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David

David Old Washington, OH, United States Member Since 2005
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    It would be nice if the producers took the time and effort to pronounce baseball players names correctly.

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    Pete Rose: An American Dilemma

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Kostya Kennedy
    • Narrated By Ben Bartolone
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    Pete Rose played baseball with a singular and headfirst abandon that endeared him to fans and peers, even as it riled others--a figure at once magnetic, beloved and polarizing. Rose has more base hits than anyone in history, yet he is not in the Hall of Fame. Twenty-five years ago he was banished from baseball for gambling, then ruled ineligible for Cooperstown; today, the question "Does Pete Rose belong in the Hall of Fame?" has evolved into perhaps the most provocative in sports, a layered, slippery and ever-relevant moral conundrum.

    David says: "Good book, not so good production."
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  • Pete Rose: An American Dilemma

    "Worth the Gamble (Pun Intended)"

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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    A great athlete with a great flaw


    What did you like best about this story?

    This was a great back story and a great current story of Pete Rose


    What didn’t you like about Ben Bartolone’s performance?

    It is really grating in books about sports when the narrator mispronounces pretty famous names. For instance, the narrator calls Leo Durocher (correctly pronounced Doo-ro-sher) Doo-Rosh-Shay. It is not french. I don't blame the narrator, I blame the producer. There are numerous mispronunciations of names. Not the first time in a sports book, and certainly won't be the last.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes- It is a quick read.


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  • "I only thought i knew the Mike Piaz..."

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    Where does Long Shot rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Right up there! Its a great book


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Long Shot?

    Finally coming to the realization that i only thought i knew the story of one of my favorite catchers of all time


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I loved the story of Ted Williams showing up in the Piazza driveway to watch a young Mike hit


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    How to build a future Hall of Fame catcher


    Any additional comments?

    If you love Baseball, you owe it to yourself to use a credit to learn the real story of Mike Piazza. i really have a whole new respect for Mike now, and even before listening to this book he was my all time favorite catcher.

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    Long Shot

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Mike Piazza, Lonnie Wheeler
    • Narrated By Holter Graham, Mike Piazza
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    Mike Piazza was selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 62nd round of the 1988 baseball draft as a "courtesy pick". The Dodgers never expected him to play for them - or anyone else. Mike had other ideas. Overcoming his detractors, he became the National League Rookie of the Year in 1993, broke the record for season batting average by a catcher, holds the record for career home runs at his position, and was selected as an All Star 12 times. Mike was groomed for baseball success by his ambitious, self-made father in Pennsylvania, a classic father-son American-dream story.

    Amazon Customer says: "I only thought i knew the Mike Piazza story"

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    Game of Shadows Part 2: Barry Bonds, BALCO, & the Steroids Scandal that Rocked Professional Sports

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Mark Fainaru-Wada, Lance Williams
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
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    This audiobook is the window into the underground world of cheating at the highest levels, which set off a frenzy of activity and hand-wringing in the offices of Major League Baseball and Congress. Through the authors' pursuit of sources and documents, they were able to open for public view a world in which elite athletes trade money and risk their health for the edge that will allow them to run faster, hit harder, and compete longer, and then cash in on the fame and wealth.

  • 4.4 (13 ratings)

    Bums Part 1: An Oral History of the Brooklyn Dodgers

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Peter Golenbock
    • Narrated By Raymond Todd
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    Before the team headed to Los Angeles in 1957, the Brooklyn Dodgers were one of the most colorful and beloved teams in baseball. In Bums, best-selling author Peter Golenbock has compiled a fascinating oral history of the Ebbets Field heroes with recollections from former players, writers, front-office executives, and faithful fans.

  • 4.3 (37 ratings)
    Bat Boy: My True Life Adventures Coming of Age with the New York Yankees (






UNABRIDGED) by Matthew McGough Narrated by Jason Harris

    Bat Boy: My True Life Adventures Coming of Age with the New York Yankees

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    • By Matthew McGough
    • Narrated By Jason Harris
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    Sixteen-year-old Matthew McGough was a fairly typical teenager, obsessed with getting through high school, girls, and baseball, not necessarily in that order. His passion for the New York Yankees was absolute, complete with a poster of his hero, Yankees first baseman Don Mattingly, hanging on his bedroom wall. Despite having no connections whatsoever with the ballclub, Matt dreamed of sitting in the dugout with the fabled Bronx Bombers.

