Baseball and Life

The telephone line went dead seconds into the WBKV-AM Morning Show interview with Gaylon White, author of The Bilko Athletic Club. At the end of the West Bend, Wisconsin, radio program, host Jesse Averill apologized for the technical problems. “No problem, that’s life,” White replied.

Steve Bilko played for the Cincinnati Reds and five other major-league teams.

Steve Bilko played for the Cincinnati Reds and five other major-league teams.

Earlier in the interview Averill said: “To me, this book sounds like it would appeal not only to sports fans – baseball fans – but everybody. It’s very intriguing the whole aspect of having success in one area and it not translating over.”

The 1956 Los Angeles Angels, nicknamed The Bilko Athletic Club after star Steve Bilko, were made up mostly of Cub castoffs that had experienced both success and failure in their careers.

“In sports, the higher up you go to the majors, the line separating success and failure is very, very thin,” White said. “This team and baseball is a lot like life and there are a lot of lessons to be learned from it.”

Listen to White’s interview with Averill: