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Home Game

Author: Bret Boone
Publisher: Crown Archetype
ISBN: 1101904917
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From the first third-generation player in Major League history, a sometimes moving, always candid inside look at his family’s seventy years in baseball A five-foot-ten fireball questioned by scouts because of his small stature, supposed lack of power, and cocky attitude, Bret Boone didn’t care about family legacy as he fought his way to the Major Leagues in 1992; he wanted to make his own way. He did just that, building a career that featured three All-Star appearances, four Gold Gloves, a bout with alcohol­ism, and the mixed blessing of being traded three times. But now that he’s coaching minor leaguers half his age—and his fifteen-year-old son has the potential to be the first fourth-generation Major Leaguer—Bret has a new perspective on his remarkable family, with its ten All-Star appearances, 634 home runs, 3,139 RBIs, and countless kitchen-table debates about the game’s great­est players. For the first time, he’s ready to share his adventures as part of the sport’s First Family. Infused with Bret’s candor and deep love of the game, Home Game traces baseball’s evolution—on the field and behind the scenes—from his grandfa­ther Ray’s era in the 1950s to his father Bob’s in the ’70s and ’80s to the one he shared with his brother Aaron in the ’90s and 2000s—sometimes called the PED era—when players made millions, dined on lobster in the clubhouse, and, in some cases, indulged in performance-enhancing drugs. Along the way, his book also touches on Boone family lore, from Ray playing with his hero Ted Williams and Bob winning a World Series with the 1980 Phillies to Bret’s flop in a nationally televised home-run derby and Aaron’s historic home run in the 2003 playoffs. Blending nostalgia, close analysis of the game, insight into baseball’s un­written codes, and controversial thoughts on its future as a sport and a busi­ness, Bret Boone offers a one-of-a-kind look at the national pastime—from the colorful, quotable scion of a family whose business is baseball. From the Hardcover edition.

Born Into Baseball

Author: Jr Jim Campanis
ISBN: 9781938545795
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Third generation ballplayer Jim Campanis, Jr. shares stories from his life as part of one of baseball's most prominent families - from batboy to All American at USC, to promising minor leaguer, to coming up short of The Show, to life after grandfather Al's meltdown on Nightline, to the painful transition away from baseball to the "Real World."

Going The Other Way

Author: Billy Bean
Publisher: The Experiment
ISBN: 1615192646
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From major league baseball’s only openly gay former player—and now its first-ever Ambassador for Inclusion—the intimate chronicle of a man who, in the prime of his career, had to make a terrible choice between his love of the game and the love of his life More than ten years after its original publication, Going the Other Way remains deeply moving, and more timely than ever. By virtue of a relentless work ethic, exceptional multi-sport talent, and a quick left-handed swing, Billy Bean made it to the majors, where he played from 1987 to 1995—an outfielder for the Detroit Tigers, Los Angeles Dodgers, and San Diego Padres. But as a gay man in the brutally anti-gay world of baseball, closeted to teammates and family, Bean found himself unable to reconcile two worlds that he felt to be mutually exclusive. At the young age of 31, in the prime of his career, even as he solidified his role as a major-league utility player, Bean walked away from the game that was both his calling and his livelihood. At once heartbreaking and farcical, ruminative and uncensored, this unprecedented memoir points the way toward a more perfect game, one in which all players can pursue their athletic dreams free of prejudice and discrimination.

The Baseball Whisperer

Author: Michael Tackett
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 0544386396
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From an award-winning journalist, a real Field of Dreams story about a legendary coach and the professional-caliber baseball program he built in America's heartland, where boys come summer after summer to be molded into ballplayers — and men Clarinda, Iowa, population 5,000, sits two hours from anything. There, between the corn fields and hog yards, is a ball field with a bronze bust of a man named Merl Eberly, a baseball whisperer who specialized in second chances and lost causes. The statue was a gift from one of Merl’s original long-shot projects, a skinny kid from the ghetto in Los Angeles who would one day become a beloved Hall-of-Fame shortstop: Ozzie Smith. The Baseball Whisperer traces the remarkable story of Merl Eberly and his Clarinda A’s baseball team, which he tended over the course of five decades, transforming them from a town team to a collegiate summer league powerhouse. Along with Ozzie Smith, future manager Bud Black, and star player Von Hayes, Merl developed scores of major league players (six of which are currently playing). In the process, Merl taught them to be men, insisting on hard work, integrity, and responsibility. More than a book about ballplayers who landed in the nation's agricultural heartland, The Baseball Whisperer is the story of a coach who puts character and dedication first, and reminds us of the best, purest form of baseball excellence.