    Sarah says: "Fun"
  • 4.3 (97 ratings)
    Ted Williams: The Biography of an American Hero (






UNABRIDGED) by Leigh Montville Narrated by Scott Brick

    Ted Williams: The Biography of an American Hero

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Leigh Montville
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
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    He was one of the greatest figures of his generation, and arguably the greatest baseball hitter of all time. But what made Ted Williams a legend, and a lightning rod for controversy in life and in death? New York Times best-selling author Leigh Montville delivers an intimate, riveting account of this extraordinary life.

    Joseph says: "Very revealing"
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  • 4.4 (891 ratings)
    Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game (






ABRIDGED) by Michael Lewis Narrated by Michael Lewis

    Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Michael Lewis
    • Narrated By Michael Lewis
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    Moneyball is a quest for something that money can't buy: the secret of success in baseball. The real jackpot is a cache of numbers collected by a brotherhood of baseball enthusiasts: software engineers, statisticians, Wall Street analysts, and physics professors. These numbers prove that the traditional measure of success for players and teams are fatally flawed. This information has been around for years, and nobody paid it any mind. And then came Billy Beane, General Manager of the Oakland A's.

    Steven says: "Best Audible Book Yet"
  • 4.5 (70 ratings)
    The Glory of Their Times: The Story of the Early Days of Baseball Told by the Men Who Played It (






ABRIDGED) by Lawrence S. Ritter Narrated by Lawrence S. Ritter, Fred Snodgrass, Sam Crawford, Hans Lobert, others

    The Glory of Their Times: The Story of the Early Days of Baseball Told by the Men Who Played It

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Lawrence S. Ritter
    • Narrated By Lawrence S. Ritter, Fred Snodgrass, Sam Crawford, and others
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    Baseball's Golden Age comes alive through the voices of men who were there. Selected from the original tapes on which Lawrence S. Ritter based his classic book of baseball history, The Glory of Their Times is a collection of wonderful tales that paint a vivid and evocative picture of a lively young America and the giants who starred on her ballfields, legends like Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, Honus Wagner, Walter Johnson, and many others.

    Richard says: "A Game Winning, Grand Slam!!!"
  • 4.0 (56 ratings)
    Heat (






UNABRIDGED) by Mike Lupica Narrated by Paolo Andino

    Heat

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Mike Lupica
    • Narrated By Paolo Andino
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    Twelve-year-old Michael Arroyo lives in the shadows of Yankee Stadium, home of his heroes, but a place that might as well be on a different continent since he can't afford to see the inside. He also lives in the shadows of his Bronx neighborhood, hiding from the bill collectors and the officials who would separate him from his 17-year-old brother if they knew the two boys were living on their own. Baseball is Michael's only salvation.

    John Gates McKibbin says: "Great baseball read"
  • 4.2 (172 ratings)
    The Yankee Years (






UNABRIDGED) by Joe Torre, Tom Verducci Narrated by Michael Kramer

    The Yankee Years

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Joe Torre, Tom Verducci
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
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    Joe Torre is the most successful and most respected baseball manager of the modern era, steering the Yankees to six American League pennants and four World Series championships. When he left the team in 2007, it was front-page news around the country. Famously diplomatic during his tenure with the Yankees, Torre finally speaks out about what it was like building and managing the dynasty during those 12 glorious and tumultuous years.

    Lynn says: "Great listen"
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  • 4.2 (149 ratings)
    Three Nights in August: Strategy, Heartbreak, and Joy Inside the Mind of a Manager (






UNABRIDGED) by Buzz Bissinger Narrated by Jeffrey Nordling

    Three Nights in August: Strategy, Heartbreak, and Joy Inside the Mind of a Manager

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    • By Buzz Bissinger
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Nordling
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    Given unprecedented access to La Russa and his team, best-selling journalist Bissinger captures baseball's strategic and emotional essence. We watch from the dugout as La Russa's Cardinals take on their archrivals, the Chicago Cubs, in a thrilling three-game series.

    Peter says: "Book with good premise follows through"
  • 4.0 (78 ratings)
    Coach: Lessons on the Game of Life (






UNABRIDGED) by Michael Lewis Narrated by Michael Lewis

    Coach: Lessons on the Game of Life

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    • By Michael Lewis
    • Narrated By Michael Lewis
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    There was a turning point in Michael Lewis' life, in a baseball game when he was 14 years old. The irascible and often terrifying Coach Fitz put the ball in his hand with the game on the line and managed to convey such confident trust in Lewis's ability that the boy had no choice but to live up to it. "I didn't have words for it then, but I do now: I am about to show the world, and myself, what I can do."

