Sunday, September 27, 2020

Review of "Oh, Baby, I Love It!" By Tim McCarver and Ray Robinson

 Review of

Oh, Baby, I Love It! By Tim McCarver and Ray Robinson ISBN 0394556917

Five out of five stars

Reads like McCarver sounds

 All people that follow baseball to some extent are familiar with the announcing style of Tim McCarver. He has called over a dozen World Series, so his voice and style are well known. This book reads like he sounds on the air. McCarver was a catcher known primarily for his relationship with Hall Of Fame pitcher Steve Carleton and for having played for part of four decades. 50-80.

 This is not an autobiography that starts in his youth and progresses through his life, ending with the Mets victory in the 1986 World Series. McCarver provides many insights into the game as well as what it was like to break in as a broadcaster and be one for so many years. His talent at explaining the right and wrong of how to do things on and off the field are evident on every page.

 This is one of the better books about baseball that have appeared due to McCarver’s unique perspective. He played with and against some of the all-time greats such as Bob Gibson, Tom Seaver, Hank Aaron, Steve Carleton and Nolan Ryan. He then called and explained the actions of some of these players as well as other greats that came after them. He went from being a teammate and colleague to someone that had to point out what they were doing wrong.  A tough road to follow, yet he has done it well.

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