eBook Wizard epub

by Ozzie Smith

eBook Wizard epub
  • ISBN: 0809245949
  • Author: Ozzie Smith
  • Genre: Sports
  • Subcategory: Biographies
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Contemporary Books; First Edition edition (May 1, 1988)
  • Pages: 187 pages
  • ePUB size: 1940 kb
  • FB2 size 1470 kb
  • Formats mobi docx lrf azw

Dubbed "Wizard" for his on-field magic, the Saint Louis Cardinals' All-Star shortstop recounts his youth in riot-torn Watts and his climb to become baseball's highest paid player, and offers fresh and outspoken opinions on very aspect of baseball today
Comments: (3)
This is a replacement for my book that was accidentally lost when friends helped me renovate my house. As a lifelong Cardinal fan, Ozzie is one of my all time favorites. This book explains his childhood through his Cardinal career. It is an enjoyable read for any Cardinal fan and for anyone that appreciates his numerous gold gloves and love for the game.
Smith and co-author Rob Rains do a nice job of briefly summarizing Smith's career up through the 1987 season. Ozzie gives a mostly chronological account of his baseball life, briefly touching on his childhood and his life away from baseball. Although the book is brief, Smith does express some opinions regarding run ins with umpires and how he thinks Ed Whitson hit him on purpose (causing him to miss about a month of the 1984 season). He also states he thinks the air blowers in the Metrodome were used to the Twins advantage during 1987 World Series games in Minneapolis. The final chapter is a look ahead to the 1988 season and Smith expresses confidence that newly signed Bob Horner will be able to step into the hole left by the departing Jack Clark. He was wrong about that in hindsight.

Solid work. The media always portrayed Smith as an approachable, hard working superstar and that comes through in the book. I would love to see Smith write a new book covering his entire baseball life.
When Whitey Herzog swung the deal to obtain a slick fielding-no hit shortstop from the San Diego Padres, by the name of Osborne Earl Smith; he had completed the final piece to what would become a World Championship team - The 1982 St Louis Cardinals.

The Cardinals were a team without a power hitter; they used speed and defense to win games, and nobody epitomized that quality better than Ozzie Smith - The Wizard. His autobiography, assisted by Rob Rains, is an interesting perspective from the game's all-time defensive shortstop; not to mention, one of baseball's best-dressed performers and acrobats. Ozzie could do it all; later in his career, he learned how to slap the ball to all fields, and became a pretty decent hitter; not much power, but good in the clutch, and good at putting the ball in play to take advantage of his terrific speed.

Smith was a joy to watch; especially when he connected for his first home run as a left-handed batter - in the clutch - lifting the Cardinals to a dramatic postseason victory in 1985, over the stunned Los Angeles Dodgers. As the late Jack Buck exclaimed, "Go crazy folks!"
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