    Darwin8u says: "A Nostalgia Tour of a Great Man"
  • Ball Four: The Final Pitch (






UNABRIDGED) by Jim Bouton Narrated by Jim Bouton

    Ball Four: The Final Pitch

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    • By Jim Bouton
    • Narrated By Jim Bouton
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    When Ball Four was published in 1970, it created a firestorm. Bouton was called a Judas, a Benedict Arnold and a “social leper” for having violated the “sanctity of the clubhouse.” Baseball commissioner Bowie Kuhn tried to force Bouton to sign a statement saying the book wasn’t true. Ballplayers, most of whom hadn’t read it, denounced the book. It was even banned by a few libraries. Almost everyone else, however, loved Ball Four.

    Dennis Anderson says: "Author's reading provides new insight into classic"
  • Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game (






UNABRIDGED) by Michael Lewis Narrated by Scott Brick

    Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Michael Lewis
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
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    Moneyball reveals a quest for something as elusive as the Holy Grail, something that money apparently can't buy: the secret of success in baseball. The logical places to look would be the giant offices of major league teams and the dugouts. But the real jackpot is a cache of numbers collected over the years by a strange brotherhood of amateur baseball enthusiasts: software engineers, statisticians, Wall Street analysts, lawyers, and physics professors.

    Gordon Lamb says: "Excellent Book, Outstanding Narration, Sloppy Edit"
  • Calico Joe (






UNABRIDGED) by John Grisham Narrated by Erik Singer

    Calico Joe

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Erik Singer
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    Whatever happened to Calico Joe? It began quietly enough with a pulled hamstring. The first baseman for the Cubs AAA affiliate in Wichita went down as he rounded third and headed for home. The next day, Jim Hickman, the first baseman for the Cubs, injured his back. The team suddenly needed someone to play first, so they reached down to their AA club in Midland, Texas, and called up a 21-year-old named Joe Castle. He was the hottest player in AA and creating a buzz....

    Carolyn Hathaway says: "Baseball fans only"
  • Where Nobody Knows Your Name: Life In the Minor Leagues of Baseball (






UNABRIDGED) by John Feinstein Narrated by John Feinstein

    Where Nobody Knows Your Name: Life In the Minor Leagues of Baseball

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By John Feinstein
    • Narrated By John Feinstein
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    John Feinstein is one of the most influential sportswriters of the last three decades. In his masterful new audiobook, Where Nobody Knows Your Name, Feinstein delivers a fascinating account of the mysterious proving ground of America’s national pastime, pulling back the veil on the minor leagues of baseball.

    W. Perry Hall says: "Living on the Cusp of a Dream"
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  • Heat (






UNABRIDGED) by Mike Lupica Narrated by Paolo Andino

    Heat

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Mike Lupica
    • Narrated By Paolo Andino
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    (56)
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    Twelve-year-old Michael Arroyo lives in the shadows of Yankee Stadium, home of his heroes, but a place that might as well be on a different continent since he can't afford to see the inside. He also lives in the shadows of his Bronx neighborhood, hiding from the bill collectors and the officials who would separate him from his 17-year-old brother if they knew the two boys were living on their own. Baseball is Michael's only salvation.

    John Gates McKibbin says: "Great baseball read"
  • Baseball as a Road to God: Seeing Beyond the Game (






UNABRIDGED) by John Sexton Narrated by Christopher Lane

    Baseball as a Road to God: Seeing Beyond the Game

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By John Sexton
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
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    For more than a decade, New York University president John Sexton has used baseball to illustrate the elements of a spiritual life in a wildly popular course at NYU. Using great works of baseball literature as well as the actual game’s fantastic moments, its legendary characters, and its routine rituals - from the long-sought triumph of the 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers to the heroic achievements of players like the saintly Christy Mathewson and the sinful Ty Cobb to the loving intimacy of a game of catch between a father and son - Sexton teaches that through the game we can touch the spiritual dimensions of life.

