Saturday, January 30, 2010

A Peer Review

Few and Chosen, Defining Negro Leagues Greatness, A Legend Ranks the Greatest Players of All Time by Monte Irvin with Phil Pepe; 2007; Triumph Books, Chicago, IL; 207 pages; 796.357 I72f/978-1-57243-855-2; 7/7-7/9/07
Monte Irvin ranks the Top 5 at each position in the Negro Leagues.  He knows what he is talking about as he played for 11 years for the Newark Eagles, then for the New York Giants and earns the Legend title as he was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1973.   It is always a thrill for me to learn more about a subject I am interested in and this book answered some questions about players for me and listening to a legend who loves the game talk about it is also a treat.  I learned about more Portlands’ own Artie Wilson and why Irvin doesn’t think he stuck in the major leagues.  An excellent book for anyone who wants to learn more about those who paved the way for Tony Gwynn, Barry Bonds, David Ortiz and Fred Lewis.

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