Signed Edition Sweepstakes
 
 

Recently Viewed clear list


Original Essays | September 17, 2014

Merritt Tierce: IMG Has My Husband Read It?



My first novel, Love Me Back, was published on September 16. Writing the book took seven years, and along the way three chapters were published in... Continue »

spacer

This item may be
out of stock.

Click on the button below to search for this title in other formats.


Check for Availability
Add to Wishlist

Minor Moments, Major Memories: Baseball's Best Players Recall Life in the Minor Leagues

Minor Moments, Major Memories: Baseball's Best Players Recall Life in the Minor Leagues Cover

 

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

Minor League Baseball has been around for more than 100 years. Across the United States, Canada, and Mexico, almost every Major League Baseball player, manager, and coach has spent time in the minors before making it to the big leagues.

From Portland, Maine, to Portland, Oregon, and Edmonton, Canada, to Monterrey, Mexico, Minor League Baseball cities have been the homes to some of the greatest stories in the history of the American pastime. Whether it was on the field, on the bus, or on the side, these dramatic, disappointing, embarrassing, funny, unique, and just plain unusual stories actually happened.

Minor Moments, Major Memories is a collection of memorable minor league experiences over the past 60 years that take fans into the stands, onto the buses, and into the clubhouses. It highlights a time when these individuals lived together, ate together, traveled together, and played ball together. A period when the rules of the game were the same, but the stadium lights were dimmer, the crowds were smaller and the mascot coached first base.

These true stories are the actual accounts as told by the individuals, who range from Major League All-Stars to Minor League journeymen.

Author Mark Leinweaver shares this heartfelt collection of the exceptionally good, bad, and unforgettable memories of those who lived the minor league experience while playing, managing, and coaching in small farm towns, bustling blue-collar cities and everything in between.

Review:

"Almost every baseball player who makes it in the major leagues first has to survive a few grueling seasons in the minors, enduring long bus rides and endless afternoons in dull, dusty towns for a shot at the big time. In this book, several dozen players look back at their stints in the bush leagues with a mix of nostalgia and amazement. Lienweaver, a former minor league executive, and Bradley, a pitcher who enjoyed a brief stint with the New York Yankees in 1998, asked their subjects to recall their fondest minor league memories. The authors present these tales in the form of brief first-person accounts. Unfortunately, most of the participants are better ballplayers than storytellers. Drew Henson talks about how his pickup truck was once stolen and then found, but the CDs were missing. Darren Dreifort remembers watching kids tackle the mascot in San Antonio night after night. Then there's outfielder Adam Piatt, a self-styled prankster whose best memory involves breaking into a teammate's motel room, defecating on a towel and leaving it on the heater. Hilarious. Still, some of the essays are worthwhile, such as the story of Ray Fagnant, a career minor leaguer who was playing for an insurance company's slow-pitch softball team when a Connecticut club signed him as an emergency catcher. Just a few weeks after leaving the insurance team, Fagnant hit a home run off star major league righty Jack Morris, who was in the minors temporarily to rehab an injury. Fagnant bought 25 newspapers the next day and clipped the box scores. Few of the entries here are as interesting as Fagnant's, but those who skip around to find the rare gems in the mix will get a taste of life in the minors and the dreams that motivate all young ballplayers." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

A heartfelt account of life in baseballs minor leagues.

About the Author

Mark Leinweaver was the radio broadcaster and media relations director of the Norwich Navigators, a Yankees AA affiliate, from 1998 to 2002. This is his first book. He lives in Rhode Island.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781592287352
Subtitle:
Baseball's Best Players Recall Life in the Minor Leagues
Publisher:
The Lyons Press
Author:
Leinweaver, Mark
Author:
Bradley, Ryan
Subject:
Baseball players
Subject:
Baseball - History
Subject:
Baseball - General
Subject:
Minor league baseball
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20050301
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
40 bandw photographs
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
9.00 x 6.00 in

Related Subjects

Sports and Outdoors » Sports and Fitness » Baseball » General

Minor Moments, Major Memories: Baseball's Best Players Recall Life in the Minor Leagues
0 stars - 0 reviews
$ In Stock
Product details 208 pages Lyons Press - English 9781592287352 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Almost every baseball player who makes it in the major leagues first has to survive a few grueling seasons in the minors, enduring long bus rides and endless afternoons in dull, dusty towns for a shot at the big time. In this book, several dozen players look back at their stints in the bush leagues with a mix of nostalgia and amazement. Lienweaver, a former minor league executive, and Bradley, a pitcher who enjoyed a brief stint with the New York Yankees in 1998, asked their subjects to recall their fondest minor league memories. The authors present these tales in the form of brief first-person accounts. Unfortunately, most of the participants are better ballplayers than storytellers. Drew Henson talks about how his pickup truck was once stolen and then found, but the CDs were missing. Darren Dreifort remembers watching kids tackle the mascot in San Antonio night after night. Then there's outfielder Adam Piatt, a self-styled prankster whose best memory involves breaking into a teammate's motel room, defecating on a towel and leaving it on the heater. Hilarious. Still, some of the essays are worthwhile, such as the story of Ray Fagnant, a career minor leaguer who was playing for an insurance company's slow-pitch softball team when a Connecticut club signed him as an emergency catcher. Just a few weeks after leaving the insurance team, Fagnant hit a home run off star major league righty Jack Morris, who was in the minors temporarily to rehab an injury. Fagnant bought 25 newspapers the next day and clipped the box scores. Few of the entries here are as interesting as Fagnant's, but those who skip around to find the rare gems in the mix will get a taste of life in the minors and the dreams that motivate all young ballplayers." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by ,
A heartfelt account of life in baseballs minor leagues.

spacer
spacer
  • back to top
Follow us on...




Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.