108 Stitches

108 Stitches

Loose Threads, Ripping Yarns, and the Darndest Characters From My Time in the Game

Book - 2019 | First edition.
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This is New York Times bestselling author and Emmy-nominated broadcaster Ron Darling's 108 baseball anecdotes that connect Americas game to the men who played it. In 108 Stitches , Ron Darling offers his own take on the "six degrees of separation" game and knits together a collection of wild, wise, and wistful stories reflecting the full arc of a life in and around our national pastime. Darling has played with or reported on just about everybody who has put on a uniform since 1983, and they in turn have played with or reported on just about everybody who put on a uniform in a previous generation. Through relationships with baseball legends on and off the field, like Yale coach Smoky Joe Wood, Willie Mays, Bart Giamatti, Tom Seaver and Mickey Mantle, Darling's reminiscences reach all the way back to Babe Ruth and other turn-of-the-century greats. Like the 108 stitches on a baseball, Darling's experiences are interwoven with every athlete who has ever played, every coach or manager who ever sat in a dugout, and with every fan who ever played hooky from work or school to sit in the bleachers for a day game. Darling's anecdotes come together to tell the story of his time in the game, and the story of the game itself.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2019.
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9781250184382
Branch Call Number: 796.357 DARLING
Characteristics: 258 pages ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Paisner, Daniel - Author


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Aug 07, 2019

This was a fun read, especially in August 2019, where they M's are mired 20 games under .500. The author is a bona fide MLB player and broadcaster of almost 40 years, and he has the stories that give us an inside look at daily life in the dugout, the locker, and on the field. It casts a bit of shade at some players and coaches, but it is not as much an expose as Jim Bouton's "Ball Four". Ron Darling played with over 300 teammates in his career, and saw lots more action in the broadcast booth. There is no depth for most of the stories, but it is laugh out loud in places, and sad in others. If you are a dispirited baseball fan, this might be the antidote for you.


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