O Holy Cow!: The Selected Verse of Phil Rizzuto

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Hall of Fame shortstop and Yankees broadcaster extraordinaire, the incomparable Phil Rizutto (1917-2007) waxed poetic on America's favorite pastime from the glorious days of Mantle and Maris well into the reign of Jeter and Rivera. For more than a quarter century the Bard of the Booth captured great moments in baseball—and effortlessly interwove them with essential and often hilarious insights into the human condition.

In loving commemoration and celebration of the life and career of an exceptional Man of Baseball, this new edition of O Holy Cow! includes a new foreword by baseball legend Bobby Murcer, a new poem written by editors Tom Peyer and Hart Seely, and more than sixty additional never-before-published masterworks of short, impromptu verse that capture the unmistakable voice of the unforgettable Rizzuto.

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It's difficult for me to write about O Holy Cow! because the sheer brilliance of this volume of poetry completely disarmed me. The editors have discovered a gold mine of "found poetry" in the wordsmithing of New York Yankees baseball announcer Phil Rizzuto. Long considered one of the finest talkers in the game, Tom Peyer and Hart Seely have found that with proper arrangement on the page, Rizzuo's words become modern verse to rival our finest contemporary bards. I'll just let this short selection whet your appetite for the poetic feast that awaits:
F.Y.I. A little high. Two balls. No strikes.
Riverview Medical Center Is down the Jersey shore.
Three balls No strikes.

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Found poetry is based on the idea that all kinds of texts, including conversational speech, are chock full of the stuff of poetry. Interesting sound-patterns, thematic repetitions, startling imagery--these typically poetic dimensions of language are always present, only in less-concentrated forms than one finds in poetry proper. Taking a leap of faith that the theory holds water, editors Tom Peyer and Hart Seely have gone through countless hours of baseball broadcasts and emerged with a book-length collection of what they are calling the verse of Phil Rizzuto, the beloved broadcaster of the New York Yankees. Rizzuto's "poems" are hilarious and often-insightful instances of the poetry of everyday speech. A total success.

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