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  • "Doc of Ks and living life one day a..."

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    A truly tragic yet inspiring story of a young man with insane skills on the baseball diamond who has fought his entire life with the demons of addiction to drugs and alcohol. The shattered lives he left in his wake as he sunk deeper and deeper into self destruction was tragic but thankfully he never hit bottom which to Doc is the grave. Here's to Doc as he continues his struggle to slay his demons every day one day at a time.

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    Doc: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Dwight Gooden, Ellis Henican
    • Narrated By J. D. Jackson
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    A brutally honest memoir of talent, addiction, and recovery from one of the greatest baseball pitchers of all time. As a shy 19-year-old, Dwight Gooden swept into New York, lifting a team of crazy characters to World Series greatness and giving a beleaguered city a reason to believe. Then he threw it all away. Now, with fresh and sober eyes, the Mets’ beloved Dr. K shares the intimate details of his life and career, revealing all the extraordinary highs and lows: The hidden traumas in his close-knit Tampa family. The thrill and pressure of being a young baseball phenom in New York.

    William says: "...Doctor K, delivers another strike"
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  • The Extra 2%: How Wall Street Strategies Took a Major League Baseball Team from Worst to First

    "No Strategies or Insight"

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    This book is what one would expect if they picked up a Sports Illustrated Tampa Bay Rays Season video that comes with an annual subscription (you know, the one that is near impossible to cancel!) I got through the whole thing because I don't really follow the Rays, so it was all new to me. Unfortunately, I was expecting more detail on the Wall Street guys behind some of the baseball strategies that are being used in today's game. Instead, it felt like a long winded history of the Rays.

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

    "I <3 Baseball...but not this book so much."

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    I picked this book up in hopes that it would give me more insight to the mind of the man MLB named, The Genius. As a baseball coach, one can aspire to be as successful as Tony LaRussa. There are some good stories and the season detailed kept me interested, but I didn't ever get that feeling that I was learning something beyond I could have put together on my own by following the Cardinals via news, blogs, and online. If you are a Cards fan, then this will not disappoint. If you are a baseball fan, it's still worth a listen. It's not an any man baseball book like Moneyball though.

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  • "Three Ten Year Updates Give Bouton ..."

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    Ball Four is one of those books that I always thought I knew what it said and what it was about, and never had the least interest in picking it up and reading it. Although I would describe myself as a above average baseball fan, and my general interest in all topics baseball as high, for some reason, it had just never struck me that this was a book I should read. Maybe it was the fact that I knew Jim Bouton had been a Yankee. Maybe it was the fact that I knew the book had been controversial and somewhere along the way I had heard critical opinions of it. Maybe it was that noone ever grabbed me and said, "Byron, you should read this book!" (Or if they did, I didn't hear them.)

    But over the past four years, I have become a ravenous listener to audiobooks, and over the last two years, have discovered that I have missed a lot of reading in my life. Shakespeare, Charles Dickens, Winston Churchill have all caught my attention with their classic works. Then, last month, I starting browsing the baseball related books, looking to shift gears, and Ball Four caught my eye. When I downloaded it, I noticed that the book was read by the author. I didn't notice until I started the book that it also include three updates at 10 year intervals after the initial book was published. More about those updates in a minute.

    I found the book somewhat interesting initially. Bouton starts at the beginning of the 1969 season, when he was playing for the expansion Seattle Pilots, and he makes frequent reference to his glory years with the Yankees earlier in the 60's, but he also makes it clear early on that things went sour for him in New York, although he never really presents the New York history in story-telling form. His focus stays on the 1969 season, and he presents it in almost diary format, where he bounces back and forth from things that happened or were said each day to reminisces from earlier in his career, with a particularly humorous way and seldom flattering way of describing current and former teammates. At times, he is absorbed with his own sense of self-importance, trying to figure out why he doesn't get respect from management or teammates.

