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Interviews with twenty-one individuals who work in association with baseball fields, from people in the public eye like Bernie Williams and Jim Leyland, to groundskeepers, ushers, clubhouse attendants, and others behind-the-scenes

In the Ballpark: The Working Lives of Baseball People

Author: J.J. Weiner,George Gmelch

Title: In the Ballpark: The Working Lives of Baseball People

ISBN: 1560988762

ISBN13: 978-1560988762

Publisher: Smithsonian (February 17, 1998)

Language: English

Subcategory: Industries

Size pdf version: 1193 kb

Size epub version: 1246 kb

Size fb2 version: 1688 kb

Rating: 4.6/5

Pages: 254 pages


Reviews (6)
Gaxaisvem
I have been a baseball fan for over 40 years, and after reading this fascinating book I will never look at a baseball game, a ballpark or baseball in general the same way ever again. I could not put this book down. It's like a full body CAT scan of something most of us have never seen beneath the skin, or, if we are baseball readers, perhaps at best a few x-rays. Thank you Gmelch and Weiner for writing it. I have been recommending this book to every serious baseball fan I know and I am adding it to my gifts list.
Gaxaisvem
I have been a baseball fan for over 40 years, and after reading this fascinating book I will never look at a baseball game, a ballpark or baseball in general the same way ever again. I could not put this book down. It's like a full body CAT scan of something most of us have never seen beneath the skin, or, if we are baseball readers, perhaps at best a few x-rays. Thank you Gmelch and Weiner for writing it. I have been recommending this book to every serious baseball fan I know and I am adding it to my gifts list.
Helldor
The fact that the subject is baseball is beside the point. The authors have shown skill, humour, and insight in their ability to identify and highlight all the areas that go into making the game what it is. Some of the people are likable, some you even feel sorry for, but the tact, taste, and even the occasional lack of objectivity serve to make this an enjoyable read. (Coming from a family with many anthropoligists, I can say I've never read anything as fun to read as this.)
Helldor
The fact that the subject is baseball is beside the point. The authors have shown skill, humour, and insight in their ability to identify and highlight all the areas that go into making the game what it is. Some of the people are likable, some you even feel sorry for, but the tact, taste, and even the occasional lack of objectivity serve to make this an enjoyable read. (Coming from a family with many anthropoligists, I can say I've never read anything as fun to read as this.)
Bukus
It should have been an interesting read but this was a weak effort.
Bukus
It should have been an interesting read but this was a weak effort.
Rich Vulture
Yes, the material is compelling. But beware. The Smithsonian Institution hardback edition is as sloppily edited as any book ever released by a major publisher, with dozens of lazy transcriptions. The names of Tony LaRussa and Lou Piniella are among those misspelled. The Reds broadcaster Joe Nuxhall becomes Joe Mecksaw. Perhaps those errors have been corrected in later editions. If not, you may have a hard time getting past them.
Rich Vulture
Yes, the material is compelling. But beware. The Smithsonian Institution hardback edition is as sloppily edited as any book ever released by a major publisher, with dozens of lazy transcriptions. The names of Tony LaRussa and Lou Piniella are among those misspelled. The Reds broadcaster Joe Nuxhall becomes Joe Mecksaw. Perhaps those errors have been corrected in later editions. If not, you may have a hard time getting past them.
Gavigamand
If you're a baseball fan, then this book is a sure hit. Very interesting interviews with characters from every aspect of the game, including the beer vendor and the wife of Bernie Williams. I love baseball, and I couldn't put the book down...
Gavigamand
If you're a baseball fan, then this book is a sure hit. Very interesting interviews with characters from every aspect of the game, including the beer vendor and the wife of Bernie Williams. I love baseball, and I couldn't put the book down...
Daigrel
Beneath all the publicity, the stories of superstars signing for mega-bucks and of those who blow it all, this book gives us a look at the people who try to make a career in baseball just because they love the game. Some of them succeed, others fail. But they all seem to have an undying love for the game and what it means to the American way of life.
This book was certainly well worth the time. I recommend it to any baseball fan.
Daigrel
Beneath all the publicity, the stories of superstars signing for mega-bucks and of those who blow it all, this book gives us a look at the people who try to make a career in baseball just because they love the game. Some of them succeed, others fail. But they all seem to have an undying love for the game and what it means to the American way of life.
This book was certainly well worth the time. I recommend it to any baseball fan.

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