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A former major league baseball player recounts anecdotes of his years behind the plate and on the road, recalling the antics of his famous teammates, including Hank Aaron, Bob Gibson, Richie Allen, and Warren Spahn....

Title : Catcher in the Wry
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ISBN : 9780515090291
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 240 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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Catcher in the Wry Reviews

  • Joe
    2018-12-27 01:02

    I read this book years ago while still at school, then recently picked it out of a “Used Book” bin and reread it last weekend. Guess what? It’s still funny and poignant, full of Uecker witticisms and observations. Uecker cracks jokes about his lack of ability and continuous hell-raising while incorporating such greats as Sandy Koufax, Eddie Mathews, Hank Aaron, Bob Gibson and others into his tales. He also provides some tips for up and coming ballplayers. For instance how to catch a knuckleball pitcher, (Uecker caught Phil Niekro early in Niekro’s career) – “wait for the ball to stop rolling and then pick it up.” There are a few outside the diamond anecdotes with folks like Al Hirt and Howard Cosell. And there are also several chapters on The Official Bob Uecker Fan Club, started by a couple of college guys with a sardonic sense of humor, (Of Course!). One story not here is one I read in Halberstam’s baseball book October 1964. The St. Louis Cardinals’ team photo of that year had to be retaken. Two of the players - Bob Uecker and Bob Gibson - were holding hands in the original. Not surprising that Uecker was a culprit, the surprise is that Gibson – a fierce competitor and not someone usually associated with any kind of shenanigans - was involved.Uecker has successfully made a post-baseball career out of being a back-up catcher with a .200 life-time batting average - he’s still the Milwaukee Brewers’ play by play announcer - all on his wit and a little insider knowledge. His appearances on Carson were classics.. I doubt this book will ever be considered a “classic” but if you do see it available – do yourself a favor and pick it up. It’s still a great read.

  • Amy
    2019-01-04 03:59

    This book was fabulous. It was like listening to Ueck tell stories when he's calling games. He is a character and a half. It's amazing what players did back in the day. I was constantly laughing out loud while reading this. I had to track down a used copy of the book. I need to own it. It will be $4 well spent. Every Brewers and Uecker fan will get a kick out of this book. Loved it!

  • Merciful
    2019-01-25 01:06

    Funny baseball memories from lovable ol' Bob "juuuuuust a bit inside" Uecker.This is a very funny book. You don't even have to like or know anything about baseball - the cat's just funny - everything he says...

  • Daniel Currie
    2019-01-06 02:54

    I've liked listening to Uecker for many years and ran across this book at a Free Little Library so thought I'd read it. It is not too long and figured it would be an easy and fun and that is essentially what it is.This was written over 30 years ago and times have changed somewhat. I seriously doubt he could get away now with a lot of the hi-jinx he describes. His sense of humor in regards to the stories runs a bit sophomoric, to be sure, and a lot of the stories involve how drunk he was at the time, but certainly not all fit these categories. There are a lot of good and funny stories in the book altho I would have to say a pretty fair amount of them didn't happen to him and he is relating them secondhand, at best.So it is a decent read, but nothing too serious, which is his credo. Don't take yourself too seriously.

  • Lane
    2019-01-24 22:44

    A very funny book by one of the best characters in baseball who has gone on to a very long career as a baseball announcer and TV star. It is hard to believe this was written 35 years ago.Great stories especially for the baseball fan.

  • Anthony
    2019-01-23 23:07

    this book is very funny and fun

  • Meril
    2018-12-26 03:13

    There's something quite...expected, I guess...about a Bob Uecker autobio that came out 2 months before the Brewers won the AL pennant. If you can't get him on the radio calling games, at least read this. Unfortunately the humor is of 1970s un-PC vintage. I'm too young to remember him as the Tonight Show guest and national pop culture icon; for the last 25 years he's just been the other guy calling Brewers games that doesn't sound like Pat Hughes. (The last 4 Brewers radio PBP guys sound rather alike. Jim Powell did the best straight man act with Uecker. Joe Block is getting there.)

