Publishers Weekly - Publisher's WeeklyAmong the biggest baseball news of 1994 was the retirement in midseason of Sandberg, who had been the Chicago Cubs second baseman since 1982. In his exceptional career, he was named the league's MVP in 1984, played in 10 All-Star games and won nine Gold Gloves. A star on the field, he was also admired as an individual. Movie-star handsome, shy and self-effacing, he stresses in his memoir that he concentrated on becoming a better player, with the goal of contributing to his team's success rather than compiling impressive personal statistics or squeezing more money out of management, although he made lots. He is a kindly judge of all with whom he came in contact-except Larry Himes, the management figure who, in his view, wrecked the Cubs in the early 1990s with injudicious firings and trades. With Rozner, a reporter for the Arlington Heights, Ill., Daily Herald, he explains that he quit-and passed up $15 million-because he no longer had any competitive fire. An interesting look at an admirable player of a major sport. Photos not seen by PW. (Apr.)
Wes LukowskyRyne Sandberg, the Chicago Cub second baseman who retired in midseason last year, is certain to be elected to baseball's Hall of Fame as soon as he's eligible. For all his talent afield, though, Sandberg had no ability to self-promote and no visible personality. In fact, he was so quiet and shy, he was almost invisible. Now, in this standard sports autobiography, he "tells all." It's a routine then-we-played account until we get to the last few years of Sandberg's career, when Larry Himes took over as the Cubs' general manager. Sandberg goes to great lengths to catalog Himes' gaffes, from dumb player acquisitions and strange trades through miscommunications, deliberate and otherwise. Each incident played a role in triggering Sandberg's unexpected retirement. The game wasn't fun, the Cubs were losing, and Sandberg didn't care anymore. End of story. Like Sandberg himself, this is a sincere if bland tale of sports success and disenchantment. For collections where baseball interest is high.
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Second to Home based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
This is a great book. It not only gives you a great look at Sandberg (one of the greatest second basemen ever) but it also gives you a great look at how the Cubs organization was while he was playing there.
As a die-hard Cub fan, I was devastated when Ryno quit baseball and I was even resentful. After reading the book, I understood my hero's reason for leaving the game. This is such a well-written book that gave me chills when Sandberg recounted the Cub's '84 and '89 seasons. His recounts of his friends and teammates were fantastic. His explanations for the shortcomings of the team were descriptive and he held back no punches. As a Cub fan and a clubhouse manager in the Cub's organization, I recommend this book to everyone to be able to get an insight on what baseball can really be like from the way a team works together to the way a front office can affect the way a team plays. After reading this book, many things have become clearer to me.