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

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Tales from the locker room never before shared

For 35 years "Big Jim" Ksicinski served as headwaiter, valet, and confidant for major-league baseball players. During his tenure as the visiting clubhouse manager at Milwaukee's County Stadium, he encountered hundreds of players from both leagues.

This one-of-a-kind book celebrates the American pastime with its intriguing stories from behind the clubhouse doors. Poignant and inspiring, raunchy and hilarious, Jocks and Socks is baseball as it has never been seen--or heard--before.

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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:

Known by everyone in baseball as "Big Jim," Jim Ksicinski started working in the clubhouse as a teenager when the Braves were in Milwaukee and became visiting clubhouse manager in 1970 when the Seattle Pilots moved to Milwaukee and became the Brewers. He retired after the 1998 season.

Tom Flaherty covered baseball for more than 25 years as a sportswriter for the Wisconsin State Journal and the Milwaukee Journal.

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