Updated: My Two New Books ’60 Pirates and Wits, Flakes, and Clowns of baseball

Just to let you know, my two latest books are available now–they can be found on sites such as Amazon and Barnes and Noble or in bookstores. Here’s some info on them:

1960: The Year the Pittsburgh Pirates Had Them All the Way can be purchased only on Amazon. I got to interview most of the living Pirates who shared great stories and insights about that magical season and the wildest, most lopsided World Series ever. So the book has exclusive material (some controversial such as the issue of the season’s MVP voting) from Cy Young winner Vern Law, MVP Dick Groat, Roy Face, Bill Virdon, Bob Skinner, Hal Smith, Dick Schofield, Bob Oldis, and Bob Friend not long before he passed away. This book marks the 60th anniversary of that fantastic season. Plus, the book contains material from many other players of the day including Ralph Terry who gave up the Maz home run and Series MVP Bobby Richardson. The book was hard work, but fun to do.

The other book, another fun project, is entitled Wits, Flakes, and Clowns: The Colorful Characters of Baseball. It discusses such memorable topics as Casey Stengel, Jay Johnstone, Bill Lee, Yogi Berra, Roger McDowell, Moe Drabowsky, Trevor Bauer, Francisco Lindor, and LOTS more from the old days to now.

If you can think of a funny, wild, clever, or colorful baseball player, he’s probably in this book. For Pittsburgh and Cleveland fans, I can tell you that there are a ton of Pirates and Indians in the book such as Andy Van Slyke, Jerry Reuss, Bert Blyleven, Satchel Paige, Early Wynn, Jimmy Piersall and more.

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