Author: Adrian Martin
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Release Date: 2017-03-22
Relive the exploits of memorable, if not exemplary Phillies teams and players through the eyes of a young fan and his father. The journey for Dad and I begins with our first Phillies game together at Veterans Stadium in 1990 when I was just seven years old. Through the coming years and decades, my dad got me to fall in love with this team while also appreciating an American League team just an hour to the south. Our family and father-son relationship experienced their fair share of ups and downs, but when all was said and done, the Phillies and baseball in general, always brought us back together.
Author: Jim Gullo
Publisher: Da Capo Press
Release Date: 2012-03-13
Genre: Sports & Recreation
The moving story of how a father and his young son recaptured their love of baseball—a winning testament to why the game matters and how it can still bring us together in spite of itself In recent years something hasn’t been quite right with baseball. Ask Jim Gullo: he’ll tell you even a seven-year-old kid knows it. In December 2007, just as Jim’s young son Joe was beginning to develop a true passion for the game, the bombshell news of players’ steroid use made it clear that America’s pastime wasn’t what it claimed to be. Suddenly, Jim found himself struggling to answer questions from Joe that had nothing to do with batting averages or World Series champions: “What aresteroids? Who was using them? Wasn’t it cheating? Why weren’t the players who got caught suspended or punished by baseball?” While Jim searched for the right words and Major League Baseball dithered, Joe took matters into his own hands: he removed the players who had been named as likely drug users from his prized baseball card collection and created a cheaters pile. Then he created a different category of suspected “juicers” to keep an eye on. He took these players’ posters—even the poster of his favorite slugger, Manny Ramirez—down from his bedroom walls. The steroid scandal had clearly hit home. Rather than wait for an official explanation and apology from Major League Baseball that would never materialize, Jim and Joe set out to find their own answers. They traveled the country from coast to coast, from Spring Training contests to major and minor league games—speaking with players, prospects, and managers while tracking down the legends and ghosts of baseball’s golden age. And one day they discovered an aging but dedicated prospect who would become not only a true role model for Joe, but also the unlikely inspiration to lure both father and son back to the game they loved. By turns humorous, heartbreaking, and inspiring, Trading Manny tells the story of their journey back to baseball—how along the way Joe traded his idol Manny for a more worthy hero, and Jim discovered something invaluable about being a father.
Author: Tony Silvia
Release Date: 2009-07-01
Genre: Performing Arts
"Illuminates how the father-son relationship thrives because of baseball, and, sometimes, in spite of it. Each bears a legendary name in baseball broadcasting--Caray, Brennaman, Buck and Kalas. All the sons relate how their fathers' names opened doors but
Author: Bob Gordon
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.
Release Date: 2013-04-01
Genre: Sports & Recreation
More than twenty former and current Philadelphia Phillies players share their fondest single-game experience and memories with author Bob Gordon. Many of the moments celebrate the extraordinary events that have shaped the Phillies’ rich heritage. Curt Simmons, John Vukovich, Kevin Jordan, Del Unser, Doug Glanville, and Tug McGraw are just a few of the legendary Phillies stars who discuss the games of their lives. Even Phillie Phanatics I and II join in the fun. This book is the ticket for Philadelphia Phillies fans everywhere to travel back to many of the big games and moments that have shaped the team and franchise during its 131-year history in the City of Brotherly Love.
The legendary late pitcher offers a candid chronicle of his life on and off the baseball field, discussing his accomplishments as a pitcher, his battle with brain cancer, what happens to a professional athlete when his career is over, and his evolving relationship with the son he had for years denied fathering, country music star Tim McGraw. Reprint.
Set in Philadelphia and revolving around a suspenseful legal case, the novel Becoming His Father's Son tells the story of Alex Hamilton's redemption. A successful, Ivy League-educated, African American attorney, Alex feels superior to other African Americans. In fact, he has achieved his success by winning racial discrimination cases--using questionable tactics--for wealthy, corporate clients. In stark contract to Alex, his physician father, "Dr. Nate" Hamilton, has been practicing medicine in the inner city for thirty years, often giving free treatment to patients who cannot afford to pay. Dr. Nate, the son of a sharecropper, grew up poor in Alabama and worked his way through college and medical school, unlike Alex who has lived a life of privilege. Alex and Nate haven't spoken to each other in years, a situation that grieves Alex's mother, May Hamilton. When Dr. Nate is accused of Medicare fraud and stands to lose everything he has worked for, he turns to his son for help. Alex makes a critical choice to defend his father; a decision based on love--and it irrevocably changes his life. His law partners scheme to maneuver him out of the firm when they learn of his father's indictment; and Alex begins to question all his former assumptions. As they work on the defense case, Nate reveals to Alex family secrets he had until then kept to himself, and father and son achieve a new understanding. The story ends with a suspenseful courtroom trial--the trial of Alex's life--and a surprise twist at the conclusion. A collaboration of Gregory P. Miller, a senior partner in the law firm of Miller, Alfano and Raspanti and author Denise Dennis, Becoming His Father's Son follows the story from Independence Hall to the North Philadelphia ghetto. The novel holds the readers' interest until the last page is turned.
