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In the Ballpark: The Working Lives of Baseball People

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In the Ballpark is a collection of interviews with twenty-one people who work in all parts of Major and Minor League Baseball: usher and broadcaster, beer vendor and sportswriter, clubhouse attendant and field manager, ticket seller and owner, scout and general manager, mascot and player. Organized by setting—the stands, the field, the press box, and the front office—the a ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published October 1st 2006 by Bison Books (first published February 17th 1998)
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This book takes 22 narratives of men and women working in the work of baseball in various different roles. No major star stories, only people doing unglamourous jobs for the love of baseball. Most of the narratives are people working in the minor leagues. Gives you perspective that there is a lot more behind a baseball game than giving young players balls, gloves and bats and telling them to have fun playing. Even thought the world of business mirrors the world of business in some aspects, the p ...more
This book is kind of fascinating to me. To see how hard pretty much all baseball people work, how much they sacrifice for very low pay (excluding players) to be involved in the game. I used to think I'd like to be a "baseball person". Now I'm pretty sure it's not for me. Not when I have a family and such.
A terrific inside look at those who work in the various jobs related to baseball, unusual in its look at those who usually not heard from--beer vendors, mascots, umpires, minor league officials. Nice to look inside baseball while we're waiting for its return!
A fun look at the people who toil behind the scenes -- and out in front -- at ballparks.
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