A YEAR IN THE MINORS: Baseball's Untold Story by Richard B. Lyttle

A YEAR IN THE MINORS: Baseball's Untold Story

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In 1973 the San Jose Bees had one of those flakey seasons that gets even a Class A ball club into the papers -- one of their relief pitchers had a perfect game, the team driver fell dead at the wheel of their bus, and an end of season scheduling mix-up forced them to play two games in two different states on the same day, narrowly missing winning the league championship that had already been awarded to their opponents. Lyttle, however, is less interested in these tragic and/or exciting moments that in capturing the ambience of the minor leagues and the stories of the players -- men who have staked their lives on baseball even though only one out of twenty will ever make the majors. This is what should and will fascinate -- the problems of trainee umpires, the need for promotion gimmicks to stimulate attendance, coaching that ranges from sophisticated visual training by optometrists to little or no help with fundamentals, and, above ail, the ins and outs of bonuses and off-season jobs. Not pitched for suspense, but an unusual profile of a part of baseball that seldom gets any ink at this level.

Pub Date: March 1st, 1975
Page count: 256pp
Publisher: Doubleday