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Called Out but Safe: A Baseball Umpire's Journey (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Al Clark , Dan Schlossberg , Marty Appel

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"Al Clark never threw me out of a game, but Billy Martin wasn't so fortunate. I not only witnessed his confrontations with Al but enjoyed remembering them in this book." - Ron Blomberg, first designated hitter "Some of the nicest conversations I've had in forty-two years of baseball have been with umpires. I loved any time spent with my friend Al Clark. Enjoy some great baseball stories from a man who once had a front-row seat in our great game." - Chris Wheeler, Phillies broadcaster


If an umpire could steal the show in a Major League game, Al Clark might well have been the one to do it. Tough but fair, in his thirty years as a professional umpire he took on some of baseball’s great umpire baiters, such as Earl Weaver, Billy Martin, and Dick Williams, while ejecting any number of the game’s elite—once tearing a hamstring in the process. He was the first Jewish umpire in American League history, and probably the first to eject his own father from the officials’ dressing room. But whatever Clark was doing—officiating at Nolan Ryan’s three hundredth win, Cal Ripken’s record breaker, or the “earthquake” World Series of 1989, or braving a labor dispute, an anti-Semitic tirade by a Cy Young Award winner, or a legal imbroglio—it makes for a good story.
Called Out but Safe is Clark’s outspoken and often hilarious account of his life in baseball from umpire school through the highlights to the inglorious end of his stellar career. Not just a source of baseball history and lore, Clark’s book also affords a rare look at what life is like for someone who works for the Major Leagues’ other team. 


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 4697 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 240 Seiten
  • Verlag: University of Nebraska Press (1. Mai 2014)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: #494.475 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop (Siehe Top 100 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop)

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As a lifetime baseball fan… who’s read baseball books veritably non-stop for over half-a-century… it was a nice change of pace to read about the National Pastime (at least formerly… if not currently)… from a totally different perspective. The normal perspective is from either a player… a manager… a coach… a team executive… biased or unbiased sportswriters… etc. … but to be taken by the hand through the lifetime of a man who spent twenty-six-years in the Major Leagues as an Umpire… creates a number of unique experiences… that at times you don’t see coming. To follow the dreams of a young man… hoping to reach the Big Leagues… that evolve around the game of baseball… old habits… sway you into almost forgetting mid-stream… that you’re not reading about a player. And then all of a sudden… you’re being educated on the way umpires rotate all their positions on the field based on how many runners are on base and where the ball is… almost like synchronized swimming… albeit… one of the swimmers is wearing a face mask and shin protectors.

Al Clark… along with being the only Jewish umpire in American League history… during his career Major League Baseball changed from a team of umpires specific to each league… to one team of umpires that rotated through both leagues. Al takes you from his childhood in New Jersey with loving parents… all the way to the Big Leagues… with a late life detour into prison… for a bad decision… and association. The book is peppered with anecdotes of famous players… but truth be told… this reader… hoped for more than were provided. It seems that… perhaps… subconsciously Al still tried to heed the most important guidelines that his umpiring career was built around… not to care who won… and to blend into the background as much as possible… because the old saying is that fans don’t pay to come watch the umps and referees.

Surprisingly… the most impactful part of the book… was his four months in prison. The author truly understood… and insightfully shared… what the loss… of one of life’s most valuable assets… freedom… is really like… even in a minimal security prison. So Al… may have tripped up rounding third… and been tagged out… but he certainly… got up… dusted himself off… and still made it home!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A Must-Read If You Love Baseball 25. März 2014
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If, as Al Clark would say, you are a baseball fan like I am or a fan of baseball, you will love this book. It is so very readable and gives the reader an insider's view of the game, the players, and the third team on the field, the umpires. Clark's stories of Cal, Bucky Dent, Lou Piniella, and many others are real gems and are told from a point of view that is rarely available, the umpire. Clark is uniquely qualified to tell these stories since he spent thirty years as a professional umpire. I finished the book wishing there was more. It should be on the must-read list of every baseball fan!
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Called out but definitely not safe 15. Juni 2014
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Don't waste your money. The author said it took him a year to write but I think he could have done it in a week; a work week! It was shallow and had little depth. He said he enjoyed telling anecdotes on the speaking circuit, I only wished he had shared them in his book. It was poorly edited with multiple spelling errors. Finally, the woe is me and I am such a nice guy gets real old real fast.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Called out but Safe!!!!!!!!! 22. April 2014
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A job well done,, I can visualize the happenings while reading… Mr Clark's animation comes thru…
Thanks for a good read.. Great job my friend.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Called Out but Safe; A lesson in life 13. Mai 2014
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I bought this book as a gift for my college playing nephew. After reading a few pages, I couldn't put it down. This book gives a perspective that the fan often doesn't see or think about. It's informational, hilarious and good all around baseball book. What I got the most out of it was some good old life lessons. Life is all about decisions. Your decisions effect you and those around you. Try your best to make good decisions. On the occasion you don't, lean from your mistake and move on. To many people live their life's thinking they have been cheated or shortchanged in the past and it defines them. Don't make that mistake. Live in the present and learn from the past.

Thanks Al! Great story.
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