When I was quite young, I was a huge baseball fan. Have totally gotten over it a long time ago.
My hero was Mickey Mantle, and there was a torn-up paperback biography og him that came my way in the late 50's. Must have damn near memorized the thing.
Got to see him play in a world series in L.A. in the early 60's. Whitey Ford vs. Sandy Koufax. Drysdale in relief. Got to meet Ernest Borgnine outside the stadium - "Who ya routin' for, kid?" as he gave me a sort of playful hit on my shoulder. Damn, he's a big and strong guy! "The Yankees!" "Ah, kid, ya gotta go wit' the Dodgers." And off he went to the penthouse suite, and my dad and I to the right field bleachers - right behind Roger Maris. Ahhh, dem were da days. Anyway, was glad to see Mickey as a (mostly) pinch-hitter.
Damnit, Nova Scotia -- see what you started?
Also read "Strictly Business" by Roger Craig. Was surprised by how little he seemed to think of Coach Osborne. Almost insulting, IMO.
I really like both Osborne's first book More than Winning and Bob Devaney's book. I also like Joe Gibbs book Fourth and One. All of them have good insights into each coach and have parts that are just LOL funny.
I haven't read any sports autobiographies or biographies in a long while. Right now I'm reading Shoeless Joe, the book that inspired the movie Field of Dreams. The next sports book I'll read after that is probably Summer of 49. I may be one of the only baseball fans alive who hasn't read that book. I think eventually I'll get around to reading the David Maraniss book on Vince Lombardi and the Richard Cramer book on Joe DiMaggio.
Don't do a drug you find in Oakland. Ever.---The Oral History of the Big 12
I cannot be bought, compromised, detoured, lured away, turned back, deluded, or delayed. I will not flinch in the face of sacrifice, hesitate in the presence of adversity, negotiate at the table of the enemy, ponder at the pool of popularity, or meander in the maze of mediocrity.I wont give up, shut up, let up, until I have stayed up, stored up, prayed up, paid up, and showed up for all wounded children.
They Call Me Assassin-------Biography of Jack Tatum........greatest S to ever play the game.... PLUS Summer of '68 -- Boys of Summer -- Driving Mr Yogi -- Ball Four -- Wow, there's soooo many, but these are a few of my favorite baseball books at least
For anyone who loves golf, this is a great read....Edwards was Tom Watsons longtime caddy, and it covers Edwards life, friendship with Watson, and battle with ALS.....Has some great stories about the goings on of the PGA tour and is written by John Feinstein, who is an amazing author
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"All things end badly, or else they wouldn't end. " - Brian Flanagan