About the Author
Rocco Constantino is an NCAA athletics administrator at Bloomfield College and baseball historian. He is also a freelance writer, most recently as a featured columnist for Bleacher Report and Baseball Hot Corner.
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About the Book:
Non-fiction: Sports 110,000 Words.
Baseball is a game of incredible moments, awe-inspiring feats, and dramatic finishes. But not all of these events actually impacted the game itself or the players still to come. Moments such as Lou Gehrig’s last Opening Day appearance, the very first All-Star game, or Mickey Mantle’s first game to hit home runs from both sides of the plate are iconic not because they were game-changing plays, but because they affected the course of baseball history.
In 50 Moments that Defined Major League Baseball, Rocco Constantino provides a fresh history of the national pastime by recounting the most extraordinary and iconic moments-both renowned and obscure-that shaped the game as it moved from the Dead Ball Era, through World War II, and on to the modern era. Events include Jackie Robinson’s first All-Star Game, Babe Ruth’s 50th home run in his first season as a Yankee, Hank Aaron’s first career home run, and many more. Highlighting these moments are Constantino’s exclusive interviews with over 50 former Major League Baseball players, managers, and umpires, as they candidly share their memories and provide commentary on these impactful events. Many of the players interviewed played in the World Series or an All-Star Game, including Rod Carew, Fred Lynn, Shawn Estes, and Jeff Montgomery.
50 Moments that Defined Major League Baseball features rarely seen historic photographs of baseball immortals and modern photos of today’s stars. With two bonus chapters that include first-hand entertaining anecdotes from baseball icons and moving statements about those who helped them reach the sport’s pinnacle, this book is an engaging read for baseball fans and historians alike.
“One of the cool things about 50 Moments that Defined Major League Baseball is the number of perspectives you get. You don’t just read the story from the star’s perspective. You get a point of view from his teammates, his rivals and others who got to see it happen. There are great stories and quotes that emanate from Rocco’s inquiries to former major leaguers, who may not get asked these questions often, but have lots to share.” –Mark Simon, ESPN Stats & Information / ESPN.com
“As a major league umpire I have had the privilege of being on the field for many great moments in our national past time. As I read Rocco Constantino’s book, I was reminded how rich the history of Major League Baseball is. Whether you are a baseball historian or a casual fan, I believe you will enjoy this collection of the great moments in baseball history.” –Ted Barrett, MLB Crew Chief, #65
“Constantino has done a fine job of highlighting 50 stories about baseball, but the beauty of the book is that in reading those 50 you get a wonderful picture of the entire sport, its magnificent history, and why Americans love it so.” –Bruce Chadwick, baseball historian
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