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Prophet of the Sandlots: Journeys with a Major League Scout

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Prophet of the Sandlots reveals a world of farm teams and back roads, where hopes of athletic glory rise as dependably as the corn, and honors a baseball sage who is the best possible guide to the game at America's heart--Tony Lucadello.
Paperback, 304 pages
Published March 15th 1991 by Prentice Hall (first published 1990)
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Oct 25, 2009 Andy rated it really liked it
This is a profoundly difficult book to read. But very gratifying in a weird, troubling way.

A work of non-fiction from about 1990, it's only about baseball - or the American Midwest - on the surface. Once you pick it up, you'll see that it's about an aging man's almost desperate attempt to keep in contact with a world he knows and loves, but a world that is disappearing before his eyes, and leaving him behind.

There are obviously many, many aspects of baseball scout Tony Lucadello's life and pers
Feb 22, 2017 Jon rated it it was amazing
Wow. This book was a stunning testament to baseball and how it works behind the scenes. Moreover Winegardner provides a portrait of a middle-america man who is completely dedicated to his craft. It's incredibly well done and interesting and brace yourself for the ending. Up there as one of the best books I've ever had the pleasure of reading.
Jul 12, 2014 Joe rated it liked it
3.5 stars. This book is wonderful and also heartbreaking, for much the same reasons. Winegardner details a year in the life of Phillies' scout Tony Lucadello. Lucadello is in his mid-seventies and has been scouting for little money (his highest salary was $27,000) for decades.

This is the true story of a man who does a job well because he loves baseball but also because that is how he believe a job should be done - the right way. But his way is anachronistic. The book ends in 1989, but Lucadello'
Jul 27, 2012 Junior added it
I wish I had read this book back when I was a baseball fan (the strike of '94 really did me in and I haven't watched a full game in years). Still, the insights offered into the otherwise obscure world of scouting athletes of any type are worthwhile, and the book is well-written. The book concentrates on Tony Lucadello's travels in the year leading up to the 1988 draft; as a result, the reader is able to examine the "prospects" discussed with the benefit of hindsight - the athletic careers of all ...more
Apr 19, 2016 Katia rated it it was amazing
I originally read this book because a boyfriend's father owned it and we'd figured out that Tony Lucadello signed my father the same year he signed Mike Schmidt. I went in with no expectations and enjoyed the book a lot. The world of scouting was fleshed out, and the baseball I remember loving as a kid came back to me as I read. This is a sweet, sad book that I'd recommend to any baseball fan.
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May 31, 2015 Andrew Schriber rated it really liked it
Second time reading the book. Knowing the outcome did not deter from the enjoyment of following the life of a real life baseball character as he performs one of the unsung jobs of major league baseball.
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Jan 08, 2015 Mike Burrill rated it really liked it
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A really good book, with at tragic ending. It's a great read for any baseball fan, coach, or players. I found it both entertaining and informative.
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One of the best baseball books to be published. Tony Lucadello: if only they listened to you!
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