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by Jack Heyde

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ISBN:
1412038898
Author:
Jack Heyde
Category:
Biographies
Language:
English
Publisher:
Trafford Publishing (October 13, 2004)
Pages:
218 pages
EPUB book:
1304 kb
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1245 kb
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1479 kb
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Rating:
4.4
Votes:
330


Pop Flies & Line Drives book. Pop Flies and Line Drives recounts highlights of the author's personal visits with former professional baseball players who played in the 1940s and '50s, when he was growing up.

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Pop Flies and Line Drives recounts highlights of the author's personal visits with former professional baseball players who played in the 1940s . Pop Flies and Line Drives : Visits with Players from Baseball's Golden Era. by Jack Heyde.

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Visits With Players from Baseball's "Golden Era". Published July 6, 2006 by Trafford Publishing. I meet Bob at a baseball card signing show in St. Louis, where Johnny VanderMeer is also a guest and is drawing most of the attention, giving Bob more time than usual to visit with the patrons.

Playing America's Game: Baseball, Latinos, and the Color Line. Berkeley, California: University of California Press. Pop Flies and Line Drives: Visits with Players from Baseball's 'Golden Era'. Victoria, BC: Trafford Publishing. p. 154. ISBN 1-4120-3889-8. 208. ISBN 978-0-520-23646-2.

Pop Flies and Line Drives: Visits with Players from Baseball's 'Golden Era'

Pop Flies and Line Drives: Visits with Players from Baseball's 'Golden Era'. Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors). BaseballLibrary: 1954 Cleveland Indians season. Appleton Baseball Hall of Fame.

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Pop Flies and Line Drives recounts highlights of the author's personal visits with former professional baseball players who played in the 1940s and '50s when he was growing up.
  • Malien
Disappointing book. The author tells of his visits to various retired ballplayers but little beyond the social amenities. Not much substance about the players' experiences when they were active.
  • Gashakar
As a child of the forties and fifties, I have rich memories of sitting by the radio listening to the exploits of my baseball heroes, collecting baseball cards (my mother, unawares, later threw them out), and reading and rereading baseball magazines. I loved the game and its icons.

Mr. Heyde obviously loves the game as well. This is not a book written by an author who decides to write about baseball. It is a book written by a man pursuing his quest of meeting and talking with his own childhood baseball heroes. We are allowed to accompany him as he makes contact with these men, one by one, over an eleven year period and asks the questions he's always wanted to ask them. We are given intimate glimpses into how they live, what their favorite baseball memories are, and how the intervening years have treated them.

Pop Flies and Line Drives is both a great nostalgic read and a personal account reference of the lives of more than 75 former major league baseball players.
  • Jusari
If you want to get "That Special Feeling" of baseball and the `50's again you've got to read Pop Flies by Jack Heyde. It brings back the kinds of memories set forth below, and each of you must have similar ones if you are born around the Second World War.

But mine are pretty much what Heyde's are because I'm the same age.

I have a black and white picture of the opening pitch of the 1954 Cincinnati Reds season taken from down the left field stands.

I took it with my Dad's Kodak 35mm camera.

It's at old Crosley Field; (from Dayton you took Route 48 to Lebanon, jogged right onto Route 42, glided down Reading Road to Crosley Field - about a two-hour trip I believe).

Men wore Stetsons back then. Photographers wearing them were on the field, at least for the opening pitch. You can see four of them almost obstructing the basepaths.

This photo has my handwritten printing in India Ink on the back, printing learned from Mr. Ferguson's Mechanical Drawing class.

Let's look again at the black and white photo. Opening Day! Milwaukee 8 Cincinnati 9. I can't remember the details of that game, but Jack Heyde would know that it is Billy Bruton leading off. I can still remember the feeling of relief that the Reds safely won the Opening Day game, which, back then, for one day, was the focal point of the nation - Opening Day in Cincinnati and nowhere else. Even today I feel relief that the Reds won that game. Each game won, after all, shows us that the world works in our favor.

Looking back in the broader scheme of things it wasn't a local team that endures as the mind-grabbing story of baseball in the 1950's. Nor, as far too many story-tellers of baseball in the 1950's seem to believe, was it the drama that began and ended with the subway ride between Brooklyn and the Bronx.

It was Milwaukee.

Now let's go back to that curled up picture. Is there anything else about it that's important?

I'll give you some hints in the revered voice of Paul Sommerkamp. "Wearing Number 5 on the Back of his Grey Traveling Uniform" was a rookie who had no place on the team when the Braves started spring training. But Bobby Thompson slid into second base in Spring Training and broke his leg in three places so this player and Joe Pendleton had their shots in the outfield.

This player eventually won the job for Opening Day.

On Opening Day, 1954, this rookie struck out twice, grounded out, hit into a double play, and fouled out.

Unknown to me at the time, this picture is of the very first pitch, of the very first game, that Henry Aaron ever played in the Major Leagues.

Do the math: 250 pitches

both sides

152 games per year

20 years

It's the very first of at least 760,000 or so pitches made in games over Aaron's career.

Jack's book will bring back memories like this.
  • Arabella V.
I enjoyed the stories about these players very much even though I am not a baseball fan. The reports of the in-home visits are well written and so very personal. I recognized many more names than I expected. POP FLIES brought back so many memories of past decades. And there was lots of baseball "gossip" about the big-name stars. It's like a friendly "60 Minutes" interview with each player.

The players tell about their careers, home lives, and family situations. They have funny stories about themselves, other players, the managers, and the big games they won or lost.

Today I mailed my copy to a former co-worker who played in a seniors' baseball camp in Florida one year. He will be thrilled to read POP FLIES.