Saturday, January 30, 2010

We had fun, we had Seasons in the Sun

Moments in the Sun, Baseball’s Briefly Famous by Mark McGuire and Michael Sean Gormley; 1999; McFarland & Company, Inc. Publishers, Jefferson, NC; 239 pages; 0-7864-0549-X; 6/20-6/25
Disco Demolition Night, a World Series perfect game, a player killer by a pitch, a tater in play, a real player who became well known through a work of fiction and a one legged pitcher.
Brief biographical sketches of players who were famous (or infamous) for a brief time.  Their notoriety peaks again when something similar happens or on the anniversary of what happened.
There are several interesting players profiled here, but my favorite is Archibald “Moonlight” Graham, who was a real player made famous in Field of Dreams, either because of the movie or that it was Burt Lancaster’s final role.  It is interesting that the article the newspaper editor reads is the actual article that ran when Doc Graham died.
Anyone who likes baseball would enjoy this slim volume.

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