The Storytellers: From Mel Allen to Bob Costas : Sixty Years of Baseball Tales from the Broadcast Booth

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"The Storytellers" are baseball s play-by-play and color men who have created the legends and lore of the game. From the days of static-filled radio broadcasts to today's internationally televised games, baseball has been shaped into America s pastime by these wizards of the microphone. Assembled in this terrific collection, these great announcers from all over the country share with us some of their favorite stories about the job - their best games, most admired players, preferred parks, biggest flubs and more. With their unique styles of speech, cadences, and catch phrases, these broadcasters have become our friends at the ballpark conveying the excitement, celebrating the victories, and commiserating on the defeats. Baseball fans of all ages and from the East coast to the West coast will enjoy welcoming these ballpark friends into their homes once again. "The Storytellers" will be released in an audio version in Spring 1997.

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Curt Smith takes a stunningly simple idea and executes it in an obvious format: assemble the Homers of baseball and let them rip. The result is an oral history of the game delivered with the crispness and color of the voices in the broadcast booth whose day--and night--job is to bring us the game. There are giants at work here: Mel Allen, Jack Brickhouse, Curt Gowdy, and Ernie Harwell. There are newer voices, too--Bob Costas, Tim McCarver, and John Miller among them--but The Storytellers truly belongs to the sounds of the past brought into the present. Allen on Mickey Mantle is wonderfully stirring, as is Gowdy on Ted Williams. Funny when it wants to be, and poignant without forcing nostalgia, The Storytellers is a bit like coming home, turning on the radio, and hearing the comfortable and exuberant sounds of childhood passion. The writing is a reminder of why, in an era of cold corporate ownership and player greed, the game survives in the heart and somehow endures.

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