Jocks and Socks : Inside Stories from a Major-League Locker Room

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Behind baseball's clubhouse doors, there's a place where players can be themselves without worrying about the scrutiny of fans or the intrusion of reporters. For 31 seasons "Big Jim" Ksicinski was the keeper of such a sanctuary at Milwaukee County Stadium. Managing the visitors' clubhouse, he served as headwaiter, valet, and confidant for hundreds of players and coaches, from Billy Martin to Cal Ripken Jr. From inspiring stories to laugh-out-loud high jinks, Jocks and Socks captures Ksicinski's unique perspective on the national pastime and its players.

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Baseball stories from a clubhouse insider that you'll never find on the sports page

A clubhouse is a safe haven where ballplayers can be themselves without worrying about the scrutiny of fans or the intrusion of reporters. From 1966 to 1997, author Jim Ksicinski was the keeper of such a sanctuary at Milwaukee's County Stadium, where he served as headwaiter, valet, and confidant for hundreds of major-league players and coaches.

In Jocks and Socks, Big Jim (as he was affectionately known in baseball circles) opens wide the clubhouse doors and shares some of his most memorable baseball moments: the players, the personalities, and the pranks. His candid stories prove that the action in a big-league clubhouse can sometimes be more interesting than the action on the field.

Jocks and Socks is full of Ksicinski's colorful tales and revealing tidbits about:

  • The rowdy and chaotic clubhouse when Billy Martin was in town
  • Playing casino with Rod Carew
  • Cal Ripken Jr. signing autographs for kids until 2 a.m. on gameday
  • Grapes, baseball-shaped chocolate, and other foods that ended up as fodder for clubhouse "batting practice"

Spanning more than thirty years of baseball history, these rare anecdotes will entertain and delight everyone who enjoys the national pastime.

About the Author:

Jim Ksicinski managed the visitors' clubhouse at Milwaukee County Stadium from 1966 to 1997.

Tom Flaherty covered major-league baseball for more than twenty-five years with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. His writing has appeared in various publications, including The Sporting News.

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