Out of My League: The Classic Hilarious Account of an Amateurs Ordeal in Professional Baseball by George PlimptonA classic of sport, and the first of George Plimptons remarkable forays into participatory journalism, OUT OF MY LEAGUE chronicles with wit, charm, and grace what happens when a self-professed amateur wonders how he would fare on a baseball mound in a major league game.
On an ordinary afternoon in the third-base-line seats of Yankee Stadium, Plimpton hits on what seems an inspired idea--to get on the mound and pitch a few innings to the All Stars of the American and National Leagues. What begins as a fun-filled stunt, for the average man to pitch in the Big Leagues, comes to a nearly humiliating end. This honest and hilarious tale features Mickey Mantle, Billy Martin, Willie Mays, Ernie Banks, Whitey Ford, Ralph Houk, Richie Ashburn, and other baseball greats. What happens when Americas favorite sports dilettante tries his arm against the likes of hall-of-fame baseball players recalls every young boys forgotten dream of heroics on a baseball diamond; and for that fact alone, OUT OF MY LEAGUE remains one of George Plimptons most beloved works.
Out of My League: The Classic Hilarious Account of an Amateur's Ordeal in Professional Baseball
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Thank you! George Plimpton, who is the editor of the Paris Review, and with some help from Sports Illustrated, had an old dream of glory which came true with his mound appearance- in an exhibition game-between the National and American Leagues. He'd been a pitcher of sorts in school- and in the army. Announced as ""Prufrock"" over the P. Plimpton's account of this experience --from the first high hopes to the foregone humiliation, has a pleasant, easy kind of humor and it should appeal to that market already limbered up by other baseball spectator and participator annals, Brosnan, Garagiola, etc. There was a problem adding your email address.
Its hard to imagine something like this happening today with the doped-up narcissistic thugs who play the three major sports today. Things were better then. Great book He was a very rich man who sat right in the front down on field level. He was watching the famous Yankee's like Babe Ruth, and George Plimpton.
From the author of Paper Lion. From the author of Paper Lion It began as a fun filled stunt and came to a deeply hellish, nearly humiliating end. Out of My League chronicles what happened next as his inspired idea — to get on the mound and pitch a few innings to the All-Stars of the American and National Leagues — got seriously out of hand.
would an idiot do that
G eorge Plimpton claimed to have only once seen a person in the act of buying the Paris Review , the literary magazine he edited for 50 years. In a bookshop in Paris in he watched Ernest Hemingway pick issue No 1 off a shelf and make the purchase. Plimpton, aged 26, took the opportunity to persuade Hemingway to be interviewed for the second issue. Like the bullfighting and marlin-fishing and boxing Nobel prizewinner, Plimpton believed that a man of letters might also be a man of action. That belief saw Plimpton write these six often wonderful books, describing his efforts over three decades to experience the great American sports — baseball, gridiron football, ice hockey, golf, boxing — at a professional level. Despite three years in the army in which he had seen service as a tank driver in Italy, he had no pretensions to alpha male status. Yellow Jersey has righted that particular wrong to mark 50 years since the best of them, Paper Lion , was first published.