Picks and Pans Review: Voices of Baseball

updated 05/23/1983 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/23/1983 AT 01:00 AM EDT

by Bob Chieger

The author says, "This book, I hope, will capture the flavor of the summer game." And so it does. The volume is made up of quotes, funny and wise, from players, sportswriters, intellectuals and fans. Chieger, a California editor and writer, has been collecting these gems for seven years. But let this sampler speak: "I ain't ever had a job. I just always played baseball"—Satchel Paige; "Baseball and malaria keep coming back"—Gene Mauch; "Please God, let me hit one. I'll tell everybody you did it"—Reggie Jackson; "All pitchers are liars and crybabies"—Yogi Berra; "I watch a lot of baseball on radio"—Gerald R. Ford; "Show me a good loser, and I'll show you an idiot"—Leo Durocher. (Atheneum, $8.95, paper)

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