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Although repetitious in some spots, Durwood Merrill's book is an entertaining read about his MLB umpiring career from 1977 until 1997 when the book was written. It does read, though, as if he wrote the book over a long period of time and forgot that he mentioned a few tales in, say, Chapter 2 that he re-mentioned in, say, Chapter 8. There is no chronological order to this, but, still, it's a fun book to spend time with.And, he doesn't pull punches on some people. I first thought it'd be a light
I was flipping thru the channels last night and landed on a MLB game. I googled Durwood Merrill to see if he was still working as an umpire in the major leagues. He was on a Wikipedia site that said he died of a heart attack in 2003. Sad to read that, as I would have enjoyed watching him work a game. An entertaining read, especially if you're familiar with the teams, coaches, managers, players and the politics of baseball. The book itself wasn't very cohesive as far as sticking to a timeline. It...
Not a mystery at all. But, if you love baseball like I do, you'll love this journal of this famous umpire's career. It's not a glossed over report of the wonders of baseball. Merrill loves and admires some players, managers and other umpires. And he's definitely on the other side of the mat from a whole series of others and his book gives his own personal poop on all of them. It's a marvelous new perspective on the game.
This was a pretty good book with a lot of funny stories about Merrill and his life as an umpire. The only drawback from the book is that there is a lot of repetition from previous books written by umpires. Merrill used at least 2 stories from the Ron Luciano book(The Umpire Strikes Back). Al in all, if you are a baseball fan it makes for a fun 2 or 3 days of reading.
A really great insider's look into this great game. Think the umpires have it easy? Ha! Read this and you'll gain new respect for the hardest working men in baseball. Merrill has seen in all, and he tells his story with a lot of heart and humor.
For such a bad umpire this was a pretty good read. All umpires have great stories and at least he didn't try to say he was good.
One of my favorite books. It is like you are sitting in Mr. Merrill's living room and he is telling you stories about baseball. If you are a fan of the game, you will really enjoy this book.
This book was good. It was basically about the life and experiences of Durwood Merrill. If you like baseball, you will like this book.