©1998 Lawrence S. Ritter; (P)1998 Neal McCabe, Henry W. Thomas, and Lawrence S. Ritter; Original Interviews ©1961-65 National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum Inc. and the University of Notre Dame Library Recording
"Almost perfect...vivid, gentle, and humorous." (The New Yorker)
Again and Again. I've listened to this audiobook 20+ times. The interviews with the players are amazing.
Listening to Hans Lobert talking about his Babe Ruth memorabilia took his chapter from my least favorite in print to my most favorite in the whole thing.
Glory of Their Times is a great printed book for the lover of the Golden Age of Baseball. The audiobook though takes it to an entirely new level because, instead of Larry Ritter's excellent storytelling transcription of his interviews that you get in print, you actually get to listen to the interviews themselves as if you were there. Ritter prefaces every chapter/interview with a humorous anecdote and some background on the player that's being interviewed then the real delight begins.
Absolutely fantastic recording--truly, the only thing I would change about it is that I would make it ten times longer with ten times as many interviews. Otherwise, it's perfect.
I recommend this book, especially to my baseball friends, which most are. Being entertained for hours by former ballplayers recounting their glory days brought much joy. Starting with the reading of Ball Four in high school, the storytelling ability of former ballplayers continues to amaze me. That explains books on, or by, Lou, Babe, Stan, Willie, Sandy, Yogi, and Roberto lining my shelves. However, unlike Ball Four and most of the others, this book needs to be heard. The voices make the book come alive and place you right on the fields and in the dugouts.
Ball Four by Jim Bouton
The stories were told by former MLB players. You cannot beat that for authenticity.
I downloaded this book the day my brother and I drove to Cooperstown, New York to visit the Baseball Hall of Fame for the first time in our 50+ years of life. The most moving part of the book came after reaching the Hall when names of the players whose stories we just heard came to life. Players we never knew before hearing the stories in this book appeared before our eyes in the halls of the Hall. Priceless!
Listening to the passion in these players' voices, their love of the game and their humor reminded me why I am a baseball fan. I wish there was a book like this on hockey.
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