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

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2/28/2005
  • Publisher: Potomac Books Inc
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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 Gamecelebrates 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 'śold-school'ť; 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.

Table of Contents

List of Photographs
Acknowledgments ix
Introduction xi
Throwbacks, Webster's Unabridged
The Pesky Leadoff Man
The Smartest Man in Baseball
The Super Slugger
The Eternal Pitcher
The Utilityman-Turned-Manager
The Conscience of a Team
The Fireballer
The Crafty Lefty
The Team Player
The Scholar-Athlete
The Dirtiest Helmet in the Game
The Good Ol' Country Boy
The Nonconformist
Throwback to the Future
Epilogue 275(2)
Index 277(8)
About the Author 285

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