Throwbacks: Old-School Baseball Players in Today's Game

Throwbacks: Old-School Baseball Players in Today's Game

by George Castle

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Overview


Millionaires complaining to billionaires about more millions - too often that’s how the general public perceives baseball players. When discussions of strikes don’t involve a box from the knees to the shoulders, the game has strayed too far from its roots.Throwbacks: Old-School Baseball Players in Today's Game celebrates those roots and highlights those players today who play the game the same way our parents and grandparents watched it played. It’s an ode to those who play hurt, who play smart, who go all out, who get blood and sweat and dirt on their uniforms and still treat their teammates and fans—and the game—with respect. To the hurlers, the hitters, the scrappers, and even the role players, you don’t have to be a star to be “old-school”; you just have to know how to play the game right.George Castle focuses on a dozen current players who best personify the spirit of baseball’s past. These players take their original talent—be it smarts, hustle, firepower, or muscle—and give it all for their team. While Kerry Wood blows people away with his fastball, Mike Morgan does whatever he’s asked to stay in the game he loves. As Jim Thome muscles balls over the fence, Ellis Burks happily contributes the little things that can mean the difference between winning and losing.In addition to talking to the throwbacks themselves, Castle interviewed past and current teammates, opponents, and even announcers to get an insider’s view of what drives them. It’s one thing for Castle to call them old-school and quite another when the compliment comes from contemporaries. Come read about some of the best of what baseball has to offer—both on and off the field.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781574886375
Publisher: Potomac Books
Publication date: 02/27/2005
Edition description: Revised ed.
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)
Age Range: 15 - 17 Years

About the Author

George B. Castle covers baseball for several Chicago-area newspapers. He also hosts the radio talk show Diamond Gems, heard throughout the MidWest. He has authored four baseball books, including The Million-to-One-Team: Why the Chicago Cubs Haven't Won a Pennant Since 1945 and I Remember Harry Caray.

Table of Contents

List of Photographsvii
Acknowledgmentsix
Introductionxi
1Throwbacks, Webster's Unabridged1
2The Pesky Leadoff Man9
3The Smartest Man in Baseball22
4The Super Slugger57
5The Eternal Pitcher77
6The Utilityman-Turned-Manager100
7The Conscience of a Team119
8The Fireballer132
9The Crafty Lefty161
10The Team Player181
11The Scholar-Athlete196
12The Dirtiest Helmet in the Game215
13The Good Ol' Country Boy233
14The Nonconformist249
15Throwback to the Future268
Epilogue275
Index277
About the Author285

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