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Throwbacks : Old-School Baseball Players in Today's Game,9781574886375

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

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ISBN13:

9781574886375

ISBN10:
1574886371
Format:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
2/28/2005
Publisher(s):
Potomac Books Inc
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Summary

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
vii
Acknowledgments ix
Introduction xi
Throwbacks, Webster's Unabridged
1(8)
The Pesky Leadoff Man
9(13)
The Smartest Man in Baseball
22(35)
The Super Slugger
57(20)
The Eternal Pitcher
77(23)
The Utilityman-Turned-Manager
100(19)
The Conscience of a Team
119(13)
The Fireballer
132(29)
The Crafty Lefty
161(20)
The Team Player
181(15)
The Scholar-Athlete
196(19)
The Dirtiest Helmet in the Game
215(18)
The Good Ol' Country Boy
233(16)
The Nonconformist
249(19)
Throwback to the Future
268(7)
Epilogue 275(2)
Index 277(8)
About the Author 285


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