THE LAST COMMISSIONER ~ A Baseball Valentine

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THE LAST COMMISSIONER ~ A Baseball Valentine
author Fay Vincent
ISBN 92839
Category Entertainment & Sports
Publisher Simon & Schuster
Pages 336
Publishing Date 1st January, 1970

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Diverting tales from the big league—gifted with a easygoing crackle—courtesy of baseball’s ultimate central angle, by above (1989–92) Commissioner Vincent.These belief are expressions of adulation for baseball, affecting appropriately on acceptable and bad moments, yet consistently affectionate and abounding with the achievement that the academy will do the appropriate thing. There are affluence of bite-sized treats (Ted Williams on Warren Spahn: “If a right-handed hitter is up with a man on aboriginal or aboriginal and additional with beneath than two outs, Spahnie consistently threw him that horseshit screwball”; Yogi Berra on what makes a abundant manager: “Good players”), quick recollections, and dabs of blush on the acreage of play. But Vincent additionally feels accountable to set out the abounding adventure on a brace of incidents, including the boot of Pete Rose from baseball (here readers will faculty a man who absolutely believes in the bold as a moral vehicle) and the convulsion that burst the 1989 alternation in California. Like any acceptable baseball aficionado, Vincent has his lists: best lineups, BoSox lineups, avant-garde lineups (for Vincent, “modern” can go aback to the 1940s), Negro League lineups, and an abrupt one on umpires that reveals the abracadabra chat that will get players befuddled out of a game, antiseptic by adept ump Bruce Froemming: “If a amateur says, ‘That was a horseshit call,’ he’s fine. If a guy says, ‘You're a horseshit ump,’ you arena him up. He’s gone.” There are some advised appearance assassinations—George Steinbrenner gets roasted, as does Marge Schott, the detestable buyer of the Cincinnati Reds. And there are additionally some accidentally cogent comments: “Over the advance of the contract, Winfield was paid about $23 million, a all-inclusive sum then.”Heresy to some, Vincent’s departing words are apt: “Baseball is an entertainment, an escape. It is affective and dramatic, and for millions of us, it’s an important allotment of our lives. But it is not activity itself.”

For Fay Vincent, being Baseball Commissioner meant a chance to see his favorite game from the perch of a field-level seat. Now he offers us the same view in The Last Commissioner, a wonderfully entertaining portrait of the sport he knows better than most.On one glorious All-Star Game morning, Vincent hosted a private discussion of the game between the heroes of his youth, Joe DiMaggio and Ted Williams. Such moments are rare in life but plentiful in these pages, and Vincent recounts them with warmth and affection. He met and talked baseball with the likes of Yogi Berra, Warren Spahn, and Whitey Ford, and he provides a candid portrait of his predecessor and friend, the late Bart Giamatti. But baseball is also a business, and the ugly disputes and machinations are recalled here with the candor of a commissioner who was more surprised than anyone else that he got the job in the first place. Whether it's the Pete Rose gambling scandal (the evidence against him was over-whelming, says the author) or a Roger Clemens suspension that turned on his use of the word "you, " Fay Vincent had the best seat in the house, and he shares it with readers in the best baseball memoir in many, many seasons.

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