Baseball history is filled with thousands of personalities, and with those people come tons of stories. Some are unique, some are interesting, while others are not and then there are some that are so bizarre and unbelievable you wonder how they can even be true. I always find enjoyable the books that can compile the interesting stories of baseballs bygone players. Today’s book is taking a look at some of the odd-ball stories that make travelling through baseball history a unique journey.
Michael Lynch has taken readers on a journey through the not so well-known baseball roster. He takes a look at some obscure players that have had interesting facts surrounding their careers or lives. These facts may be some on the field experience that made them stand out or it may be some bizarre circumstances that ended their life that still shrouds them in mystery to this day. Perhaps you are more interested in players who flat-out wasted their talent or one-hit wonders, because this book packs a little punch for everybody.
This book is a very quick read and does not dwell on any one person for very long. It gives you the facts surrounding their unique circumstance and moves to the next person. It does leave the reader wondering why some things happen the way they did, but unfortunately you may never get the answer to some of those questions.
The author has done a great job of creating a fun and enjoyable book. It does go by fast as your reading but does come across as light and fun, and for me created a lot of questions. It made me wonder what other factors played into the end results of each player. It also introduced me to some new names I was not familiar with before reading this, so it was educational as well.
Baseball fans should check this out, you will find it fun and a nice change of pace from the 800 plus page player biographies I have been running across lately.
You can get this book from the nice folks at Summer Game Books
In continuation of the Hall of Fame induction week posts, I thought we would take a look at another Hall of Fame member. Someone who had a distinguished career and excelled to the top of the game, making an indelible mark for future generations to admire. This person is also someone that I feel gets forgotten in the shuffle of baseball history and his achievements get lost with the passage of time. George Sisler is not a name that immediately pops into a fans mind when they think of the Hall of Fame. He was one of those baseball lifers that worked hard and gave his life to the game he loved. Fans do get the chance to learn about a baseball great in this book I just finished reading
This is not a new book by any stretch of the imagination, having now been around for more than a decade. The importance of this book is obvious to me though, in the fact is that it pays tribute to a Hall of Fame career and the quality of character that was George Sisler. Playing mostly for the Browns, then bouncing around at the end of his career, it is important that fans remember who George Sisler was and the level he achieved on the field, and eventually his enshrinement in Cooperstown in 1939.
Rick Huhn walks readers through the story of George Sisler. Covering his own the field triumphs along with personal moments off the field. You see the lives of his two young sons (Dick and Dave) who go on to become Major League Baseball players as well and a third son (George Jr.) who had an off field career in baseball as well. If you dig further into Sisler’s playing career you see he actually did produce some pretty astonishing numbers that have stood the test of time.
Books like this one are a great learning tools for fans through the generations so that important players don’t get forgotten. In a world where there are twelve Billy Martin biographies and even more about the New York Yankees, it is nice to see a book about a player like this one. It reminds fans of a simpler time from where the game evolved and the people who sacrificed and produced to help write the game’s history.
RIck Huhn did a very nice job with this book. At the time of its release, Sisler had passed more than 30 years prior and had not been on the field as a player in almost 75 years. So it had to be hard to find living friends and people around that witnessed George Sisler first hand. Huhn’s in-depth research shines through and creates an enjoyable product for fans to both learn from and entertain. True baseball fans that enjoy the game’s history and like to be educated while they read will really enjoy this book.
You can get this book from the nice folks at the University of Missouri Press