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Title:
Bring in the right-hander! : my twenty-two years in the major leagues
Author:
Reuss, Jerry, 1949-
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Publication Information:
Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, [2014]
Physical Description:
xiii, 258 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Summary:
One of only twenty-nine Major Leaguers to play in four different decades, Jerry Reuss pitched for eight teams, including the Pittsburgh Pirates twice. So when Reuss tells his story, he covers about as much of baseball life as any player can. Bring In the Right-Hander! puts us on the mound for the winning pitch in Game Five of the 1981 World Series, then takes us back to the schoolyards and ball fields of Overland, Missouri, where Reuss first dreamed of that scene. His baseball odyssey, dedicated to the mantra "work hard and play harder, " began in 1969 with his hometown team, the St. Louis Cardinals (who traded him three years later for mustache-related reasons). Reuss carries us through his winning seasons with the Dodgers, taking in a no-hitter and that World Series triumph, and introducing us to some of baseball's most colorful characters. Along the way, as the grizzled veteran faces injuries, releases, and trips to the Minors, then battling his way back into the Majors to finish his career with the Pirates, we get a glimpse of the real grit behind big league life, on and off the field.
Language:
English
Contents:
The early years -- Turning pro -- Life in the minor leagues -- Twenty-four hours from Tulsa -- Meet me in St. Louis -- Houston, I'm comin' to see ya -- Makin' my way to the steel city -- California, here I come! -- Life after the World Series : big laughs, great times, and transitions -- Hits, misses, and whistle-stops.
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ISBN:
9780803248977
Format :
Book

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One of only twenty-nine Major Leaguers to play in four different decades, Jerry Reuss pitched for eight teams, including the Pittsburgh Pirates twice. So when Reuss tells his story, he covers about as much of baseball life as any player can.nbsp;

Bring In the Right-Hander! puts us on the mound for the winning pitch in Game Five of the 1981 World Series, then takes us back to the schoolyards and ball fields of Overland, Missouri, where Reuss first dreamed of that scene. His baseball odyssey, dedicated to the mantra "work hard and play harder," began in 1969 with his hometown team, the St. Louis Cardinals (who traded him three years later for mustache-related reasons). Reuss carries us through his winning seasons with the Dodgers, taking in a no-hitter and that World Series triumph, and introducing us to some of baseball's most colorful characters. Along the way, as the grizzled veteran faces injuries, releases, and trips to the Minors, then battling his way back into the Majors to finish his career with the Pirates, we get a glimpse of the real grit behind big league life, on and off the field.

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Author Notes

Since his retirement as an active player, Jerry Reuss has worked in broadcasting as a color analyst for ESPN, the Anaheim Angels, and the Los Angeles Dodgers.


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Library Journal Review

In his laid-back autobiography, former MLB southpaw Reuss makes us privy to what it's like to be both an aspiring teenage ballplayer newly signed to a contract and a 40-year-old athlete clinging to the baseball life he loves so much. Reuss recounts how he had three aspirations: pitching in an all-star game, throwing a no-hitter, and playing in the World Series. He accomplished all three while pitching in the majors from 1969 to 1990-no small feat as it has only been accomplished by a handful of players. While there were a number of more famous hurlers in his era such as Nolan Ryan, Jim Palmer, and Tom Seaver, Reuss can be proud of his many accomplishments, culminating in an impressive 220 wins (75th on the all-time list). VERDICT Reuss is a gifted storyteller, and he ably communicates his love for the game in an easy, conversational style that makes for pleasurable reading. His book will appeal to any reader interested in 1970s and 1980s baseball, as well as many other fans.-BRen (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Table of Contents

Prologuep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
1 The Early Yearsp. 1
2 Turning Prop. 13
3 Life in the Minorsp. 17
4 Twenty-Four Hours from Tulsap. 27
5 Meet Me in St. Louisp. 36
6 Houston, I'm Comin' to See Yap. 49
7 Makin' My Way to the Steel Cityp. 66
8 California, Here I Come!p. 101
9 Life after the World Series ... Big Laughs, Great Times, and Transitionsp. 177
10 Hits, Misses, and Whistle-Stopsp. 224
Epiloguep. 248
Notesp. 251