In the Ballpark: The Working Lives of Baseball People by George Gmelch

By George Gmelch

In the Ballpark is a suite of interviews with twenty-one those that paintings in all elements of significant and Minor League Baseball: usher and broadcaster, beer seller and sportswriter, clubhouse attendant and box supervisor, price tag vendor and proprietor, scout and normal supervisor, mascot and participant. equipped by way of setting—the stands, the sector, the click field, and front office—the money owed yield a wealth of perception into little-known points of the sport. the recent concluding bankruptcy offers updates at the topics considering the fact that they have been interviewed ten years in the past in addition to updates on how their jobs and the sport itself has replaced due to the fact In the Ballpark was once first published.

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Previous page page_45 next page > < previous page page_46 next page > Page 46 The next year I went to spring training and had a great spring and made the Double A club, which was San Antonio in the Texas League. Looking back on my career, I wish that I hadn't made that club. I would have been better off going back to Lodi with a new bunch of players and having a good year. At San Antonio we had a terrible team and were thirty games out of first place by July. And the club didn't care. Winning wasn't a priority with them.

He'll be taken [in the draft] before your club gets a pick. So you move down to a lower level and try to find some guys your club would have a chance for. <><><><><><><><><><><><> Hep Cronin also is also responsible for nine minor league teams in the Southern League and the Florida State League. He must watch each of his teams play five times. He tries to plan his trips according to when his teams are playing one another. At the time of this interview, he was in Birmingham to watch the Barons play the Huntsville Stars in a four-game series.

He was like a father to me and he said that $10,000 was not big time, that once I had spent it, it would be gone. He said I would do better going to college. I talked to my uncle, Mel Wright, who was Bill Virdon's pitching coach. He used to stop by and see us in Ocala on his way to spring training. He told me how difficult it was to get to the big leagues, that many who signed [contracts] ended up with nothing, no job and no education. So I didn't sign. Coming out of high school, I wanted to go to the University of < previous page page_43 next page > < previous page page_44 next page > Page 44 Florida.

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