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Inside Pitch: Life in Professional Baseball

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Starting with the spark of ambition to play ball professionally and ending with the necessity of reinventing life after baseball, former minor leaguer and anthropologist George Gmelch describes the lives of the men who work at America's national game.

Twenty-four years after his own final road trip with the Detroit Tigers' organization, Gmelch went on the road again with a
Hardcover, First Edition, 242 pages
Published February 17th 2001 by Smithsonian Institution Press
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One of my all time favorite baseball books. I swear I was riding the buses with them when I was reading this.
Book was written by an anthropology professor from Union College in Schnechtedy, NY. Part a story of baseball and part an anthropology textbook. Explores different aspects of a young baseball-mostly minor league- players experience playing baseball from having talent, breaking in to the game, being scouted, how players move up to eventually their home lives and families and how they respond to their careers ending. Interesting book. Have to view it with the context that the author is a college p ...more
This book might disappoint the hardcore fan, since there are few obscure details here. The book's strength is the anecdotal perspective provided by minor-league players, most of whom you have never heard of.
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