My Greatest Day in Baseball Author:John Carmichael (Editor) Based in Chicago, John Carmichael was one of America's most celebrated sports columnists from the early '30s to his retirement 40 years later. For My Greatest Day, he collected the first-person rambles of 47 of the best ballplayers of the first half of the century. The roster is a virtual who's who: What aficionado wouldn't want to share a dugou... more »t with, among others, Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, Honus Wagner, Frankie Frisch, Satchel Paige, Mel Ott, Rogers Hornsby, and Jimmy Foxx?
Sometimes myth triumphs over absolute truth in the players' memories, but baseball has always made room for its legends, and so much antiquated charm manages to seep into these pages as a result. For example, listen to how the Bambino begins his recollection of the famed "Called Shot" (which may or may not have actually happened) against the Cubs in the 1932 World Series: "What blankety-blank fool would-a done what I did that day. When I think of what-a idiot I'd a been if I'd struck out and I could-a, just as well as not because I was mad and I'd made up my mind to swing at the next pitch if I could reach it with a bat. Boy, when I think of the good breaks in my life..." Ruth leads off the volume, and merely sets the table. The 46 who follow acquit themselves equitably in bringing My Greatest Day home. --Jeff Silverman« less