The unassuming, unabashed autobiography of the ""clown prince"" of baseball brings back a famous era and a favorite...

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MY OWN PARTICULAR SCREWBALL

The unassuming, unabashed autobiography of the ""clown prince"" of baseball brings back a famous era and a favorite character who became a national institution along with this game. Born on the lower East Side and brought up in the Bronx, although a sickly kid Al learned to be tough, spent more time on the sandlot than in school, and was determined to be a pitcher. Drifting back and forth between the small clubs and odd jobs the screwball Schacht developed got him from the minors to the majors but it was still easier for him to make the fans laugh than strike the batters out. A sore arm, and recurrent trouble with his stomach, kept him in the bullpen for the major part of his career; a little coaching and managing led to his pre-ballgame appearances and acts; he bought a restaurant- and fell in love- and here looks back on a happy, zany time... More good-natured than really funny (some of these gags don't get too far out of the infield), this is set for warm-up time and should limber up a masculine market.

Pub Date: March 24, 1955

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Publisher: Doubleday

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 1955