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A classic of sport, and the first of George Plimpton's 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 seemsA classic of sport, and the first of George Plimpton's 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 America's favorite sports dilettante tries his arm against the likes of hall-of-fame baseball players recalls every young boy's forgotten dream of heroics on a baseball diamond; and for that fact alone, OUT OF MY LEAGUE remains one of George Plimpton's most beloved works....

Title : Out of My League: The Classic Hilarious Account of an Amateur's Ordeal in Professional Baseball
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ISBN : 9781592280148
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 160 Pages
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Out of My League: The Classic Hilarious Account of an Amateur's Ordeal in Professional Baseball Reviews

  • Oliver Hodson
    2018-10-02 19:08

    I have read bits of this in plimpton collections and it is extended here as a short book. His reflections of the game mesh seemlessly with reflections on the self, boyhood, and manhood. Love the story about the search for a glove - from the shop, to the losing it, to the rental of a glove. Hilarious and effective at setting up the fish out of water situation of the actual pitching to the legends.

  • Dan
    2018-10-01 01:04

    George Plimpton really likes to hear himself write. This book seems like it was originally written as a feature-length article about an interesting event for Sports Illustrated, which, after he had finished it, he padded with digression after digression and pointless meandering to make it something like book length. While the actual events of the book are interesting enough, I got really annoyed with Plimpton for being such a doofus--for example, thinking that he could pitch to 16 major league batters without ever doing anything to get his arm into shape beforehand. One continually wonders how someone who is apparently so intelligent could be so ridiculously stupid. And where on earth he got that dumb-sounding voice in his head. This book would have been much less annoying if it had been written by anyone other than George Plimpton.

  • Ken Heard
    2018-10-10 19:57

    George Plimpton's first book actually reads more like a padded article for Sports Illustrated about the Walter Mitty fantasy of pitching to major league baseball players. The book I have comes in at 130 pages, but it very well could have served as a long SI article instead.Plimpton glosses on and on and on about watching a baseball gathering in France (spending a lot of time about a sun-dressed woman fumbling about in the outfield and calling for her boyfriend). He also wrote quite a bit about his "ineptitude" toward the game, but also admitted he really didn't' practice much before pitching in this exhibition contest.Plimpton is an amazing writer, and his later books prove that. This is his first work and it shows.

  • Laura
    2018-10-18 19:56

    This is the book that started it all for George Plimpton - he attempts to pitch to the MLB All-Stars lineup with amusing results. As the "professional amateur" for Sports Illustrated, Plimpton goes on to try his hand at other sports, but this baseball outing is the original. The edition I checked out from the library had a cover blurb from Ernest Hemingway - pretty good for what some might dismiss as merely a sports book.

  • Du
    2018-09-29 01:08

    I couldn't tell if I was going to like this at first. There is a smug style to the opening chapter, as if the book was an article by a sports writer you have been reading for years, which probably most of the readers have. After that rocky start though, the book switched gears and became nerd tries to be jock. I won't agree with the term hilarious, but I did find it funny and enjoyable. It is also short and sweet. 3.5 stars

  • Joshua
    2018-10-12 22:05

    This was kind of a disappointment as I'd read George Plimpton's PAPER LION as a kid and loved it. In this, a very thin book of Plimpton pitching to some big leaguers at an all-star game, Plimpton squeezed out every last detail of what it is like to pitch to Mantle, Houk, Mays, Banks, Ashburn were some of the guys playing that day. This is what started Plimpton's path down the sports participatory journalism and I like where he went more after this one.

  • Eric
    2018-10-08 17:56

    George Plimpton is among the finest "gonzo" journalists ever. In this brief-but-fun tale, he immerses himself, for an afternoon, in the world of an All-Star pitcher.It is a wonderful ode to baseball, and the only thing he excluded that might rightly have been included, was that everything he felt was likely common to the All-Stars... they just knew how to handle it better. Recommend for fans of baseball.

  • Julie
    2018-10-05 20:02

    Had the opportunity to hear George Plimpton speak at a writing conference in Baltimore in the late 1990s. Thoroughly enjoyed his humor then, and I loved this glimpse at the younger Plimpton trying to pitch to the greats as part of a Sports Illustrated writing project. His sentences are constructed with amazing precision, and his descriptions take you right onto the field with him.

  • Joe Rodeck
    2018-10-05 18:54

    George Plimpton pitches to the all stars. Lots of baseball lore, anecdotes; and customs, superstitions,and lingo of the pros. A boy's fantasy? or masochistic nightmare!! This is a fun, short, easy read. A Nook freebie :)(Would rate higher,but he only made thru 7 NL batters. Not 8 NL and 8 AL.)

  • Chris Gager
    2018-10-13 19:13

    The edition I had was a small hardbound book with a couple of real baseball players on the cover. Ernie Banks? Willie Mays? Gil Hodges? The cover picture looks like Plimptom had some bad plastic surgery. Date read is a guess.

  • Linda
    2018-10-20 19:17

    The classic hilarious account of an amateur's ordeal in professional baseball. I remember enjoying this and reading more of his accounts about taking part in other professions, especially one in which he played the triangle for Leonard Bernstein and the National Philharmonic.

  • Hanny
    2018-10-06 01:21

    (In "Looking for Hemingway," Talese calls this the emblematic book of the Paris Review crowd)

  • crockpotcrosby
    2018-10-02 19:09

    a light and entertaining book that's beautifully written and well observed.

  • Barry Mann
    2018-10-04 00:11

    tiresome and lacking much of the inside info i was hoping for