorful characters. And in this autobiography--written with the coauthor of Ron Luciano's classic bestseller The Umpire Strikes Back--Kaiser brings to life his wild adventures from the pro-wrestling arena to the baseball diamond.

This is the hysterically true story of four decades of baseball as lived and loved on the playing field, from Ted Williams and Billy Martin to Derek Jeter and Mark McGwire, from one-eyed umpires to space-age technology. As he did throughout his long and sometimes controversial career, the larger-than-his-chest-protector Kaiser calls 'em as he saw 'em.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781429976060
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 04/19/2004
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 221,663
File size: 287 KB

About the Author

Ken Kaiser is a former bar bouncer and pro wrestler. In the ring he wore a black hood, carried an ax, and was billed as "The Hatchet Man." He was voted the most colorful umpire in the American League in a 1986 Sporting News poll. He left Major League Baseball in 2001. He lives in Rochester, New York.

David Fisher is the author of more than a dozen bestsellers, among them collaborations with George Burns, Ron Luciano, Tommy Lasorda, and Terry Bradshaw


Ken Kaiser is a former bar bouncer and pro wrestler. In the ring, he wore a black hood, carried an ax, and was billed as "The Hatchet Man." He was voted the most colorful umpire in the American League in a 1986 Sporting News poll. He left major league baseball in 2001. He lives in Rochester, New York.


David Fisher is the author of more than twenty New York Times bestsellers and coauthor of Bill O'Reilly's Legends and Lies series. His work has also appeared in most major magazines and many newspapers. He lives in New York with his wife and two sons.

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Planet of the Umps: A Baseball Life from Behind the Plate 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
NW_Penguin More than 1 year ago
Ken Kaiser certainly has had an interesting life. He's just not particularly adept at telling his story. There's no real structure to this book. It's just a series of rambling, unrelated stories that sometimes end rather abruptly. Some of the player stories are interesting. Some seem oddly without a point. My main complaint about this book though, is the sheer number of typos in the NOOK version. The digital copy reads like it was scanned from paper and then the publisher used some type of data recognition software to convert it to a digital format without any type of spell checking or proofreading. Truly amateur publishing work.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is a series of very short stories that has no flow other than chronological list of events. If you were like me and was looking for more information on how MLB broke the umpire's union, this was not the book. Just stories of a bitter ex-MLB umpire. The best story was the one where he would give the same ball back to a pitcher when they requested a new ball. I would not bother.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Rolles her eyes. (I started rping for my 1st time 5 mins ago and cats are calling me evil alrrady?!?
ozzy6900 More than 1 year ago
If you are an umpire or just a baseball fan, this is great reading. For umpires, it is a realization of what it is really like to get into professional umpiring.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Makes you laugh out loud.
john inzalaco More than 1 year ago
Is this like a easy book to read?