BALLPLAYERS ARE HUMAN, TOO by Ralph Houk

BALLPLAYERS ARE HUMAN, TOO

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Three weeks ahead of Casey at the Bat (page 209), this doesn't really steal a base on Stengel's story and it is unlikely that Houk who has just replaced him has anything like the name value. This is his story, as told to (""taped and edited by"") Charles Dexter, along with additional comments by Bette Houk who claims to ""manage the manager"". With a quick rundown on his early years in baseball, in the minors, later as a bullpen catcher for the Yankees, most of the book is a playback of his first season as Stengel's successor, the team, the problems, and a game by game scorecard with the Maris-Mantle homerun contest adding interest. (Maris' own story also appears in this issue.) Houk seems to be- as he appeared in the dugout- a quiet, firm, intelligent manager, but one can question whether any but the most devoted spectator (is he a reader?) will want this review of the 1961 season.

Pub Date: April 9th, 1962
ISBN: 0548452571
Publisher: Putnam