Cult Baseball Players: The Greats, the Flakes, the Weird and the Wonderful

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Sixty well-known writers profile their favorite baseball heroes, ranging from such all-time greats as Mickey Mantle, Willy Mays, and Joe DiMaggio to would-be wonders including Bob Uecker, Dick Allen, and Dusty Rhodes

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These 59 eclectic vignettes cover the gamut of professional baseball players--from the Superstar Legend (Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio, Willie Mays) to the Solid Major Leaguer (Vada Pinson, Lou Piniella, Roger Maris) to the Certified Flake (Bill Lee, Jimmy Piersall). Written by a motley all-star group (among them, novelists Elmore Leonard and Hilma Wolitzer, talk show host Larry King, film critic Andrew Sarris, scientist Stephen Jay Gould and TV sports announcer Tim McCarver), these essays capture the scope of a game that is not always centered on the star athlete. In fact, the most appealing entries are about such figures as Moe Berg, a third-string catcher for 15 major-league seasons, who was also a brilliant intellect and OSS operative; Joe Charboneau, who could drink beer through his nose; and Marvelous Marv Throneberry, the first-baseman mascot of the dreadful 1962 New York Mets. Peary's (365 Sports-Facts-a-Year-Calendar) anthology is wide-ranging, informative and fun. Illustrations not seen by PW.
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From Library Journal:

As this anthology makes clear, hero worship among celebrities is no less a phenomenon than it is among average baseball fans. The collection includes essays by Pete Hamill on the heady style of Eddie Stanky, Elmore Leonard on the dedication of George Kell, John Lithgow on the "gentle giant" Ted Kluzewski, and Stephen Jay Gould on journeyman Dusty Rhodes's moment in the sun. The articles are interesting not so much for the insight they offer into the ball players, but for the personal attachments the contributors formed for their heroes--further evidence of the unique hold the game has on all segments of society. An engaging work, but aside from a few probing pieces, definitely on the light side.
- William H. Hoffman, Ft. Myers-Lee Cty. P.L., Fla.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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