Author: Robert Gordon
Publisher: Sports Publishing LLC
Release Date: 2006-01
Genre: Sports & Recreation
Stubble scruffed up their chins. Tobacco wads ballooned their cheeks. The 1993 Philadelphia Phillies had the look of a slow-pitch softball team itching to kick some serious butt. They did kick butt, too, on and off the field. "They lived the life of professional baseball players as fully as it can be done," manager Jim Fregosi said. Though they weren't a photogenic bunch, their mugs were everywhere, on "Baseball Today," on David Letterman, and on "Saturday Night Live." Even President Clinton quipped about them.The updated softcover edition of Robert Gordon's and Tom Burgoyne's More than Beards, Bellies and Biceps: The Story of the 1993 Phillies (And the Phillie Phanatic Too) tells the complete story of this gang of baseball throwbacks that quickly seduced the hometown fans. By season's end they had won over the rest of the country, too. America's Most Wanted Team became America's Team in a heart-thumping World Series against Toronto.The '93 Phils drew more spectators than any other Philadelphia franchise in the city's century-and-a-quarter of professional sports. More than Beards, Bellies and Biceps offers the story of a team that burned the candle at both ends and lit up a city like a firecracker.
Author: Tony Danza
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release Date: 2008-05-13
In the Danza family, the men did most of the cooking -- great Italian-American food that has remained the favorite cuisine in American households for more than a century. Now, actor, television personality, and exuberant cook Tony Danza and his son, Marc (and grandson, Nicholas!), invite you into the kitchen with their huge, at times hilarious, Italian-American clan for 50 top-secret family recipes (the sauce and the lasagna) and never-before-shared stories and photographs. You'll meet Tony's mom and dad, and Tony's mom's family, the Camisas. You'll meet Marc's family and of course his son, Nicholas. You'll meet the uncles, the aunts, and the cousins, all important people in Tony's and Marc's upbringing. You'll read stories about an Italian immigrant family that grew strong in America and really lived the American dream. The stories are, for the most part, wrapped around the recipes and the food that was the center of family life: Uncle John's Pasta with Prosciutto Sauce, Mother's Lasagna, Chicken with Lemon and Garlic, Holiday Antipasto, Roasted Chicken and Potatoes, Escarole and Bean Soup, Ricotta Cheesecake, and even Tony and Marc's Quick or Date Sauce, a fabulous tomato sauce that's fast, easy, and sure to help you impress the ladies. So pull up a chair, pick up a fork, and join Tony and Marc as they cook, eat, and laugh their way through the generations. And remember, "don't fill up on the antipasto."
Baseball is America's favorite pastime and one of the best ways for fathers and sons to bond. Major League Dads is an inspirational look at such connections through a collection of heartfelt essays from interviews with 150 of the top players in Major League Baseball, such as David Wright, Carlos Pena, Brad Lidge, and Derek Jeter. Through personal recollections, you can read firsthand what their dads meant to them growing up and how they coached them to success both on and off the field.
Author: Robin Roberts
Publisher: Temple University Press
Release Date: 1996
Genre: Sports & Recreation
The 1950 Phillies unexpectedly captured the hearts and imaginations of Philadelphians. This work features this inspiring era in Phillies history, with the personal reflections of Robin Roberts, a Hall of Famer and arguably the best right-handed pitcher in Phillies history.
Author: Pat Williams
Publisher: WaterBrook Press
Release Date: 2004
Genre: Family & Relationships
Having raised 19 children, the Williamses offer answers to many parents' questions and real-life counsel to help make the family life of readers the richest and most rewarding it can be--whether they are raising one child or one dozen.
For 25 years, Philadelphia waited for a team like the 200 Phillies to come along. Waited for a team that could end the title drought in all four professional sports. Waited for that one magical postseason runthat cold unlesh a quarter-century of frustration. Then the 2008 Phillies hopped on tht magic carpet and made it happen.
Born and raised in Eagles country, Tom McAllister learns from his father and brother the rules of being a football fan. Spending Sundays in the infamous 700 level of Veterans Stadium, or sitting in front of the TV with his father in a nearby recliner, Tom sees both the ugly and beautiful sides of Philadelphia football. Like all true Philadelphians, he connects with the players. From icons Chuck Bednarik and Steve Van Buren to modern-day greats Randall Cunningham, Donovan McNabb, and Brian Dawkins and controversial stars such as Terrell Owens, the Eagles players become a part of McAllister’s life. Watching them every Sunday, he tries to develop his own identity as a fan. Torn between his father’s calm and levelheaded fandom and the rowdy, profane, and violent crowds of Philadelphia legend, Tom struggles to achieve balance. As a rabid Eagles fan, Tom McAllister experiences plenty of defeats and disappointments, but his biggest challenge is coping with the premature loss of his father to cancer. In Bury Me in My Jersey, McAllister explores the connection between his dedication to the Eagles and the death of his father. He details the intense bonds—between fathers and sons, among friends, and even between a city and its football team—and chronicles the joys and sorrows, victories and failures, of a lifetime of sports obsession. Any fan can relate: Tom drinks to excess, spends countless hours every week posting to an online Eagles message board, and spies on players in the fruit aisle of the supermarket. Without the example of his father to guide him, Tom often finds himself stumbling off track. But it is his girlfriend and eventual wife, LauraBeth, who keeps him grounded as he matures into adulthood. A touching, funny, beautifully crafted memoir, Bury Me in My Jersey is not only a marvelous tribute to a father, a way of life, and a team and its devoted followers but also a love letter to the city of Philadelphia. From the Hardcover edition.