This Side of Cooperstown: An Oral History of Major League Baseball in the 1950s

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Lesser-known ball players of the 1950s describe their experiences with the sport, traveling to competitions, problems with segregation, and holding other jobs off-season

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Baseball players are storytellers, and this book is a collection of stories about the game told by players from the 1950s. These are not tales told by the Mickey Mantles or Hank Aarons of the era but the words of excellent ballplayers nevertheless, men like Virgil Trucks, Gene Woodling, Carl Erskine, Vic Power, Frank Thomas, and a dozen other notable players who loved the game and played it very well for many seasons, although not accumulating statistics that would enshrine them in the bronze of Cooperstown. The players' voices reach back with clarity and affection to describe the game as it was in baseball's golden age, an era of transition for baseball and for America: more than three hundred farm teams, train travel, segregation, offseasons of holding down jobs in sales or construction to make ends meet. But the book is more than memories of the ball field. Larry Moffi has transcribed and orchestrated the voices of men who played the game day after day, year after year - the good and nearly great - who have nothing to hide and little to lose by giving us their generous recollections. These are the players who seemed, to the average fan, somehow more human than the superstars and who today - when the lives and events of Hall of Famers are common knowledge - speak to us with confidence and insight, providing a perspective of the game in its entirety.

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The 1950s did much to shape baseball as it is played today: it changed from a day game to a night game, from train to jet, from radio to TV and from East Coast to West Coast. In this history, Moffi (coauthor, Crossing the Line) reports on interviews with 17 of the players who weathered the transition: not the Williamses, Mantles or Mayses but major leaguers who might be called near-great, from pitchers Mel Parnell and Virgil Trucks, both of whom pitched no-hitters and ended with ERAs under 4.0, to sluggers such as Roy Sievers, who hit more than 300 home runs, and exceptional fielders such as shortstop Marty Marion, who played on three World Series-winning teams. To a man they reject the romantic notion that they played only for love of the game and were indifferent to money. Any fan will enjoy this title as part of the history of the game, and it should particularly delight the over-50 crowd. Photos.
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