  • They Called Me God: The Best Umpire Who Ever Lived (






UNABRIDGED) by Doug Harvey, Peter Golenbock Narrated by Robert Brown

    They Called Me God: The Best Umpire Who Ever Lived

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Doug Harvey, Peter Golenbock
    • Narrated By Robert Brown
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    In the pageantry of baseball, one select group is virtually unknown in the outside world, derided by fans, faced with split-second choices that spell victory or defeat. These men are up-close observers of the action, privy to inside jokes, blood feuds, benches-clearing brawls, and managers’ expletive-filled tirades. In this wonderful memoir, Hall of Fame umpire Doug Harvey takes us within baseball as you’ve never seen it, with unforgettable inside stories of baseball greats such as Willie Mays, Sandy Koufax, and Whitey Herzog.

    Rick says: "The Best? Possibly."
  • The Closer (






UNABRIDGED) by Mariano Rivera, Wayne Coffey Narrated by Michael Kay

    The Closer

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Mariano Rivera, Wayne Coffey
    • Narrated By Michael Kay
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    Mariano Rivera, the man who intimidated thousands of batters merely by opening a bullpen door, began his incredible journey as the son of a poor Panamanian fisherman. When first scouted by the Yankees, he didn't even own his own glove. He thought he might make a good mechanic. When discovered, he had never flown in an airplane, had never heard of Babe Ruth, spoke no English, and couldn't imagine Tampa, the city where he was headed to begin a career that would become one of baseball's most iconic.

    Brock says: "Awesome memoir, I only wish it was longer"
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  • So You Think You Know Baseball?: A Fan's Guide to the Official Rules (






UNABRIDGED) by Peter E. Meltzer Narrated by Michael Butler Murray

    So You Think You Know Baseball?: A Fan's Guide to the Official Rules

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Peter E. Meltzer
    • Narrated By Michael Butler Murray
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    Essential for armchair umpires and scorekeepers, this guide challenges aficionados on every significant part of the Official Baseball Rules. Few sports lovers are as obsessed with rules and statistics as baseball fans. In So You Think You Know Baseball?, lifelong baseball enthusiast Peter E. Meltzer catalogues every noteworthy baseball rule from the Major League rulebook and illustrates its application with actual plays, from the historical to the contemporary. You can listen to the book from start to finish or consult it while watching a game to understand the mechanics of a play or how it should be scored.

  • Great Baseball Writing (






UNABRIDGED) by Editors of Sports Illustrated Narrated by Dennis Holland

    Great Baseball Writing

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Editors of Sports Illustrated
    • Narrated By Dennis Holland
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    When Sports Illustrated was launched in 1954, baseball was, indisputable, the national pastime, its stars America's epic heroes, its rivalries the era's mythology. As baseballs fortunes rose and fell over the next 50 years - and then rose again to new heights, drawing more than 65 million fans to ballparks in 2004 - the game never failed to produce great drama and inspired storytelling.

    Jake says: "You'll grow on Dennis Holland"
  • Heads-Up Baseball: Playing the Game One Pitch at a Time (






UNABRIDGED) by Tom Hanson, Ken Ravizza Narrated by Lloyd James

    Heads-Up Baseball: Playing the Game One Pitch at a Time

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Tom Hanson, Ken Ravizza
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
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    What does it mean to play heads-up baseball? A heads-up player has confidence in his ability, keeps control in pressure situations, and focuses on one pitch at a time. His mental skills enable him to play consistently at or near his best despite the adversity baseball presents each day.

  • The Boy Who Saved Baseball (






UNABRIDGED) by John Ritter Narrated by Robert Ramirez

    The Boy Who Saved Baseball

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By John Ritter
    • Narrated By Robert Ramirez
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    In his third book on baseball, John Ritter takes the reader to Dillontown where, through a series of events, the fate of the town rests on the outcome of a baseball game. Tom and a newcomer, Cruz, convince a former Major-League Baseball player to coach the team. The team prepares for the big day by using unorthodox training methods. While the team wins the game, it still takes an unusual set of circumstances to save the town.

  • Josh Hamilton: An Unauthorized Biography (






UNABRIDGED) by Belmont and Belcourt Biographies Narrated by Mark Holcomb

    Josh Hamilton: An Unauthorized Biography

    • UNABRIDGED (47 mins)
    • By Belmont and Belcourt Biographies
    • Narrated By Mark Holcomb
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    Hamilton's exceptional talents and off-field issues have fans and critics alike wondering where his career will take him next. Inside, you will discover where it all started and learn why so many fans love Hamilton so much. From family to baseball to the future, all you need to know about Josh Hamilton is right here, right now, in the most up to date coverage of Josh Hamilton's life. This audiobook also includes all of Josh Hamilton's MLB statistics.

