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Who's on Worst?: The Lousiest Players, Biggest Cheaters, Saddest Goats and Other Antiheroes in Baseball History

3.42  ·  Rating details ·  181 ratings  ·  31 reviews
A hilarious celebration of the worst in baseball history: The boneheads, cheats, jerks and losers who make the grand old game so fun

Libraries and Internet sites are filled to groaning with debates about who the best ballplayers of all time were—but how many times can you argue about Mantle vs. Mays? Since baseball is a game of failure, it's much more fun to dive into the
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published March 26th 2013 by Doubleday (first published January 1st 2013)
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Steven Peterson
Jan 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
The subtitle is "The Lousiest Players, Biggest Cheaters, Saddest Goats and Other Antiheroes."

The first chapter focuses on the "Mendoza Line," featuring some of the worst hitters in baseball history. And Mario Mendoza is only rated as the 5th worst hitter! Bill Bergen is listed as worst, Ray Oyler as second worst, and the redoubtable Bob Uecker as third worst.

Second chapter? Worst fielders. At the top (or is that the bottom?) is Dr. Strangeglove, Dick Stuart. While a fine hitter, a fine fielder S
Sep 19, 2019 rated it it was ok
This was a book from my shelf that filled a sports junkie/baseball nerd niche for my insatiable bibliophilic needs. I need a list book every now and then that tells me the Great Charley Lau was a groundbreaking hitting coach but a terrible major league ball player. Incidentally, this is something I already knew and oddly reminisce about every time I see highlights of the Winnin’ Ugly 1983 White Sox and Greg Walker, owner of the sweetest swing and lousiest talent. It just didn’t compute. But I di ...more
Reid Mccormick
Jul 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Baseball can bring out the best in us. It can bring out the worst in us. Though sabermetrics can help settle some arguments, the sport is still a conundrum.

Most of the time we argue value added: the most valuable player on a team, who is the best clutch player, who is the most dominant pitcher, etc. Rarely, we debate the worst of the worst. Who’s on Worst? is journey through the foibles of Major League Baseball. From players who couldn’t hit the broadside of a barn to owners who didn’t know the
Shay Caroline
This was ok, nothing great. It's a collection of sections devoted to different kinds of major league baseball failure, such as bad signings, poor play, lousy personalities, etc. Although it did illuminate some forgotten characters from the early days--even pre 1900--the book has an unfortunate emphasis on the period from 1990-2012. (The book came out in 2013.) There is very little at all in this book about anything from 1920-1976, so there's a huge yawning gap. There's also the unfortunately com ...more
Sep 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
As a lifelong baseball fan, and a Texas Ranger fan when Mario Mendoza was playing for them during the infamous naming season, I found a lot of the situations and players mentioned familiar and most of it brought back a laugh and memory of what I was doing at that time of my life. There were also many references to things I had never heard of prior to reading this book which I appreciated.

This is not a book you're going to sit down and read start to finish, as the book is packaged in short storie
Jul 08, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: baseball
I read this as an eBook, checked out from my public library. It was a pleasant enough book for reading on the plane for a family trip. I am somewhat interested in baseball and baseball history.

The book is organized into chapters about different types of players, as well as managers and owners. As typical with baseball books like this, it is a collection of anecdotes.

Libraries often have a relatively limited number of titles on any particular subject, so this was fine as one option among only a f
Scott Martin
A fun read for any baseball fan, this work attempts to settle the debates of "Who's the Worst of the Worst?" in baseball history. Some of the tales would be well known, but others, perhaps not. It reads like an extended click-bait style book, akin to a slideshow on Buzzfeed or Bleacher Report. Still, there are some good stories/facts to be gleamed from this work. Not a classic, but for a baseball fan, worth a least a listen [Note, this book was published before the Cubs finally ended their 108-y ...more
Moderately entertaining. It doesn't really hold up to reading straight through. Some of the inclusions didn't feel justified. ...more
Jim Trela
Sep 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I always love reading about the best sport in the world
Mar 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
1.Filip Bondy is a sports columnist for the Daily News, where he has worked since 1993. He has been cited as one of the top ten sports columnists in America by the Associated Press Sports Editors. Over the years, his articles have appeared in such publications as the New York Times, Sports Illustrated.
2.The book was published in 2013
3.The setting of this book is where they held all of the baseball games and in the hotels afterwards and also in the press box and restaurants.
4.In this particular
Jan 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
4 of 5 stars (very good)

There are many sports books, especially baseball books, which are lists or compilations of the best or greatest of a certain topic. One may find something about the greatest baseball teams of all time or the top hitters or pitchers. New York sportswriter Filip Bondy decided to look at the other end of the spectrum by listing the worst players, managers and owners in the game. Not just with statistics either – he ranks the worst cheaters and users of perform
Doubleday  Books
Mar 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction, sports

Bill Bergen was a catcher for the Brooklyn Superbas in the dead-ball era, when everyone was in a slump of sorts. Still, even by the measure of his day, Bergen set the gold standard for persistent batting ineptitude. While he demonstrated his futility way back in 1909, his achievement lives and breathes today, still fueling controversy as to whether his hitless slump was really 0-for-45, or 0-for-46. Historians have argued whether one particula
Allen Adams

It’s fun to discuss the best of the best. But what about the worst of the worst?

