Picks and Pans Review: Strike Two

UPDATED 05/28/1984 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 05/28/1984 at 01:00 AM EDT

by Ron Luciano and David Fisher

Luciano's umpiring career ended in 1979. So this sequel to his 1982 best-seller The Umpire Strikes Back consists of second-string anecdotes, borrowed tales from other umpires and silly attempts at humor. There are also many alarming figures of speech: "Describing Kenny Kaiser's road to the major leagues as a rocky one is something like calling the Grand Canyon a drainage ditch." An indecisive umpire is "as vulnerable as the rich sky-diver who allows his only heir to pack his parachute." This book is as much fun as a barrel of old sweat socks. (Bantam, $14.95)

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