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Paperback Memories of a Ballplayer: Bill Werber and Baseball in the 1930s Book

ISBN: 0910137846

ISBN13: 9780910137843

Memories of a Ballplayer: Bill Werber and Baseball in the 1930s

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Bill Werber's claim to fame is unique: he is the last living person to have a direct connection to the 1927 Yankees, "Murderers' Row," a team hailed by many as the best of all time. Signed by the Yankees while still a freshman at Duke University, Werber spent two weeks that summer of '27 on the Yankee bench to "gain experience"--and was miserable and lonely, ignored by everyone. After graduating in 1930 Werber was back with the Yankees, but he was...

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A bit too full of himself

Werber played with and against some of the biggest names in baseball, and some of his anecdotes are quite interesting and enlightening (for instance, the fact that Jimmie Foxx was probably the fastest runner in baseball but was somewhat bashful about it). If you are up on your history, you will enjoy reading about Ruth, Gehrig and the rest. However, Werber's "preachy, I'm a damn fine fellow and I'll tell you why" attitude wore thin on me.

Another time, another place...

Bill Werber shares his experiences and remembrances of playing the National pastime in the 1930's. It was an era that is difficult for modern fans to imagine. Thanks to the memories of Werber and the skill of co-author Paul Rogers at detailing them, the life of a ballpayer pre-intercontinental travel, airplanes, multi year contracts and night games comes alive for the reader.Werber was somewhat of an anomaly for the time; College educated, well read and intellectually curious, he made a stark contrast to the typical little educated, hard living, hard drinking, brawling ballplayer of that generation. Yet, he possessed a toughness of his own. A toughness that enabled him as a rookie to withstand and even return the barbs of veteren Yankee ballplayers. A toughness that would serve him well in disputes with teammates, opponents and management throughout his career. Werber details recollections of those he fought with and against, came to admire and befriend, and gives an excellent oral history of what is was like to be a ballplayer during the depression era. His memories of the greats of the period, Babe Ruth, Walter Johnson and the others, sheds light on the pecking order that has always existed between the greats and their less talented contemporaries. It makes for interesting and informative reading. As an Oral History, the book is not designed to take political positions or rail against social injustice. The purpose of good Oral History is to tell the story of what it was like, not what it should have been like. This book is a valuable contribution to the search for historical truth about the game of baseball. As such it belongs in your library!
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