  • Glenn
    2018-12-27 00:53

    Enjoyed the book. I've had it on my shelves for close to 30 years and for some reason never picked it up. I recently saw a special on the MLB Channel about the life of Mr. Baseball and decided to read the book. I loved the anecdotes, especially during his limited time in the big leagues. He sure did make the most of what he had. I've seen or heard him tell many of the stories before, but still laughed out loud. The book is dated, but what he went through is timeless. I would have loved to read more about his time in baseball, even when he was in the minor leagues.

  • Lisa
    2018-12-28 04:52

    Bob Uecker cracks me up. This book is super old, so it only covers his life until the early eighties, but even so, his time as an actual baseball player still only takes up half the book. I love the self-deprecating way he has of describing his life. I also love his attitude about. I'd be interested to read something he's written more recently, to get his thoughts on how baseball has changed even more since the ways he described that it had changed from when he played until the early eighties.

  • Monte Lamb
    2018-12-26 02:57

    Parts of this book are extremely funny. All of it is insightful as to how Uecker looks at life and baseball. It is a fun book to read. The only thing I can criticize is he tries to make a funny story about every other paragraph and sometimes they fall flat. However, the funny ones will make you laugh out loud and want to tell your friends who know baseball.

  • Chris Langdon
    2019-01-05 05:11

    This book is 33 years old and it is just as enjoyable and perceptive as the day it was written. If you are a baseball fan and want a nice breezy and fun read pick this book up. You will dig it. I promise.

  • Mary
    2019-01-17 22:12

    I thought this book would be funny from beginning to end, but it started off mostly being serious, had a funny middle and then ended seriously. Good insight into the baseball world back in the day. Will always be a Uecker fan!!

  • Bfeyen
    2019-01-24 05:11

    This book is from the 80's and deals with mostly 60's and 70's which is my growing up in baseball era. This is funny, entertaining and a quick, light read. Probably not interesting to anyone under 50.

  • Doug Dams
    2019-01-07 00:11

    One of my favorite baseball books for the humor and stories behind the scenes. The book contains many of Uecker's famous stories heard on TV and radio. It also tells about his career and playing in the majors. A very funny book.

  • Mark
    2019-01-17 22:53

    Uecker's deadpan works better when he tells the stories in person; in writing, without the rhythm of his inimitable delivery, some of the jokes fall flat, but there are still some great, funny moments here. A very entertaining diversion.

  • Brad Carl
    2018-12-25 23:04

    I read this book when it was released almost 30 years ago as a 15 year old and absolutely loved it. Remember, this book was out on shelves prior to Uecker becoming a household name thanks to the movie Major League. God Bless, Uke!

  • Jeremy Ward
    2019-01-24 22:46

    Fun in parts, and some of Uke's stories about other players were enjoyable, but this has to be one of the longest 216 page books I've ever read.

  • Chad
    2019-01-02 05:51

    A funny, entertaining book as only Bob Uecker could tell it. Any true baseball fan or (regardless of age) would enjoy this book.

  • Jesse Johnston
    2019-01-25 02:09

    Not sure why I hadn't read this sooner. Very funny, quick read.

  • Lauren~
    2019-01-07 04:59

    Good to read about "Mr Baseball".

  • Kelly Bolin
    2019-01-11 21:47

    Interesting read with some humor but not as laugh-out-loud funny as I was hoping. But had some great stories about Ueck's career - or rather the hijinks during his career.

  • Bill
    2018-12-30 21:59

    An entertaining account of the short but mediocre career of catcher Bob Uecker. He was able to parlay that lack of success into a respectable career on entertaining and broadcasting.

  • Eric
    2019-01-08 22:50

    Bob Uecker rules.

  • Peter
    2019-01-16 22:09

    Classic baseball stories from the most mediocre player and announcer ever!

  • Corey Carlson
    2018-12-27 04:43

    Funny. The crazy side of baseball.

  • Mary
    2019-01-24 03:00

    Laugh out loud funny. Even though the book is older, the stories are timeless. Yes, loving baseball helps with the enjoyment of the book. But Ueck's funny no matter what.

  • Steve
    2019-01-10 04:08

    Possibly my favorite baseball book I've ever read. I love Bob Uecker.

  • Ken
    2019-01-05 01:55

    Good book! Was written in 1982, so you have to fill in the blanks for what's happened between now and then, but gotta love Uecker, a man who can make millions out of making fun of his career.

  • Ronald
    2018-12-29 02:43

    read some time in 1983

  • Lyn
    2019-01-22 02:59