Title: Over the Edge
Author: Jay Johnstone and Rick Talley
Genre: Baseball, Sports
TV sports host Johnstone played baseball for 22 years, serving time with eight major league clubs; with sports journalist Talley he collaborated on Temporary Insanity. This sequel also has its quota of juvenile humor but it has some wit, too. There are entertaining anecdotes about baseball in Japan and at U.S. colleges and tales about old-timers' games. A chapter on "All-Time Greatest Lists" includes amusing quotes from "stupid" sports reporters, players, announcers and, best of all, long-suffering Chicago Cubs fans. It's fun. Photos not seen by PW. Author tour.
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This book, likely very hard to find, is a fantastic and fun baseball read.
Johnstone was one of my faves as a youth with his play on the mid 70's Phillies. It seemed like they were always on the NBC game of the week and I got to watch Jay Johnstone play all the time. His baseball cards were a treasure to me.
In this book, Jay takes you on a rambling journey through baseball. He provides his best anecdotes (or the best he has heard) on various baseball subjects like Winter Ball, Minors, College World Series and more. All sorts of great stories are here. You will find yourself laughing out loud constantly. A wonderful fun baseball read for any fan of the game.
My Rating: 5 stars
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John William Johnstone Jr. (born November 20, 1945) is an American former professional baseball player, active from 1966 to 1985 for the California Angels, Chicago White Sox, Oakland Athletics, Philadelphia Phillies, New York Yankees, San Diego Padres, Los Angeles Dodgers, and Chicago Cubs. Johnstone was known as a versatile outfielder with a good sense of humor, known for keeping clubhouses loose with pranks and gimmicks. He later served as a radio color commentator for the Yankees (1989–1990) and Phillies (1992–1993).
Reviewed by: Mr. N