The Long Season



[Reading] ➿ The Long Season ➶ Jim Brosnan – E17streets4all.co.uk The classic inside account of a baseball year by a major league pitcher It begins, appropriately, with the winter doldrums and sweating out a new contract, then follows the author and his family to sp The classic inside account of a baseball year by a major league pitcher It begins, appropriately, with the winter doldrums and sweating out a new contract, then follows The Long MOBI :ò the author and his family to spring training in Florida and through the full season s schedule to October One of the best baseball books ever written It is probably one of the best American diaries as well New York Times Book Review The greatest baseball book ever written Jimmy Cannon.The Long Season

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  • Paperback
  • 268 pages
  • The Long Season
  • Jim Brosnan
  • English
  • 20 June 2019
  • 1566634180

10 thoughts on “The Long Season

  1. says:

    My annual pre season baseball book to get me in the mood The author is a highly literate baseball player, which is not common He began the book a memoir of his 1959 season as a pitcher with a glossary of terms Most were familiar to me, but it indicated his interest in the language of baseball Kathy and I have also commented on this when watching TV coverage of the Washington Nationals The color commentator F.P Santangelo seems to always come up with new phrases, like He s sittin de My annual pre season baseball book to get me in the mood The author is a highly literate baseball player, which is not common He began the book a memoir of his 1959 season as a pitcher with a glossary of terms Most were familiar to me, but it indicated his interest in the language of baseball Kathy and I have also commented on this when watching TV coverage of the Washington Nationals The color commentator F.P Santangelo seems to always come up with new phrases, like He s sittin dead red I think that means that the batter was expecting a fastball Much of the baseball portion of the book was thoughts and discussion about how to approach various hitters what to throw to them, and when Brosnan emphasized the sheer contingency of a pitcher s success and failure Everybody coaches, other pitchers, hitters have views, often conflicting but even when there is agreement, there is the further matter of whether the pitcher can deliver what is attempted, what the batter expects it s a 2 sided game after all , how the fielders are positioned, how the wind is blowing, etc, etc But some of the book was taken up with life on and off the field The best part was his extended discussion of how to make and chew tobacco who knew that chewing gum was involved and spitting it This is a part of baseball lore that must be passing away probably for the better Another part of baseball that seems to be passing away is odd ball nicknames, and even nicknames at all Among the players with nicknames he mentions are Goofy Joe Adcock, Gus Ding Dong Bell, Flakey Brandt, Smokey Forrest Burgess, Uncle Marv Grissom, Cocky Jackson, Sad Sam Jones, Sal The Barber Maglie for often pitching high and inside , Don Tiger Newcombe, T Bone Phillips, Leon Daddy Wags Wagner, and of course his own nicknames, being somewhat intellectual, were Four Eyes and Professor His wife s nickname for him is Meat You just don t hear clever, descriptive nicknames anyin baseball We now have ones like A Rod and K Rod Oh, wellHere s a recent review of the book from a long perspective

  2. says:

    What a fabulous baseball book Well written, insightful, thoughtful, and down to earth To think that it was written about a season close to 60 years ago is amazing to me, as it still rings modern We can set aside the contractual issues over 20,000 a year, and no agents, and a few other things, but the core of the game comes to light Brosnan put together a great diary that ranks up there with the best diaries of any subject I would add that those looking for the kind of story that Jim Bouton What a fabulous baseball book Well written, insightful, thoughtful, and down to earth To think that it was written about a season close to 60 years ago is amazing to me, as it still rings modern We can set aside the contractual issues over 20,000 a year, and no agents, and a few other things, but the core of the game comes to light Brosnan put together a great diary that ranks up there with the best diaries of any subject I would add that those looking for the kind of story that Jim Bouton wrote in Ball Four won t find it in this book Brosnan s story is less salacious but no less honest

  3. says:

    Ah, the pernicious persistence of preconceived notions whether because of Ted Williams famously ventilated dicta regarding the stupidity of Major League pitchers, or from being exposed to BULL DURHAM at an impressionable age, I have always found myself surprised to find that my favorite Baseball memoirs have been written by pitchers rather than catchers Satchel Paige, Jim Bouton, and especially Bill Spaceman Lee have written the memoirs that have drawn me closest into the mysteries of the N Ah, the pernicious persistence of preconceived notions whether because of Ted Williams famously ventilated dicta regarding the stupidity of Major League pitchers, or from being exposed to BULL DURHAM at an impressionable age, I have always found myself surprised to find that my favorite Baseball memoirs have been written by pitchers rather than catchers Satchel Paige, Jim Bouton, and especially Bill Spaceman Lee have written the memoirs that have drawn me closest into the mysteries of the National Passed Time to that list add the progenitor of the modern Baseball memoir, Jim Brosnan There is a definite progression from Brosnan to Bouton to Lee all were journeymen pitchers who exposed facets of the Game that the Powers That Were were uncomfortable having revealed the references to sex, drugs, and the stupidity of management becomepronounced from Brosnan, writing in the early sixties, to Bouton, writing in the early seventies, to Lee, writing in the eighties and nineties Brosnan is probably the most talented writer of the three, Lee the most entertaining Over the past few decades it has become increasingly commonplace for sanctimonious pricks such as George Will to opine that Baseball belongs to the fans The great value of these memoirs is that they make the case that Baseball belongs every bit as much to the men who play the games, the men to whom the games are in fact their lives as well as livelihood Also, I particularly enjoyed the fact that Brosnan s wife always addresses him as Meat , which I find to be wonderfully endearing Only 3 1 2 months to Spring Training

  4. says:

    I was torn whether to rate this as a 2 or a 3 It is definitely an interesting look into mid 20th century baseball, from an insider s perspective, but it often gets bogged down in unnecessary details What I found most surprising was the way that baseball was portrayed as a fairly unathletic endeavor Most of the players areconcerned with chewing tobacco, drinking, and fooling around There rarely any instances where players exercise or train In the end though, I found myself struggling t I was torn whether to rate this as a 2 or a 3 It is definitely an interesting look into mid 20th century baseball, from an insider s perspective, but it often gets bogged down in unnecessary details What I found most surprising was the way that baseball was portrayed as a fairly unathletic endeavor Most of the players areconcerned with chewing tobacco, drinking, and fooling around There rarely any instances where players exercise or train In the end though, I found myself struggling to finish this book, but I think if it were shortened and written less like a diary it would be a compelling read

  5. says:

    Just fantastic Brilliantly taking subtle shots at the unique lives of professional ballplayers and their World.Brosnan looks at this as a job A job he really does not cherish for muchthan a paycheck It is so apparent he was going to dowith his life.and he did.This is the precursor to Bouton s Ball Four 10 years earlier Seems Bouton enjoyed the game a lotplus the absurdities surrounding it.A great read The author expresses all kinds of emotion while trying to nonchalant Just fantastic Brilliantly taking subtle shots at the unique lives of professional ballplayers and their World.Brosnan looks at this as a job A job he really does not cherish for muchthan a paycheck It is so apparent he was going to dowith his life.and he did.This is the precursor to Bouton s Ball Four 10 years earlier Seems Bouton enjoyed the game a lotplus the absurdities surrounding it.A great read The author expresses all kinds of emotion while trying to nonchalant things He played for two mediocre teams in 1959 Spot starter Most of the season in the bullpen The writing style just screams I am part of this, but remain aloof

  6. says:

    So, I finally got around to reading this baseball first of a kind It s a diary of the 1959 season by an occasional starter but mostly relief pitcher The book is 60 years old but is still entertaining and a valuable asset to any baseball collection Brosnam writes intelligently and with great wit The best portions are the bull pen dialogues during games among the pitchers, catchers, and coaches No, this isn t a tell all Jim Bouton book but there is great insight into the life of a major leagu So, I finally got around to reading this baseball first of a kind It s a diary of the 1959 season by an occasional starter but mostly relief pitcher The book is 60 years old but is still entertaining and a valuable asset to any baseball collection Brosnam writes intelligently and with great wit The best portions are the bull pen dialogues during games among the pitchers, catchers, and coaches No, this isn t a tell all Jim Bouton book but there is great insight into the life of a major leaguer of a by gone era well before the players association I was impressed with Brosnam s insight into the game he recognized that ERA was farimportant than games won and that the rules on awarding wins to relief pitchers were arbitrary The reader realizes the financial value attached to the label of a pitcher Starters get paid the most, closer s next, and long men the least so wins will still be meaningful at contract time despite their misleading nature I was also surprised to read that even in 1959 pitchers like Brosnam were complaining about all of the hurdles a pitcher had to overcome in his era the lively ball, bigger players, better bats, a shrunken plate and strike zone, and smaller parks Sound familiar This is a good book for kids of all ages, from 9 92 RIP James

  7. says:

    I had a baseball card of Jim Brosnan in a Cincinnati Reds uniform He was a spectacled fellow with horn rim glasses His teammates called him the professor He was always talking about words and their meanings Turns out he was a fair baseball pitcher and a pretty good writer He starts the season with the St Louis Cardinals and is eventually traded to the Reds This book is his diary of the 1959 baseball season and paints a very realistic picture of what it was to be a ball player in that era I had a baseball card of Jim Brosnan in a Cincinnati Reds uniform He was a spectacled fellow with horn rim glasses His teammates called him the professor He was always talking about words and their meanings Turns out he was a fair baseball pitcher and a pretty good writer He starts the season with the St Louis Cardinals and is eventually traded to the Reds This book is his diary of the 1959 baseball season and paints a very realistic picture of what it was to be a ball player in that era Bros was both a starter and a reliever and did better with the Red Legs than the Cards You get a lot of insight on how pitchers throw against the batters of that time The San Francisco Giants were playing in Seal Stadium a minor league park, awaiting the opening of Candle stick Brosnan s manager with the Cards was not only a player coach but had some racist tendencies Several years later, Brosnan writes a second book chronicling a pennant season with the Reds I plan to read that

  8. says:

    Catchers, of course have underdeveloped brains or they would never have chosen that particular job, but X rays of their heads would probably be useless Masochists are what they are A man must love to get banged up if he deliberately chooses to be a catcher Insightful at times and a fun book, an obvious precursor to Ball Four Unlike Bouton who I think really was a social outcast Brosnan comes across as cerebral for a baseball player but still personable, and without a ghostwriter or an Catchers, of course have underdeveloped brains or they would never have chosen that particular job, but X rays of their heads would probably be useless Masochists are what they are A man must love to get banged up if he deliberately chooses to be a catcher Insightful at times and a fun book, an obvious precursor to Ball Four Unlike Bouton who I think really was a social outcast Brosnan comes across as cerebral for a baseball player but still personable, and without a ghostwriter or an ax to grind.SI listed this at 19 on their Top 100 Sports Book of All Time list A little high

  9. says:

    I know a lot of people love this book but I couldn t stand the author s odd writing style Didn t finish.

  10. says:

    Just not very interesting.

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