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They Call Me Oil Can: Baseball, Drugs, and Life on the Edge

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Speaking candidly to veteran sportswriter Mike Shalin for the first time about his often tumultuous career in Major League Baseball, Dennis “Oil Can” Boyd recounts a life that began in the Deep South ofMississippi, and the events that led him toward great heights atop the pitcher’s mound at Fenway Park. As part of a stellar rotation alongside Bruce Hurst and a young Roger ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published June 1st 2012 by Triumph Books (first published May 1st 2012)
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Paul Miller
"I smoke pot every day and have for years; I've done coke on and off for years as well, certainly when I played for the Red Sox. I sometimes refused to do what my team told me to do, such as when we needed to be at certain places and how we needed to behave. I threatened to harm my wife, but I didn't ever do it, so it doesn't 'count'.... BUT I didn't get all the chances in baseball I should have had because of SLAVERY! The baseball world discriminated against me because they couldn't take a stro ...more
Steve
Oct 22, 2012 Steve rated it liked it
This book is the result of interviews with the colorful former pitcher Dennis "Oil Can" Boyd, and it doesn't read like the co-author did much polishing, this is both good and bad, the Can's voice really comes through in the text, but it can get a little rambling at times. The main points that comes across are that the Can Love's the sport of baseball (if not the MLB) and that he sees everything and everyone in terms of black and white through the lens of race. From his childhood in the deep sout ...more
Jcrane1095 Crane
Nov 03, 2012 Jcrane1095 Crane rated it it was ok
I was really disappointed with this book. It is very choppy, Dennis seems very angry even now and he skips over the struggles with cocaine too fast. I was hoping to find a much more inspirational story. Good antedotes about Wade Boggs, though.
Joseph Thompson
Feb 20, 2013 Joseph Thompson rated it liked it
Oil Can's recollection of his drug use I found quite disturbing and yet revealing of how rampant drug usage among ball players were in the 1980s.
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