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Balls

3.57  ·  Rating details ·  111 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
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Published April 15th 1985 by Pocket Books (first published April 30th 1984)
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Chris Dean
Apr 27, 2013 rated it liked it
The book that famously got Nettles traded to the San Diego Padres. Admittedly, I read this book nearly 30 years after it was written, so many of the revelations and criticisms of Steinbrenner seem dated and tame now.
Spiros
Mar 30, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those wishing to plumb the depths of Steinbrenner's douche-baggery
An enjoyable, field-level view of the madness that was Yankees' Baseball in the early 1980's. Chapters alternate between biography of Nettles, and a "journal" of the 1983 season, in which the Bombers finished third behind the World Champion Orioles. Coincidentally, '83 would turn out to be Nettles' "walk year", in which he was playing out the final year of his contract, and amongst the anguish of his larger concern with the team's struggles, there is an undercurrent of anxiety as to how his own ...more
Tom Gase
Jun 29, 2014 rated it liked it
A pretty good book on Graig Nettles, the former third baseman of the New York Yankees. Nettles, along with the help of great writer Pete Golenbock, chronicles the 1983 season with the Yankees. Nettles also talks about in seperate chapters how he came up with the Minnesota Twins, and later played with the Cleveland Indians and New York Yankees. He talks about the great 1976-1980 teams briefly but I've read books about those teams a bunch of times and I really liked when he talked about the 1983 t ...more
carl  theaker
Mar 06, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sportz

I was always a Yankee fan but rarely got to see them on TV or radio. I lived in St Louis a NL town
and those were the days of the 'Game of the Week', yep 1 game on TV a week. We moved to
Toledo between the AL cities of Detriot & Cleveland and got to hear a share of Yankee games that way.
I'll always remember a gave vs the Tribe, in 1971, Nettles made a stab at third that the Cleveland announcer went on about for 4 minutes.

Several years later, I used Nettles for my inspiration to move to the
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Bill
Sep 08, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: sports
This books was written during the 1983 season. It seems Nettles just wrote down his thoughts (what was going on with the team and baseball) during the season and they made it into a book. He also devotes a few chapters on past Yankee teams and seasons, more so on the Championship season he was apart of.
Because the book was created on his notes and memoirs it didn't have real good fluency. It also seems that certain events (that you may read about in other books) were left out of the book intenti
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Tom Stamper
Oct 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Nettles was my favorite player on my favorite team so this book was my birthday present although I wasn't much of a reader as a teenager. Nettles is a clever guy although his wit was overshadowed by the bigger personalities on the team. Although I haven't read the book in 30 years I remember a tidbit about the Yankees playing the White Sox and Sox infielder Scott Fletcher popping up and saying "dagnabit". Nettles told Fletcher that it was the big leagues and that he could say "%#>%€^'". Later ...more
Kevin
Nov 15, 2013 rated it it was ok
The lack of a real narrative makes this book a slog when it could be a lot of fun to read. Nettles has some zingers about George Steinbrenner which are still pretty harsh 30+ years later. Unfortunately, they sometimes get lost in the timeline as the story repeatedly makes jumps from the then-present day (the 1983 season) and Nettles's entire life up to that point. There are some interesting anecdotes about the Bronx Zoo era teams, but there are better books if you're that interested. I would onl ...more
Jennifer
Feb 15, 2008 rated it it was ok
Recommended to Jennifer by: goodwill shelf for one dollar
Shelves: baseball
Mr. Nettles keeps no actual timeline and the book skips into whatever memory he chooses to recall at that particular moment. But I did enjoy all the Steinbrenner insults and insight into the evil empire of the late 70's to early 80's.
Kenneth Flusche
Sep 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty good but repetitios could cut 50 pages from this book. Nettles says it best, He got to play Pro-Baseball and join the Circus.
Dave Herman
Jul 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: baseball
A really fun look inside the Steinbrenner Yankees of the early '80s. Pretty candid although I wonder about the stories that Mr. Nettles left out of the book.
Ron Lottermann
Feb 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Graig Nettles was one of my favorite players when I was a child. This book did not disappoint.
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