RaveLibrary JournalAn unconventional biography of the baseball legend. The author writes about the four most important years of Robinson’s life ... Kennedy notes that Robinson was not only an incredible baseball player but also an outstanding person who endured much throughout his life and career and paved the way for so many athletes today. The inclusion of occasional photographs and illustrations is a bonus ... A fantastic, well-written biography; fans of baseball and of Robinson\'s career (on or off the field) must read this captivating book.
RaveLibrary Journal... an oral history of some of the most fascinating players of that era. These extraordinary interviews read casually but are by no means are casual—they are so much more. They tell a great account of what baseball was during this era and give readers an intimate look at the players’ personal and professional lives. Together, the interviews paint a vivid picture that is hard to recreate and is real a treasure to behold. Told from the players’ perspectives, this well-written history is outstanding from the first page to the last. It includes archival photographs of players like Babe Ruth and Marty Marion, which complement their colorful stories both on and off the mound ... Anyone who has love for the game of baseball will enjoy this remarkable book. A must-read for all baseball fans, casuals and diehards alike.
CC Sabathia and Chris Smith
RaveLibrary Journal... fascinating ... Sabathia openly discusses his baseball career and personal life and gives readers a close-up look at the ups and downs he endured; he battled alcohol addiction for years and is raw in recounting his addiction and recovery. Baseball fans will be familiar with some of Sabathia’s memorable moments, including signing a seven-year $161 million contract with the New York Yankees, going public about his addiction in 2015, and pitching his three thousandth strikeout. His life story comes alive in this fast-paced account, from developing his love of baseball as a child, to joining the minor leagues, to having initial success with the Cleveland Indians. This book proves that Sabathia’s success wasn’t guaranteed; it was a long and difficult road at each turn ... A wonderful read from start to finish. Fans of Sabathia, and baseball in general, will love this honest memoir.
Cam Perron with Nick Chiles
RaveLibrary JournalIn this enthralling debut, Perron, along with journalist Chiles, discusses several outstanding Negro League ballplayers and how the league came to be ... The players’ stories shine throughout, and even readers who aren’t familiar with the league will enjoy hearing stories of Cool Papa Bell, Randolph Bowe, and Joe Elliot, among others, and how they fought for recognition ... Baseball fans will thoroughly enjoy this captivating look into a side of the sport they might not know about. This heartfelt book, with a foreword by Hank Aaron, is a must-read, and Perron’s personable writing succeeds in giving often overlooked players a voice.
RaveLibrary Journal... wonderful ... Madden has brilliantly captured Seaver’s career as well as giving us a look into his fascinating life ... Moving chapters reflect on his friendship with fellow Mets teammate Gil Hodges, and the impact of Hodges’s sudden death in 1972 ... This definitive biography of Seaver’s life and times is well written and highly recommended. A must-read for all Mets fans.
Bud Selig, with Phil Rogers
RaveLibrary JournalSelig, the controversial ninth commissioner of Major League Baseball from 1992 to 2015, offers a captivating look at the evolution of the game of baseball throughout his tenure ... a fascinating memoir that touches on sports and business from one of baseball\'s top executives ... Selig\'s extraordinary time as commissioner is a story worth telling. All baseball fans, especially those interested in how the sport overcame the steroid era, owe it to themselves to take a look.