The Dad Report Fathers Sons And Baseball Families

Author: Kevin Cook
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 0393246019
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An unforgettable look at how baseball families share our national pastime. Baseball honors legacies—from cheering the home team to breaking in an old glove handed down from father to son. In The Dad Report, award-winning sportswriter Kevin Cook weaves a tapestry of uplifting stories in which fathers and sons—from the sport's superstars to Cook and his own ball-playing father—share the game. Almost two hundred father-son pairs have played in the big leagues. Cook takes us inside the clubhouses, homes, and lives of many of the greats. Aaron Boone follows grandfather Bob, father Ray, and brother Bret to the majors—three generations of All-Stars. Barry Bonds and Ken Griffey Jr. strive to outdo their famous dads. Michael Jordan walks away from basketball to play minor-league baseball—to fulfill his father's dream. In visiting these legendary families, Cook discovers that ball-playing families are a lot like our own. Dan Haren regrets the long road trips that keep him from his kids. Ike Davis and his father, a former Yankee, debate whether Ike should pitch or play first base. Buddy Bell leads a generation of big-leaguers determined to open their workplace—the clubhouse—to their kids. Framing The Dad Report is the story of Kevin Cook's own father, Art Cook, a minor-league pitcher, a loveable rogue with a wicked screwball. In Art's later years, Kevin phoned him almost every night to talk baseball. They called those nightly conversations "the Dad Report." In time, Kevin came to see that these conversations were about much more than the game. That's what this book is about: the way fathers and sons talk baseball as a way of talking about everything—courage, fear, fun, family, morality, mortality, and how it's not whether you win or lose that counts, it's how you share the game.

Tom Gamboa

Author: Tom Gamboa
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 1476667411
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"Tom Gamboa has been one of the most influential baseball teachers in my life. I was lucky to have him as my manager in the Tigers' minor league system. He dedicated his life to our sport, and some of my best memories as a young player were listening to his amazing stories. He is a man who makes a lasting impression on every person he meets. I'm so grateful he has taken the time to share his incredible journey with all of us."--Billy Bean, Major League Baseball, VP, Social Responsibility & Inclusion "In a game that is absolutely a business, Tom Gamboa was a manager, coach, father and friend. Tom took athletes from all walks of life and made us not only a team, but champions."--Jim "The Rookie" Morris "I never had the privilege to actually play for Tom Gamboa, but I've been witness to the legacy he has left both on and off the baseball field for decades. He scouted me at age 17, played golf as a friend at 23, swapped stories from the coaches box through my 30's and will soon become my father-in-law at 52. His passion, integrity, sense of humor and love of family has made him an amazing teacher and leader on the field and in the clubhouse, as well as man I admire outside of baseball altogether."--Todd Zeile, Major League Baseball 1986-2004 "I first met Tom Gamboa in 1987. He was the manager of the Glens Falls Tigers, and I was playing for the Pittsfield Cubs of the old Eastern League in Double-A. I met him there. He was very respectful to me as an opposing player. Then a few years later he became a coach with the Chicago Cubs, developed a great friendship with him. He's a great baseball man, knows the game, and is an even nicer guy. He always had time to try to help you out with anything you needed and was always available. He was a very good third base coach and seemed to always make the right decisions - whether to send you or hold you. The relationship moved on after that, and he had to go on to other teams, but I always look back at Tom Gamboa as one of the favorite coaches I ever had."--Mark Grace, Diamondbacks pre- and post- game analyst, Fox Sports Arizona, Major League Baseball 1988-2003. Tom Gamboa played baseball professionally, coached, scouted, managed in the minors and in Puerto Rico and coached in the majors with the Cubs and Royals. Scouring the country for talent, he discovered Jesse Orosco and helped develop Doug Glanville and Jose Hernandez in Puerto Rico and in the Cubs organization. Before Jim "The Rookie" Morris made it to the majors, Gamboa coached him on a title team in the Brewers organization. Sammy Sosa promised him a fist-bump for each home run Sosa hit--Tom didn't suspect he was due 60 of them over each of the next two seasons. With a lot of humor, Gamboa takes his readers well inside the dugouts and clubhouses.


Author: Bengie Molina
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1451641044
Size: 62.34 MB
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A Major League Baseball player tells the inspiring true story of his father, a poor Puerto Rican factory worker who, against all odds, raised on of the greatest baseball dynasties of all time: three sons who have each earned two World Series rings. Illustrations. Tour.

Insight Pitch

Author: Skip Lockwood
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing Inc.
ISBN: 1683581768
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You're straddling the pitcher's mound in Shea Stadium. The game rests in your hands. Your heart is pounding. Big money is at stake. You feel thousands of eyes burning your jersey as they wait for a pitch. You gulp at the air trying to settle your nerves. It's go time. Insight Pitch is a sports story that spills over three decades. Retired Major League Baseball pitcher Skip Lockwood tells anecdotes from throughout his career as a ballplayer, starting with his days as a Little Leaguer through his professional tenure with the Kansas City Athletics, Seattle Pilots, Milwaukee Brewers, California Angels, New York Mets, and Boston Red Sox, before his retirement in 1980. Along the way, he details both the on- and off-the-field shenanigans as well as the enormous psychological process that he underwent each and every time he took the mound. Readers will find some laughs along the way and marvel as they share the locker room with legends like Jesse Owens, Satchel Paige, Catfish Hunter, and Yogi Berra. Humorous but insightful, this book makes the perfect addition to any baseball fan's shelf.

Major League Bride

Author: Kathleen Lockwood
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 0786460288
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"My day-to-day existence," writes Kathleen Lockwood, "rested on the ability of my husband to throw a tiny leather ball over ninety-five miles an hour past a large wooden bat." If that sounds like hyperbole, consider this: In the 12 years that followed their wedding in 1970, Kathleen and major leaguer Skip would move 35 times. The couple and their growing family endured three player strikes, a handful of trades and trade rumors, and the steady threat of a career-ending arm injury. Kathleen built lifelong friendships with other players' wives, managed their homes and cared for their children, and shared in the cycle of triumph and defeat that is life in the major leagues.