    A few weeks into the season, I began to wonder if I really wanted to finish the whole book. This was going to get tiresome going through the whole season, and I knew the Seattle Pilots did not have a good season, so there wasn't going to be any good baseball story there, I thought. But, perhaps for lack of a ready alternative, I hung in there, kept listening, and began to find myself absolutely absorbed in the season, and recognizing how incredibly thorough of a look inside the life of baseball players in the 1960s I was receiving.

    By the time we got to the end of the season, and the end of the initial book, I felt thoroughly entertained and appreciative of the service Bouton had provided to me to bring the major league of my youth to life in a new way. There were times, as Bouton read his own book, when he would chuckle at the stories he was telling, which was annoying a couple of times, but on the whole, added to the read. Even as he poked fun at his teammates and managers for their foolishness, you saw that the pot was calling the kettle black, and I can to appreciate that Bouton was both egotistical and self-deprecating, and I decided I really liked the guy. If I had been a player, I would probably have been a lot like him.

    It was clear why the book had been controversial. It was probably the first tell-all book, and he mocked some of the greats of the game. He portrayed Joe Schultz, the manager of the Pilots, and Sal Maglie, the pitching coach, as men without a clue as to how to make strategic decisions to win games, and he revealed the incredible cheap-ness of the owners. Bouton was earning a salary of $22,000 in 1969, so this was back in the days before any Tom, Dick, or Harry could strap on a glove and earn a million dollars, and the stories he tells on the owners are priceless.

    Stopping at the end of the original Ball Four would have left a good taste in my mouth, and I would have written a 4 star review, and all would have been well. But, Bouton added the three updates, from 1980, 1990, and 2000, and this book jumped from 4 stars to 5 stars plus in my estimation.

    Now a disclaimer here, the last update is tough...it involves a crying Bouton telling the sad story of the death of a family member. I'm a sap.. I appreciated it. You may not. It is not long, and if that's not your cup of tea, speed through it and move on.

    But the richness of the updates come in two other ways: 1) he gives incredible insight into life after baseball. Going to visit the former teammate who now has a plumbing business was just wonderful. 2) he discusses the evolution of the response to the book, which was not well received my many teammates or by the baseball establishment. It was notorious, far beyond what it deserved in my opinion, but that just speaks to the shallow-mindedness of so many of the people in baseball. But through the updates, one gets a 30 year retrospective of how one man tried to take a stand, and to my way of thinking, we are better for his efforts.

    If you are an Old baseball fan and have not read this book, get the audio version with Bouton reading it, and indulge yourself. If you are a young baseball fan, and don't know who Jim Bouton is, and did not know there was ever a major league team called the Seattle Pilots, let me introduce you to some baseball history. I think you will find it hard to believe much of what you read, but in the end you will realize the magnitude of the cultural change of the past 40 years since the concept of "free agency" was introduced into professional sports.

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    Ball Four: The Final Pitch

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 32 mins)
    • 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"

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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.

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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.

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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.

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    • By Leigh Montville
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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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    Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game (






ABRIDGED) by Michael Lewis Narrated by Michael Lewis

    Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game

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    • 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.

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    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

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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.

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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"
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    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
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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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    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

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • 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"
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    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
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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."

    Elizabeth says: "Nice listen but WAY OVERPRICED"
  • Ball Four: The Final Pitch (






UNABRIDGED) by Jim Bouton Narrated by Jim Bouton

    Ball Four: The Final Pitch

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 32 mins)
    • 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"
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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"
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UNABRIDGED) by John Grisham Narrated by Erik Singer

    Calico Joe

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    • By John Grisham
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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"
  • 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"
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UNABRIDGED) by John Feinstein Narrated by John Feinstein

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

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    • 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"
  • The Closer (






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

    The Closer

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    • By Mariano Rivera, Wayne Coffey
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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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UNABRIDGED) by Jonah Keri Narrated by Lloyd James

    The Extra 2%: How Wall Street Strategies Took a Major League Baseball Team from Worst to First

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    • By Jonah Keri
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
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    In The Extra 2%, financial journalist and sportswriter Jonah Keri chronicles the remarkable story of one team's Cinderella journey from divisional doormat to World Series contender. By quantifying the game's intangibles, they were able to deliver to Tampa Bay an American League pennant. This is an informative and entertaining case study for any organization that wants to go from worst to first.

