Here's the Catch - by Ron Swoboda (Hardcover)

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To hear him tell it, former New York Mets outfielder Ron Swoboda is a lucky man; fortunately for the reader, he is also a witty writer with a highly developed self-deprecating sense of humor. In a year that will see an explosion of Mets books, this is an unexpectedly good one. Ron, why did you wait so long to write it? --Booklist Here's the Catch is a winner. All that is revealed surrounding his time in baseball, including two-plus seasons as a New York Yankee, comes from Swoboda's heart. How Swoboda reinvented himself, as his playing options dwindles, into a career in TV sportscasting is nothing less than fascinating. --Utica Observer-Dispatch "Perhaps the most memorable image from the 1969 World Series is right fielder Ron Swoboda splayed on his side following his diving catch in the fourth game. Swoboda's memoir, fittingly titled Here's the Catch, centers on his career-defining snag, but it's more than that. At its core, the book is a quirky, gruff, intermittently lyrical exploration of the precarious life of a marginal major leaguer -- one who quotes Victorian poetry in one sentence, then likens his on-field performance to whale dung in the next." --Newsday A rollicking memoir...with tales of Swoboda's remarkable relationships with some of baseball's greats -- the colorful Casey Stengel, Gil Hodges and Tug McGraw. There's a fair amount of locker-room humor and fast-paced accounts of memorable games, including that 1969 catch. --The New Orleans Advocate This is a loving look back at an exciting life and mediocre career for which the author refreshingly expresses great gratitude. A Mets book anyone can enjoy. --Spitball Gender: unisex.

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