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This side of Cooperstown : an oral history of major league baseball in the 1950s

Author: Larry Moffi
Publisher: Iowa City : University of Iowa Press, ©1996.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Baseball players are storytellers, and this book is a collection of stories about the game told by players from the 1950s. These are not tales told by the Mickey Mantles or Hank Aarons of the era but the words of excellent ballplayers nevertheless, men like Virgil Trucks, Gene Woodling, Carl Erskine, Vic Power, Frank Thomas, and a dozen other notable players who loved the game and played it very well for many  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Interviews
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Moffi, Larry.
This side of Cooperstown.
Iowa City : University of Iowa Press, ©1996
(OCoLC)603666010
Online version:
Moffi, Larry.
This side of Cooperstown.
Iowa City : University of Iowa Press, ©1996
(OCoLC)607735990
Material Type: Biography, Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Larry Moffi
ISBN: 087745521X 9780877455219
OCLC Number: 32859406
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xix, 262 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Marty Marion --
Virgil Trucks --
Frank Thomas --
Gene Woodling --
Carl Erskine --
Dave Philley --
Vic Power --
Del Crandall --
Mel Parnell --
Alex Grammas --
Andy Carey --
Roy Sievers --
Vern Law --
Bob Cerv --
Cal McLish --
Milt Bolling --
Tito Francona --
Postscript.
Responsibility: Larry Moffi.

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Baseball players are storytellers, and this book is a collection of stories about the game told by players from the 1950s. These are not tales told by the Mickey Mantles or Hank Aarons of the era but the words of excellent ballplayers nevertheless, men like Virgil Trucks, Gene Woodling, Carl Erskine, Vic Power, Frank Thomas, and a dozen other notable players who loved the game and played it very well for many seasons, although not accumulating statistics that would enshrine them in the bronze of Cooperstown. The players' voices reach back with clarity and affection to describe the game as it was in baseball's golden age, an era of transition for baseball and for America: more than three hundred farm teams, train travel, segregation, offseasons of holding down jobs in sales or construction to make ends meet. But the book is more than memories of the ball field. Larry Moffi has transcribed and orchestrated the voices of men who played the game day after day, year after year - the good and nearly great - who have nothing to hide and little to lose by giving us their generous recollections. These are the players who seemed, to the average fan, somehow more human than the superstars and who today - when the lives and events of Hall of Famers are common knowledge - speak to us with confidence and insight, providing a perspective of the game in its entirety.

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