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Never These Men: One Man's Look at Baseball's Creatively Cultured Figures

Thomas McDonald

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ISBN 10: 1425919235 / ISBN 13: 9781425919238
Published by AuthorHouse, 2006
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Title: Never These Men: One Man's Look at ...

Publisher: AuthorHouse

Publication Date: 2006

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: New

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Certain individuals find a singular moment in life used to portray them and/or define them, if not basically brand them. In the world of sports, particularly baseball, this practice is raised to a level that is questionable at best, laughable in most instances and blatantly unfair as a rule. The sports media, along with a growing portion of the general public that refuses to form their own opinions, goes to extremes to constantly relive an individual's weak moments. Curiously, they often then close their ridiculing diatribes by mentioning that labeling a particular person is really unfair. In Never These Men, Thomas Porky McDonald, whose previous works stressed the notion that a game like baseball is there for the joy it gives to those who truly love it and understand it, takes a peek at a small collection of the most famous (or is it infamous?) of these media-fueled characters. The idea that someone who cannot possibly do something (play professional sports) might then play judge and jury on those that can (athletes) seems absurd to McDonald, who clearly feels that the ever-growing rash of media outlets, in concert with an unthinking generation of spectators, has only bloated the array of unfounded criticisms and hypocritical rhetoric within our midst. From Fred Merkle, an early media creation, through to Bill Buckner, a truly fine and underrated ballplayer, Never These Men fundamentally asks the reader to imagine how it feels to be branded for a singular moment in one's life. McDonald, foremost a poet, liberally spreads a few relevant original verses throughout this volume, which is fundamentally a call for fair play. The idea of balanced and proper reporting is considered as well, as in the cases of Ralph Branca, Mitch Williams and Ralph Terry. Though all three were solid Major Leaguers who gave up famous home runs, only the former two are constantly cited, a point of contention here. In the area of authority figures, why Charles Comiskey and Judge Landis are

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Thomas Porky McDonald is a poet and writer whose poems and narratives often cross through the ballpark venue. His recent releases, Series Endings...a Whimsical Look at the Final Plays of Baseball's Fall Classic, 1903-2003, a distinctly different view of baseball's modern World Series than most informational volumes of that American icon usually are and At a Loss to Eternity, which looked at a number of talented yet forgotten teams, each helped define the writer's take on baseball and what it entails. In Never These Men, McDonald makes a case for fair play in regard to a number of characters who have been, in his and many others' eyes, unfairly branded. A previous work, Where the Angels Bow to the Grass, A Boy's Memoir, taken mainly from the writers' childhood days of the 1960's and 70's, described the bond between McDonald and his father, Bill "The Chief" McDonald. In addition, his three-book anthology Irishman's Tribute series, which paid homage to many heroes of the past, also honored his father, the de facto Irishman noted in the titles of this collection. An Irishman's Tribute to the Negro Leagues, Over the Shoulder and Plant on One: An Irishman's Tribute to Willie Mays and Hit Sign, Win Suit: An Irishman's Tribute to Ebbets Field each contained short stories and historical material, as well as a small dose of McDonald's trademark baseball poetry. McDonald has also published a book of short stories, Paradise Oval, and his unique New Yorkers take on 9/11, The Air That September, which tried to equate the effect that baseball could have as a healer and a source of joy, one this lifetime City resident obviously reveres. He also recently released his third of four poetry collections which chronicle his work in the 1990's, Closer to Rona: Poems 1997-1999, which picked up where the first two, Ground Pork: Poems 1989-1994 and Downtown Revival: Poems 1994-1997, left off. The fourth volume, Still Chuckin": Poems 1999-2002, will arrive in the very near future, to complete t

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