Synopses & Reviews
Here is a thrilling, nostalgia-filled and candid look inside the game of baseball-from the dugout to the field manager's office-by the men who made it all happen.
Covering the years from 1947 to 1964, more than sixty players-from Hall of Famers to utility players and bench-warmers-offer firsthand memories, opinions and gripes, and tell the real stories behind baseball's most colorful decades. Fans can relive all of the great moments on and off the field through the eyes of those closest to the action, including:
- Roger Maris's record sixty-first homer
- Ted Williams's final at bat (a home run)
- Eddie Waitkus being shot by a female fan (the premise for The Natural)
- Joe DiMaggio's desire to meet Marilyn Monroe-and many, many more.
From arguments with managers to encounters with groupies, from racial conflicts to salary negotiations, all of the key stories are here, including many not recorded elsewhere.
"What a joy-one of the best pure baseball books I've ever read," raved Larry King when this marvelous volume was first published in 1994.
About the Author
Danny Peary is an American film critic and sportswriter. His film writing has been published in Focus on Film, Newsday, Film and Filming, The Philadelphia Bulletin, Movieline, Cineaste, Video Times/Video Movies, The New York Daily News, The Boston Globe, Soho News, Timessquare.com, brinkzine.com, The Sag Harbor Express, and FilmInk. He also authored the highly influential three-volume Cult Movies series, Guide for the Film Fanatic, and Alternate Oscars. Additionally, he is the writer-researcher on the long-running national sports interview television program The Tim McCarver Show, and has written three books with McCarver. He collaborated with Ralph Kiner on his autobiography, Baseball Forever, and coauthored Roger Maris: Baseball’s Reluctant Hero and Gil Hodges: The Brooklyn Bums, The Miracle Mets and the Extraordinary Life of a Baseball Legend. He has recently collaborated with Olympic gold medalist and cancer survivor Shannon Miller on her memoir, It’s Not About Perfect.An economist and New York University professor, as a writer the late LAWRENCE RITTER is best remembered for his baseball book The Glory of Their Times.