A compendium of anecdotes and controversial opinions covers two decades of umpiring experience and fun times encountered by an outspoken baseball figure.
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Durwood Merrill may be one of the best umpires in the American League, though even he would admit he's a less-than-brilliant reader. His Texas drawl sputters, halts and cracks as he labors through this recording, but he's got an infectious charm, entertaining behind-the-scenes anecdotes and some great turns of phrase. Whether he's sharing his recipe for Southern fried chicken or recalling the times Baltimore Orioles manager Earl Weaver got on him "like stink on a fresh cow chip," he's a natural storyteller. And his lists of the best and the worst in various categories ("Durwood's Dozens"), particularly his "All-Bitch Team" of the whiniest players he's ever umpired, are just dang funny. D.B. (c)AudioFile, Portland, MaineFrom Library Journal:
Sports fans will enjoy this flamboyant author's uplifting story of his ascent from a simple life as a Midwestern farmboy to one of the big leagues' premier umpires. In a down-to-earth and oftentimes outspoken style, Merrill calls them like he sees them when it comes to his views on major-league players, managers, and the commercialization of our national pastime. Adams Morgan's fast-paced, energetic narration fits Merrill's bold, self-assured personality and conveys his passion for the craft of calling major-league baseball games. Like most sports biographies, this entertaining program should circulate well in public libraries large and small.?Mark Tierney, Charles Cty. Pub. Schs., Waldorf, MD
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Book Description Dh Audio, U.S.A., 1998. Book Condition: Good. Audio Cassette book in good condition. Scan available upon request. Audio Cassette. Bookseller Inventory # 015285