  • Baseball's Finest Moments (






UNABRIDGED) by Jack L. Hayes Narrated by Bobby Brill

    Baseball's Finest Moments

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Jack L. Hayes
    • Narrated By Bobby Brill
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    In this audiobook, you'll find scores of interesting stories about unforgettable moments in the game, and see what the batboy saw as he mingled with legendary players of the 1950s, a time that may well go down as the greatest in American baseball history!

  • Baseball When the Grass Was Real: Baseball from the Twenties to the Forties Told by the Men Who Played It (






UNABRIDGED) by Donald Honig Narrated by Stephen McLaughlin

    Baseball When the Grass Was Real: Baseball from the Twenties to the Forties Told by the Men Who Played It

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Donald Honig
    • Narrated By Stephen McLaughlin
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    Donald Honig crossed the country to meet and interview former big-league ball players. They shared their memories with him and the result is a book packed with nostalgia, statistics, action, revelations - an extraordinary oral history of baseball in the halcyon days beween the two world wars. Babe Ruth, Lefty Grove, Ted Williams, Bob Feller, Dizzy Dean, Jackie Robinson, Lou Gehrig, and many others are brought to life through the recollections of Wes Ferrell, Charlie Gehringer, Elbie Fletcher, Bucky Waters, Billy Herman, and more.

    Larry says: "Need real people to talk"
  • The Man in the Dugout: 15 Big League Managers Speak Their Minds (






UNABRIDGED) by Donald Honig Narrated by Stephen McLaughlin

    The Man in the Dugout: 15 Big League Managers Speak Their Minds

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Donald Honig
    • Narrated By Stephen McLaughlin
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    The 15 major-league managers interviewed in The Man in the Dugout represent six decades of baseball - men like Joe McCarthy of the New York Yankees and Walter Alston of the Brooklyn Dodgers. Each oral history, steeped in nostalgia and confidentiality, is a record of the triumphs and defeats of the man carrying the prime responsibility of a multimillion-dollar franchise. Here the manager is revealed as a strategist, tactician, peacemaker, politician, ego-soother, and builder of self-confidence.

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  • Baseball before We Knew It: A Search for the Roots of the Game (






UNABRIDGED) by David Block Narrated by Stephen McLaughlin

    Baseball before We Knew It: A Search for the Roots of the Game

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By David Block
    • Narrated By Stephen McLaughlin
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    It may be America's game, but no one seems to know how or when baseball really started. Theories abound, myths proliferate, but reliable information has been in short supply - until now, when Baseball before We Knew It brings fresh new evidence of baseball's origins into play. David Block looks into the early history of the game and of the 150-year-old debate about its beginnings.

  • Baseball between the Lines: Baseball in the Forties and Fifties as Told by the Men Who Played It (






UNABRIDGED) by Donald Honig Narrated by Ben Bartolone

    Baseball between the Lines: Baseball in the Forties and Fifties as Told by the Men Who Played It

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Donald Honig
    • Narrated By Ben Bartolone
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    Here is the exciting story of baseball during and after World War II - when clubs still traveled by train, when night games and artificial lighting began to replace hot afternoons at the ball park, when the major leagues finally took on the talent that had been restricted to the Negro leagues, and when baseball started to become big business. In this companion volume to Baseball When the Grass Was Real, Donald Honig collects the reminiscences of nineteen players.

  • The Men in Blue: Conversations with Umpires (






UNABRIDGED) by Larry R. Gerlach Narrated by James Patrick Cronin

    The Men in Blue: Conversations with Umpires

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Larry R. Gerlach
    • Narrated By James Patrick Cronin
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    The philosopher Jacques Barzun thought that "whoever wants to know the heart and mind of America had better learn baseball". And whoever wants to know baseball had better learn about umpires. As Larry Gerlach points out in The Men in Blue, these arbiters transform competitive chaos into organized sport. They make it possible to "play ball", but nobody loves them.Considering the abuse meted out by fans and players, why would any sane person want to be an umpire? Many reasons emerge in conversations with a dozen former major-league arbiters.

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