The Greatest Baseball Stories Ever Told

Thirty Unforgettable Tales from the Diamond
Length: 14 hrs and 51 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (83 ratings)

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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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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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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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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.

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Not Quite What I Expected

I bought this expecting stories about big leaguers and things that I hadn’t heard before. It certainly has it’s share of these, however it has several stories that are about people I’d never heard of or had nothing to do with the majors. A few of those stories are decent, but most are boring and made you wish you would have not wasted time listening to them. However, the stories that were about the majors or MLB players were interesting and kept me from giving this book 1 star. If you have credits and go in knowing that you can skip several chapters, the I’d give it a listen. But if you are looking for a book solely about MLB or stars, you will be disappointed.

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Bad narration

These stories would have been great if they had been easy to follow. The chspters were barely distinguishable from one another, and the narrator showed none of the personality these stories clearly had

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Amazing History

I struggled with three beginning but hated for it to end. I love these stories!

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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