My Father's Game: Life, Death, Baseball

My Father's Game: Life, Death, Baseball

by Rick Wilber


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During his long baseball career, Del Wilber caught for the Red Sox, Cardinals and Phillies; managed 6 minor league teams; scouted for 4 major league clubs; and served as third base coach for the Senators. Written by his son, Rick, this elegant memoir recalls Wilber's life from the unique perspective of a son who grew up in major league dugouts, experienced the joys and hardships that go along with having a big-league dad, and served as his father's caregiver after he became terminally ill. The book is a moving account of the major leaguer's life and the emotionally exasperating ordeal of caring for a dying parent.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786429844
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 10/31/2007
Pages: 214
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.43(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Rick Wilber is a journalism professor at the University of South Florida. He lives in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Preface 1

1. Cycling In 5

2. At the End: July 2002 8

3. Getting into the Game 15

4. The Easy Way, the Hard Way 43

5. Writing Dad 51

6. Using Dad 57

7. Special Needs 65

8. Assisted Living 71

9. The Aristocracy 77

10. Myth and History 80

11. Keeping Score 95

12. Fins to the Left 100

13. The Final Game: March 2002 115

14. Alternate Realities 124

15. Some Hard-Earned Advice 129

16. Bridges: May 2002 151

17. Memorabilia 160

18. Life After Baseball 172

19. Post Hoc 182

20. Cycling Out 186

Appendix: Some Useful Resources 189

Index 195

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My Father's Game: Life, Death, Baseball 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
TheIcemanCometh More than 1 year ago
A powerful, bittersweet memoir of a father and of a game that was his life, in the words of a son devoted to both.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a must read for anyone coping with the decline in health of a parent or for anyone in a caregiving role. Mr. Wilbur captures in print the meaning of caring for a former career baseball father in his fall from his glory years.