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Sleeper Cars and Flannel Uniforms: A Lifetime of Memories from Striking Out the Babe to Teeing It Up with the President
Sleeper Cars and Flannel Uniforms brings baseball legends to life through the eyes of Elden Auker, a submarine-style pitcher in the American League from 1933-1942.
Hardcover, 218 pages
Published April 1st 2001 by Triumph Books
(first published March 2001)
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An excellent and intimate look at 1930's baseball. Auker competed against, and offers wonderful stories about, some of the luminaries of the game. Going into this book, I was a little worried Auker was going to "awww shucks" the narrative, and offer only platitudes and vague tales, but I had that fear dispelled immediately with his clear-eyed and damning take of Leo Durocher and the mystery of Babe Ruth's missing $100 bills! Well worth the reading for fans who want a look behind the scenes of ol ...more
Interesting stories, but also sometimes boring. An obvious “as told to” book, it contains loads of stories of how baseball was before it was a multi-millionaire’s game. If you enjoy baseball, as well as its history, you’ll enjoy this book. It definitely tries to keep the “By golly, gee wilikers” homespun feel, yet makes no bones about the player’s feelings for certain players … cough, cough… ahem …Pete Rose …”
Dec 01, 2015 Spiros rated it liked it
Recommends it for: those that realize the Game was played for money back then, too
A lovely memoir of Auker's life, in and out of Major League baseball. Unlike most baseball memoirs, it is not arranged chronologically: Auker and his co-writer have faith that we will be able to follow the threads. In his 10 year career, Auker won 130 games, and didn't seem to come across any teammate or opponent that he didn't have a good word for, with the glaring exception of Leo Durocher.
Good "baseball" book for the fan and non-fan alike. The fan will like the peek behind the curtain on some of the greats of the game as told by someone who played during the era. The non-fan will like the story of a man who happened to play baseball and the lives of some of the interesting people inside and outside of baseball that he met.
Sep 23, 2009 Ken rated it really liked it · review of another edition
Recommends it for: all baseball fans
Recommended to Ken by: Jim McGuire
This book had a little bit of everything from the golden age of baseball. The stories were funny, pointed, and honest. A very good book for any fan of the game.