With the championship game of the College World Series today in Omaha, and the Triple-A Storm Chasers in the new Werner Park after winning the Triple-A championship last year, new baseball books, including one on the minor leagues, can add to the conversation while you’re waiting for the 7th-inning stretch. All college players who want to make the majors will have to go through the minors first.
John Feinstein, author of 24 nonfiction sports books, has a new book out on life in the minor leagues. Columnist George F. Will has a new book on Wrigley Field. Cal Ripken, Jr., has a novel for younger readers. Other new books focus on Jackie Robinson and Joe DiMaggio. Tim Wendel has written “Down to the Last Pitch: How the 1991 Minnesota Twins and Atlanta Braves Gave Us the Best World Series of All Time.”
“Where Nobody Knows Your Name: Life in the Minor Leages of Baseball,” illuminates the lives of players like Brett Tomko, the 41-year-old pitcher who was injured during his 100th career major league win and made a come-back to the Triple-A Omaha Storm Chasers before recently leaving Omaha to play for Triple-A Colorado Springs.
This book seems to have more about Tomko than it does about any of the other four featured Triple-A players, although Feinstein does not discuss the Storm Chasers. See the link above to read the book’s early pages that include a good introduction to Tomko. Later in the book, Tomko’s story is told more completely.
Besides the five players, Feinstein also focuses on the careers of a Triple-A umpire and two managers. It is these eight figures in Triple-A ball Feinstein has interviewed extensively for the book, while many others also are discussed. The 368-page book was published in February.