By George Castle
What activities lovers learn, watch, and hear at domestic frequently isn’t the true tale popping out of the locker room or front place of work. George fort should still be aware of: he’s lined baseball in Chicago for many years and witnessed the widening gulf among the media and the groups they’re purported to cover—and the ensuing frequent incorrect information in regards to the internal workings of the sport. during this ebook, fortress chronicles from the interior the decline of baseball reporting and exhibits in transparent and useful phrases how ill-served today’s activities fans are by way of these they belief for the immediately tale. Charting the trail of a veteran activities reporter’s occupation, Baseball and the Media lines the alterations in baseball assurance from the times of the old-time avid gamers and scribes to the no-holds-barred (and no evidence checked) sports-talk radio of our time. alongside the best way, citadel introduces readers to the politics of baseball media (does activities journalism even have its purple and blue states?), records the transformation of athletes from function types to sports-media celebrities, together with emblematic characters reminiscent of LaTroy Hawkins and Carl Everett, and illuminates the profound adjustments within the means activities in general—and baseball in particular—are conveyed to its avid shoppers, who're the losers finally.
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They knew what the players were going through. They knew it wasn’t an easy haul over 180 days with all the traveling. You had a closer relationship with the writers. I became friends with Sid Hartman [later the mainstay Twin Cities sports columnist]. I used to tackle Sid in the clubhouse. One day I hid his tape recorder in Boston. He was steaming in the press box. ” Brosnan, ﬁnishing his career with the White Sox in 1963, endured a rough ﬂight to Baltimore next to a sportswriter. “We thought we’d crash,” he said, so he and the writer decided to ensure a farewell drink.
They don’t have the passion and don’t take the time to gain the knowledge, and don’t stick around long enough to make the contacts. I can pick up a telephone and call about any general manager in baseball, and he’ll take my call. ” Even before the baseball writer knifes through the thick ofﬁce politics of media and the vagabond, rootless existence required to rise in the business, he ought to have an afﬁnity for the game. Jerome Holtzman insisted there was no cheering in the press box, but no demerits were given to starting out life as a fan, rooting from the cheap seats, and soaking up the nuances of baseball through osmosis.
There was only the occasional wintertime trade or press luncheon story to write. Despite the grind, the beat man often manned his post for ﬁfteen, twenty-ﬁve, even forty years till he simply wore out. He had built-in breaks, though—better deadlines and few of the off-the-ﬁeld stories with which his present-day counterparts must deal. Uncommon was the advance story about a trade or manager hiring before it was ofﬁcially announced. 0pt PgVar ——— Normal Page PgEnds: TEX , (19) 23 BOOKCOMP, Inc.
Baseball and the Media: How Fans Lose in Today's Coverage of the Game by George Castle