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My Bat Boy Days: Lessons I Learned from the Boys of Summer
On the evening of March 28, 1956, Steve Garvey's father, a Greyhound bus driver in the Tampa Bay area, asked his young son if he'd like to accompany him as he drove the Brooklyn Dodgers to a spring-training game with the New York Yankees. For Garvey, a baseball card collector and an aspiring Little Leaguer, the opportunity stretched beyond his wildest imagination and marke ...more
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published March 25th 2008 by Scribner
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I liked this book, but I was a bit disappointed with what I believed the title promised, and what was actually in it. I thought it would be a lot more insight from the author and his time with the players profiled. Instead, I found this to be 9 mini biographies of players he had admired. The bat boy days piece didn't really impact me. But, I did like the 9 mini biographies, so it wasn't a waste of time, especially considering what a quick read it is!
Garvey was my first sports hero as a kid (I'll never forget his gamewinning homerun off of Lee Smith in the 84 playoffs!). And the book is about the 50s Brooklyn Dodgers. A truly great team! So these facts alone give it 3 stars. It's pretty basic, and Garvey's moralizing is empty and lame, but there are interesting stories and facts in it. An easy and fun read, if you are a baseball fan.