In Confessions of a Baseball Purist Jon Miller takes us on a journey into the heart of baseball as he's seen it from the best seat in the house. He brings to life the emotion of the night Cal Ripken broke Lou Gehrig's consecutive games played record, the history-soaked drama when the Giants and the Dodgers faced off in a crucial pennant-race series in September '97, Eddie Murray's fitting return to the Orioles to hit his 500th home run; and the day Edward Bennett Williams--then-owner of the Orioles--approved the plans for the creation of Camden Yards. But Jon doesn't shy away from pointing a finger at the darker forces at work in the game: the follies of radical realignment; excessive reliance on novelties such as widespread interleague play; and owners and general managers who can't make a move without discussing the economic ramifications, even though that's the last thing their fans want to hear about.
True to the broadcaster's art, Confessions of a Baseball Purist calls the game the way Jon Miller sees it: with wit, with style, and with absolute candor. For the baseball purist in all of us, Miller provides a rallying cry, some warm memories, and reasons to keep believing in the game we love.
|Publisher:||Johns Hopkins University Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.43(w) x 8.41(h) x 0.75(d)|
About the Author
Jon Miller is the voice of the San Francisco Giants and has been the voice of ESPN Sunday Night Baseball since 1990. He is also the voice of the World Series on ESPN radio. He previously called games for the Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox, Texas Rangers, and Oakland A's. He makes his home in Moss Beach, California. Mark Hyman is a long-time sports journalist and a lawyer. He has written extensively about baseball, has won several national awards, and has twice been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland.