With a lineup this strong, it doesn't matter who's batting cleanup. Whether it's Barry Bonds, Johnny Bench, or Mickey Mantle, listeners are destined to enjoy the interviews collected in this audiobook. Conducted by the pioneering sports broadcaster Ann Liguori, these interviews provide a glimpse inside the lives of some of our more famous and more infamous baseball players. Topics range from the lighthearted golf predilection of Johnny Bench to the night Pete Rose broke Ty Cobb's all-time hit record. This collection of interviews is a must-have for any listener who's ever dreamed of hitting off a long ball into the October sky.
Ann asks baseball heroes about their careers, explores historic stats, finds out what motivates them, digs into the juicy controversies, their screw-ups, and a host of other insightful issues that surround each of these record-setting baseball players.
In these rare epic interviews, discover the inner motivation of a 14-time All-Star, what is going through a pitchers mind when pitching a perfect game, digging deep into the greatest moments in the game, and how these champions define excellence in America's favorite pastime!
©2009 Ann Liguori; (P)2009 Ann Liguori
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To hear these interviews with these men of baseball, is really enlightening. I grew up watching some of these guys and it truly amazes me to hear how they feel about certain things on and off the field from way back when until the present. Especially guys like Mick and Pete Rose, they hold nothing back it seams. I could listen to more!
"Not really baseball stories."
I thought this would be a book of baseball stories. There were a few, but it was more of a free ranging discussion. If you want to hear how Phil Rizzuto met his wife, how Duke Snider got in trouble with the IRS, how Johnny Bench likes to play golf, to hear about how Phil Niekro got signed, hear about Barry and Bobby Bonds relationship from both sides, how Whitey Ford didn't know Mickey Mantle had a drinking problem, how Ted Williams and his son got closer after his stroke, this is the audiobook for you.
I will try 'Great Baseball Stories' by Lee Gutkind, et al.
The narration was fine. It was the audio of an interview show.
"Swing and a Miss"
The book would have been much better if we were told when each interview occurred. That would give us an important perspective on the former player's remarks about today game.
Some interviews spent more time talking about golf than baseball. I would have loved to hear more about the player's talk about things that go on in the clubhouse, or what it was like to play with certain teammates. Too often the interview rambled to irrelevant subjects. That is too bad when you have such famous people at the microphone. For example, ask Johnny Bench what pitch he was calling when Carlton Fisk hit his famous home run in the '75 World Series. Was he setting up another pitch? Ask Whitey Ford which hitters he had the hardest time with, or how he changed his pitching as he approached the end of his career. I wish the interview asked questions like that and got out of the way of the answer.
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