A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Cooperstown

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Triumph Books, 2003 - Sports & Recreation - 270 pages
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In A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Cooperstown, you'll meet all the greats from the Golden Age of baseball, from Williams and DiMaggio to Mantle, Berra, Ford, and Musial. You'll also meet non-baseball pals like Frank Sinatra, Eddie Fisher, and Rocky Marciano, as well as presidents from Eisenhower to Bush. Mickey McDermott loves people, people love him, and after reading his riveting autobiography you'll know why.

In the minors, he pitched two no-hitters and shattered the American Association strikeout record long held by the legendary Johnny "2-No-hit" Vander Meer. In the majors, the buzz was that, with his 100-mile-an-hour fastball, this whip-armed southpaw rookie could be the next Bob Feller, Lefty Gomez, or Cy Young. Or, as Birdie Tebbetts, whose hand stung from catching him put it, "This could be the greatest left-hander of his generation." But happy-go-lucky McDermott, as popular among fellow ballplayers as free beer, took his eye off the ball, choosing to have himself a ball instead.

Play ball with him in the Cuban League, as Castro's revolution sweeps through the stadium and a ricocheting bullet fells the first-base coach, and in the Mexican League, where a manager shoots his short-stop for missing a sign that loses the game. Stand by in the operating room when he momentarily dies on the table and comes back to life. Sympathize with him as he hits the skids, literally and figuratively. Read about how Mickey, finally sober after years of drinking, carousing, and squandering his talents, wins millions of dollars in the Arizona state lottery, commenting, "Either somebody up there likes my jokes or the Heavenly Computer printed out the wrong McDermott."

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A writer for all reasons, author Howard Eisenberg has been a Broadway and Hollywood publicist (singer Eddie Fisher, Howdy Doody), an adverstising copywriter (Grossinger's), a radio and TV scriptwriter (Coke Time, Name That Tune, and Night Line with Walter O'Keefe), co-author with wife Arlene of hundreds of national magazine articles (in Cosmopolitan, Sports Illustrated, Look, Saturday Evening Post, McCall's, Parade, Reader's Digest), a poet (his light-verse life-cycle anthology entitled, From the Cradle to the Gray currently being adapted as a musical revue), writer of book and lyrics for a musical comedy (Fame and Misfortune) and co-author of How to Be Your Own Doctor (Sometimes)--more than 200,000 copies sold in Grosset & Dunlap hardcover and Today Press trade paper; several bookclubs; chapters excerpted in three magazines; How to Be Your Own Laywer (Sometimes)--sales of 75,000 in Putnam hardcover and Perigee trade paperback, a couple of bookclubs, and an excerpt in Ladies Home Journal; Night Calls: The Personal Journey of an Ob/Gyn--published by Arbor House and as a lead non-fiction Berkley Book; one chapter excerpted in The New York Times Magazine and two in The Star.

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