This is Audible: All Star edition

This is Audible, an annoyingly double-entendred podcast, devoted its July 10 episode to several baseball audio books,including:00bam

  • The Big Bam, an unabridged version of Leigh Montville’s 2006 biography on Babe Ruth. After
    an excerpt from narrator Scott Brick, the podcast’s host, Josephine Reed, conducts a telephone interview with the author that sounds as if it was heavily edited, as if she reworded her questions to fit in with his remarks. For an entity that counts so much on sounds, the presentation is very forced. (You can hear a sample here.)
  • The Glory of Their Times: The Story of the Early Days of Baseball Told by the Men Who00glory
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    , by Lawrence Ritter. Ritter is the granddaddy of audio/oral histories, setting the stage for those who came later, including Ken Burns. The excerpt includes his interview with Fred Snodgrass, a member of the New York Giants in the early part of the 20th century. (One thing I’ll say about TIA: they don’t skimp on the excerpts, as do some other audiobook sources.) Ritter, who schlepped around a large reel-to-reel tape recorder for his interviews, gets Snodgrass to tell an amusing story about Charles Victory Faust. Ritter’s other subjects are similarly charming, belying the image of ignorant, ill-spoken athletes. (Hear a sample here.)
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  • Bums, by Peter Golenbock. Golenbock, who came under scrutiny earlier this year for his
    salacious novel about Mickey Mantle, produced massive oral histories about several ball clubs, including the Cubs, Red Sox, Yankees, and Mets. In Bums, which originally came out shortly after Roger Kahn’s The Boys of Summer, he analyzes the Brooklyn Dodgers. Raymond Todd serves as narrator of this unabridged audiobook and, judging by the excerpt, does a good job in providing numerous "voices" representative of the people interviewed by the author. (Hear a sample here.)


  • Clemente: The Passion and Grace of Baseball’s Last Hero, by David Maraniss. This audiobook
    is narrated by the author in an abridged version. While writers might not be professional performers, they lend a certain credibility to the project. Having written the words, they no doubt know how the aural portion should sound. Reed conducts an in-person interview with him, and it comes off much better, more natural than the one with Montville. (Hear a sample here.)

This special All-Star program is downloadable via iTunes and should be available soon at

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    Just a note to let you know, as the baseball season draws down, that the NY Yankee baseball team’s claim to have “won more sports championships than any other team” is not correct. This clam seems to be made once in every TV broadcast of Yankee games.

    At least one team, the Gaelic Athletic Association’s Kerry Team (the Kingdom is the nickname) has won 34 to date and is going to try for their 35th on Sunday, September 16, 2007.

    Kerry won their first championship, beating London in 1903, the year the Yankees moved their franchise from Baltimore to New York. Kerry lost at the old NY Giants field, the Polo Grounds in 1947. That much-recounted championship game was replayed as a National League game on its 50th anniversary in 1997 in NYC at Downing Stadium on Randal’s Island of west 125 street.

    Kerry won this rematch in a well attend game that drew spectators from Europe, Australia and the Far East. Former Mayor Giuliani was part of the festivities. I talked with him myself. I also attended the 1947 game at the Polo Grounds.

    From Wikipedia Encyclopedia


    “Gaelic football History

    Kerry are the most successful team in Gaelic football. They have won the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship on 34 occasions. The county holds a number of distinctive records in football championship history. Kerry has played in more All-Ireland finals than any other team – 52 in all as of 17 September 2006. Although Wexford has the honour of being the first team to win four-in-a-row, Kerry has won four consecutive titles on two occasions (1929-1932 and 1978-1981).

    The Kerry team of the 1970s and 1980s is considered one of the greatest of all time. Of the 20 All-Ireland finals held during those two decades, Kerry participated in 12, with victory coming on 9 occasions. In 1982, Kerry came within one minute of winning an unprecedented fifth All-Ireland title in a row. However, a late goal by Offaly’s Séamus Darby snatched victory away from the Kingdom. This goal was voted third in a poll to find the Top 20 GAA Moments.

    Towards the end of the 1980s Kerry went into decline and failed to appear in an All-Ireland final for 10 years having last appeared in 1986 and not again until 1997. This however markeed the beginning of another Kerry golden era of sorts. Of the last 10 all Irelands, Kerry have contested 6 and won 4. Many have spoke of teams like Armagh and Tyrone, who have both beaten Kerry in recent finals, as becoming successors to Kerry’s reign but Kerry have come back time and again and are the current 2006 champions. All-Ireland Senior Football Championships: 34

    1903, 1904, 1909, 1913, 1914, 1924, 1926, 1929, 1930, 1931, 1932, 1937, 1939, 1940, 1941, 1946, 1953, 1955, 1959, 1962, 1969, 1970, 1975, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1997, 2000, 2004, 2006 ”

    Also, check the Webb at

    All the best

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