Rollie's Follies: A Hall of Fame Revue of Baseball Lists and Lore, Stats and Stories

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Clerisy Press, 2009 - Sports & Recreation - 235 pages
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Take a seat in the front row for a vaudeville revue like you've never seen before?a hilarious, insightful, one-of-a-kind baseball follies hosted by Hall of Fame pitcher Rollie Fingers. Acts include:

* stories?from the player traded for a handful of bats to the fateful hunting trip of former Yankees Mickey, Whitey, and Billy
* stats?from the performance of Japanese players in their first year in the MLB to the game's most prolific closers
* lists?such as the twenty-five greatest left-handed players of all time and the greatest hitting pitchers ever
* lore?from the history of baseball in Brooklyn to the Kenny Lofton Curse

And sometimes Rollie puts you right on the field, recalling, for example the time he faced Johnny Bench in the '72 World Series.

Pictures? Galore. From vintage classics to classic baseball cards to original drawings by renowned baseball illustrator Jerry Dowling.

Management guarantees you've never seen a show?or read a baseball book?quite like this one. Rollie's Follies is for baseball fan looking for a fun, fresh, vastly entertaining new way to enjoy the National Pastime.

  

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Contents

1 Original Birth Names
1
2 The Fallen Smelt
4
3 Jose Reyes on the Base Paths
6
4 Oy and Ty
8
His First Eight Years 20012008
17
6 The AllTime Lefty Team
23
7 Vince Coleman and the Carnivorous Tarp
28
8 The Redemption Series
32
32 The Biggest North American Regions Without Major League Baseball
129
33 The Niekro Brothers
132
34 The Once Secret Strategy
135
Decade by Decade
139
36 Disco Demolition Night
142
37 The Bill Spaceman Lee Dossier
149
38 Sausages and Presidents
156
39 An Odd But Modest Proposal
159

9 The Japanese Factor
38
10 The Maple Bats
42
11 Bucky Dent Revisted Again
45
12 The Spoiler
47
Infiltrating the Green Monster
52
14 The Jim Rice Dossier
57
15 The Evolution of the Slugger
64
A Shared Life
69
17 The Purchasing Power of ARod and the Babe
72
18 The Wealthiest Baseballer of AllTime
75
19 Nineteenth Century Brooklyn
77
20 The Century Man
83
21 Mickey Mantle Whitey Ford and Billy Martin Go Hunting
87
22 The Kenny Lofton Curse
90
23 Lou Piniellas Lesson
94
24 The Rickey Henderson Dossier
97
25 The Benchmark
104
26 We Dont Need No Stinkin Pitch Counts
109
27 What Stays in Vegas Happens in Milwaukee
111
28 Little Known Facts about Bud Selig
116
29 Close But No Award
120
A Life in Retrospect
122
31 Bernie Brewer Versus The Migratory Cubs
125
40 The Pioneer Era
164
41 The Tough Luck of Don Sutton
180
42 TwentyOne Pitchers Who Could Wield a Bat
183
43 Interleague Play
187
44 The Switch Is On
190
45 The Changing Role of the Closer 19502005
192
46 The Eccentric Eric Byrnes
196
47 The Cooperstown Wallflowers
200
48 FourPeat FivePeat ThreePeat
204
49 The Oakland As Dynasty 19721974
206
50 The Forgotten Third Baseman
218
51 An Evolutionary Timeline of Baseball Since 1901
220
52 Name That Closer
230
53 The Historical Hotbeds of Baseball
231
54 Odd Team Nicknames
233
The Final Follies Challenge
236
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
238
SPECIAL THANKS
239
SOURCES
240
ART CREDITS
241
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
242
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Rollie Fingers is one of the most recognizable players in major league history, due to his playful charisma and handlebar moustache as much as to his 17-year career with the Oakland A's, San Diego Padres, and Milwaukee Brewers. He is one of only two relief pitchers in history to have won a Cy Young Award, a league Most Valuable Player Award, and to be enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame. He is a popular celebrity for golf tournaments, autograph shows, and baseball fantasy camps, and he currently lives in Las Vegas.

Christopher "Yellowstone" Ritter is an entertainment manager and media consultant, a contributing writer to the pages of Magic Magazine and several Comedy Central Specials and the co-writer for the upcoming Amazing Johnathan autobiography Smoke and Mirrors. An accomplished public speaker, Mr. Ritter divides his time between Manhattan, Chicago, and Las Vegas.

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