Melissa Rose Bernardo
April 14, 2006 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Only Game in Town

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Fay Vincent
genre
Nonfiction, Sports

We gave it an B-

Scouting Report
In the first entry in a proposed oral history, the ex-MLB commissioner interviews 10 players from the 1930s and ’40s, from Dom DiMaggio (Joe’s little bro) to Larry Doby, the first black American Leaguer.

Curveball
Both Pirates slugger Ralph Kiner and Negro League star Monte Irvin name-check Ewell ”The Whip” Blackwell. ”Toughest pitcher I ever hit against,” says Kiner. ”No argument.”

Final Score
A much-needed history lesson for younger fans.

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