Synopses & Reviews
A homage to the history of baseball during the Golden Age of Radio. An avid collector, John Miley has what is thought to be the largest private collection of baseball radio broadcasts. In Baseball Forever!,
bestselling author Jason Turbow (The Baseball Codes
) mines the collection with John Miley for the most memorable highlights from the 1930s through the 1970s. With astute commentary from Turbow and classic clips from the radio broadcasts of these games, this audio is not only a collectors item, but also a great introduction for anyone interested in the history of the sport. Includes discussions of:
Firsts (first games for the Angels, Expos, etc.; first games at new ballparks; first Mets grand slam, etc.)
Great feats (Carl Hubbel strikes out five Hall of Famers in a row, Sandy Amoros' catch, Larsen, Mazeroski, various no-hitters)
Great moments in World Series history
Strange cases (fans pelt Joe Medwick with garbage; Leo Durocher bunts for an AllStar home run; Stu Miller blown off the mound)
The broadcasters (samples from the great ones, and recreations, a la Ronald Reagan)
John Miley has compiled the most comprehensive audio account of baseball history in existence––a vast and wildly entertaining assemblage of game tapes from throughout the sport's history. His archive contains classic moments, like Bill Mazeroski's homer and the Shot Heard 'Round the World; and amazing feats, like Carl Hubbell striking out Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Jimmy Foxx, Al Simmons and Joe Cronin–in order–in the 1934 All–Star Game. Narrated by Bob Costas, Baseball Forever! brings you highlights from Miley's collection, with numerous clips available for the first time since their original transmission. Bestselling author Jason Turbow (The Baseball Codes) mines the archive with Miley himself, taking us to some of baseball's greatest settings–Yankee Stadium, Ebbetts Field, Fenway Park–while guided by the game's legendary broadcasters, like Mel Allen, Red Barber, Harry Caray, and Vin Scully. Miley and Turbow have carefully selected an abundance of highlights for Baseball Forever! that is sure to inform, entertain, and appeal to anybody nostalgic for baseball's storied history.
About the Author
Jason Turbow is the author of The Baseball Codes
(Pantheon, 2010), which NPR called "one of the all–time greats," and writes for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal
and Sports Illustrated
, among other publications. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and two children.
Bob Costas has won twentyfour Emmy Awardsmore than any other sports broadcasterand been a prominent part of the coverage of every major sport over the past three decades. His versatility has been recognized with awards and nominations in the categories of hosting, playbyplay, writing, journalism, news, and entertainment. He is the only person ever to have won Emmys in news, sports, and entertainment. Bobs peers have named him the National Sportscaster of the Year” a record eight times, and in 2012, he was elected to the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Hall of Fame and selected for the Walter Cronkite Award for distinction in journalism. Bobs thoughtful commentaries on a variety of issues have established him as one of his generations most distinctive voices.