    Victor Luera says: "No Strategies or Insight"
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UNABRIDGED) by Terry Francona, Dan Shaughnessy Narrated by Jeff Gurner

    Francona: The Red Sox Years

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Terry Francona, Dan Shaughnessy
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
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    From famed manager Terry Francona, a lively, unvarnished narrative of his tenure with the storied Boston Red Sox... From 2004 to 2011, Terry Francona managed the Boston Red Sox, the most talked-about, scrutinized team in all of sports. In Francona the legendary manager opens up for the first time about his eight years there, as they went from cursed franchise to one of the most successful and profitable in baseball history. He takes listeners inside the rarefied world of a 21st-century clubhouse.

    Sean says: "I enjoyed it a lot,"
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  • Blood Sport: Alex Rodriguez, Biogenesis, and the Quest to End Baseball's Steroid Era (






UNABRIDGED) by Tim Elfrink, Gus Garcia-Roberts Narrated by Johnny Heller

    Blood Sport: Alex Rodriguez, Biogenesis, and the Quest to End Baseball's Steroid Era

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Tim Elfrink, Gus Garcia-Roberts
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
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    All Porter Fischer wanted was the $4,000 Tony Bosch owed him. But Bosch would not pay him back, so he swiped Bosch’s Biogenesis ledgers as collateral. Fischer eventually examined the lists of clients and treatment plans revealed in the ledgers and saw what he really had: proof that major and minor sports figures came to the Miami antiaging clinic for anabolic steroids, human growth hormones, and other illegal drugs. That included one of the greatest sluggers in modern baseball history: three-time MVP Alex Rodriguez.

  • Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig (






ABRIDGED) by Jonathan Eig, Jonathan Eig (introduction and notes) Narrated by Edward Herrmann

    Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig

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    • By Jonathan Eig, Jonathan Eig (introduction and notes)
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
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    Lou Gehrig was the Iron Horse, baseball's strongest and most determined superstar, struck down in his prime by a disease that now bears his name. But who was Lou Gehrig, really? Lou Gehrig is regarded as the greatest first baseman in baseball history. Shy and socially awkward, Gehrig was a misfit on a Yankee team that included drinkers and hell-raisers, most notably Babe Ruth.

    Barbara says: "Outstanding just wish it was unabridged"
  • Pete Rose: An American Dilemma (






UNABRIDGED) by Kostya Kennedy Narrated by Ben Bartolone

    Pete Rose: An American Dilemma

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    • By Kostya Kennedy
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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."
  • Million Dollar Arm: Sometimes to Win, You Have to Change the Game (






UNABRIDGED) by J. B. Bernstein Narrated by George Newbern

    Million Dollar Arm: Sometimes to Win, You Have to Change the Game

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By J. B. Bernstein
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    India is a country with more than one billion people, a fanatical national cricket obsession, and exactly zero talent scouts. There, superstar sports agent J. B. Bernstein knew that he could find the Yao Ming of baseball - someone with a strong arm and enough raw talent to pitch in the major leagues. Almost no one in India is familiar with the game, but Bernstein had heard enough coaches swear that if you gave them a guy who throws 100 miles an hour, they could teach him how to pitch.

    Karen says: "Delightfully fun listen for a spring weekend"
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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  • 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

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    • 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.

  • Out of the Shadows: African American Baseball from the Cuban Giants to Jackie Robinson (






UNABRIDGED) by Bill Kirwin Narrated by Mirron Willis

    Out of the Shadows: African American Baseball from the Cuban Giants to Jackie Robinson

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Bill Kirwin
    • Narrated By Mirron Willis
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    For nearly 15 years NINE: A Journal of Baseball History and Culture has been a leading scholarly journal of baseball history. Covering the cultural and historical implications of America’s national pastime, NINE has explored baseball from the earliest matches and little-known players of the 1800s to the modern billion-dollar industry and its superstars of today. Here, gathered for the first time, are the best essays from NINE that center on the complex and multifaceted topic of African Americans in baseball.

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