That’s where “Who’s On Worst?” comes in. Filip Bondy’s book – which sports the delightfully verbose subtitle “The Lousiest Players, Biggest Cheaters, Saddest Goats and Other Antiheroes in Baseball History” – aims to offer readers a different kind of all-timer. While not all of the names included herein are familiar to the casual fan, there’s no denying that there’s a lot of fun
Todd Stockslager
Jun 02, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: sports
Review title: Worsts up first

Baseball invites books like this with its long history and cross-generation comparable data. Sports columnist Bondy looks at the players, managers, and owners from the bottom up, sometimes using stats to rank his records of infamy, sometime biographies and histories.

This is both the strength and weakness of this kind of list. No matter how many stats Bondy uses and how he uses them (not very consistently) these are always purely subjective lists based on the author's
Jan 28, 2013 rated it liked it
Finished this in about three days, so it's an easy read. It's a kinda funny take on some of baseball's easily forgotten players and executives written in list form, which makes it easy to start and stop at any point. No one is safe from Bondy's skewering -- he goes all the way back to the late 1800s for some of the players. I loved the part about the most overpaid Yankees, and he really lets some of the bad pitchers have it.

My biggest qualm is a lot of this reads like he grabbed a few graphs fro
Dani Shuping
Nov 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: not-amazon
ARC provided by NetGalley

If you've enjoyed books such as the "Baseball Hall of Shame" series, then this book might just be up your alley. Combining the best of Bill James (great stats and historical figures) with the best humor of "Baseball Hall of Shame," Filip brings to life the strangest and weirdest the sport has to offer, including most overpaid Yankees. Filip gives details, stories, and quips that are sure to entertain readers young and old. While Filip does talk about some players from th
Sep 14, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, sports
This audio book may not be inspirational, but it is anything but dull. Going all the way back to the late 1800’s, Bondy recalls players whose antics on and off the field make them stand out, but not in a good way. Some of these players and managers are indeed known for their successes, but all have had less-than-sterling moments. Still, there are aspects to remember, and some to admire, and some not to mimic. Enlightening and entertaining.
Dec 25, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A quick and overall interesting read. For some anecdotes Bondy could go into a bit more detail, but I think he assumes if you are reading this book, you're already a baseball fan and have a good knowledge base. Not exactly beautiful prose here, but it doesn't need to be. A bit New York heavy, but that makes sense as Bondy is a columnist for the New York Daily News. I did enjoy the tone of utter disdain I got from the steroid player chapter. Overall, enjoyable for a baseball fan. ...more
Ray Palen
May 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Could not stop smirking and sometimes laughing out loud while reading this witty collection that discusses the antiheroes of Major League Baseball.

From discussion on worst hitter to worst fielder to infamous cheaters, author Filip Bondy has captured pure baseball magic and reminds fans why we love this game. The writing is factual and humorous without ever being mean. Worthy of much discussion, debate and hours of fun!
Mar 30, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: baseball
This book is at its best when recounting fun tales of oddballs and other goofy characters. It's at its worst when it delves into heavy-handed moralizing or turns up the meanness. Certain sections lean more toward the latter than the former. Additionally, I find some of Bondy's arguments are built upon opinions presented as facts and skewed/misleading information. Aside from those minor sins, it's a decent read. ...more
John Yingling
May 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Funny at times, sad in others, and always interesting, this book brought together the lighter, but also the unpleasant sides of baseball. I knew a lot of the names mentioned and their places in baseball history, but what made a difference was the excellent writing of the author. He made some well-worn ground fresh and exciting.
Sep 14, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction, audio
Interesting anecdotal overview of baseball's worst. Some interesting trivia. Got the book for my husband, and when I discovered the library also had the audio, got that for myself. For me, the most interesting element was how much I enjoyed narrator Scott Brick. He's not my favorite audio narrator for the thrillers he usually reads, but he's splendid as a NF narrator. ...more
Chris Dean
Apr 11, 2016 rated it liked it
Every few years a book of this nature comes along, this title is one of the most recent and includes the weaknesses and poor performances of the steroid era. There are typical inclusions such as Charlie Finley, Mario Mendoza and Fred Merkle but the selections of Herm Wehmeier, Horace Fogel and Allan Travers were very welcome. A quick, entertaining read.
Jeffrey Bumiller
Sep 17, 2014 rated it liked it
If your bored of reading about how great Mickey Mantle and Ted Williams were, than pick up Who's on Worst. This is a really quick & interesting overview of the crappiest players and sometimes the just all around crappiest people to ever be involved with the game of baseball. ...more
Beth Meister
Sep 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A must read for all baseball fans. Such a fun book!
PottWab Regional Library
Apr 15, 2013 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2013-new
Kevin Varley
Sep 05, 2013 rated it liked it
Just OK. I think he missed some obvious cheaters like Hal Chase and the Black Sox. It was a quick read though.
Oct 07, 2013 rated it liked it
Not much of a baseball, but thought it would be an interesting read.
May 29, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: baseball
This book is on worst, too.
Kathryn French
Jun 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
A great read for baseball geeks, which am I.
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