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Publisher's Summary

At a 1931 barnstorming exhibition game in Tennessee, a 17-year-old pitcher for the Chattanooga Lookouts struck out Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig back to back. Her name was Jackie Mitchell - "organized baseball's first girl pitcher." On September 9, 1965, Sandy Koufax made baseball history by pitching his fourth perfect game. In July 1970, a stripper rushed onto the field at Riverfront Stadium to kiss Johnny Bench, temporarily disrupting a game attended by President Nixon and his family. These are just some of the great, quirky, and comic moments in the annals of baseball recorded in The Greatest Baseball Stories Ever Told. Here also are profiles of such legendary figures as Joe DiMaggio, Pete Rose, and Yogi Berra, essays that explore the complexities and pleasures of the game, even an excerpt from the movie Bull Durham. This is the perfect book for anyone who has ever played so much as a game of catch.

©2001 Jeff Silverman (P)2016 Tantor

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Not what I was expecting... at all

I was excited to get into the book, but only a few of the 30 stories had anything to do with actual MLB greats. Even those were not really what I was hoping for. Just a bunch of really random stories somehow tied to baseball. In a word, disappointing.

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worst book ever

horrendous in every regard. boring. could not have been worse. no idea what the writer was thinking picking these stories

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Waste of time!

I can’t believe this book. Whoever reads abbot and Costello “who’s in first” like that it’s totally like nails in a chalkboard. Why wouldn’t you at least change voice or get another reader? Plus the stories I heard weren’t that great. Shit this down quickly. On to the next book....

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Couldn't Finish It

Awful narration. The narrator in the first chapter tried to recreate Who is on First by Abbott and Costello. Absolutely butchered this classic. The second chaper a woman tells hoe she learned to keep score,so boring.I stooped right there. Save your money.

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narrator is horrible

The narrator of this book has a horrible voice. Stories are not so much about the game of baseball is it is about the spectators watching games of baseball

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Disappointed

This is a collection of stories about baseball. Some fiction. Some about how a family connected around a love for baseball. Very few are by or about actual MLB’ers. Red Barber story about how Branch Rickey got him ready to call games Jackie Robinson was is was dull. I would ask what year the press box was desegregated? The narrator was very pitchy.

Why can’t they make an audiobook from the oral history project or Fay Vincent’s books?

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definite not the greatest. not one of them

did not love it. struggled to finish. many stories not even remotely interesting and many just end with really no conclusion. poorly assemblied poorly done.

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Not what I was expecting

I was expecting to interesting stories from the game and in the game of baseball. These revolved (loosely) about players in the game but .... just not what I was wanting. Disappointing. I quit after several chapters.

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A marvelous collection of stories and essays.

A true dose of Americana full of literary excellence, history and just pure unabashed joy.

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3 strikes, you're out!

The narration of this book is the very worst. I have close to 400 audio books, and the first story is the narration of the classic, "Whose on First?". A terrible idea, since this is an audio book...wouldn't it be better to play a tape rendition of this famous skit. I order this book for a friend who loves sports. I was embarrassed when I started to listen for myself. Only a true fan could enjoy this version of this book.