(The series of stories based on Author Gaylon White’s recent visit to Nanticoke, PA, will resume Monday, Dec. 15)
“The very best era of baseball is when you were a kid,” says Bill Swank, a San Diego baseball historian.
For baby boomers that grew up during the golden era of baseball in the 1950s, this is especially true.
Our parents didn’t go bankrupt taking us to games and letting us gorge ourselves on hot dogs and soft drinks. You could have two of each plus an ice cream for under a dollar.
Players were approachable and often mixed with fans, more than willing to sign autographs.
And minor league games were just as important as any big league game. They really mattered – on the field and in the standings.
The Bilko Athletic Club is not a history book but there’s a lot of history in it for fans who want a Steve Bilko-sized blast from the past.
“One of the best sports books of 2014,” Bruce Miles wrote recently in the Chicago Daily Herald, adding that the book is “one you definitely should put on your holiday wish list.” You can read Miles’ article and interview with Author Gaylon White by clicking on the following link: http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20141130/sports/141139966/
Hal Ramey, long-time sports director at KCBS-Radio in San Francisco, featured the book on his popular sports show, calling it a “great read”. You can listen to the two-part series by clicking on the MP3 files below.
White and Dave Hillman, the ace of the ’56 Angels pitching staff with 21 victories, will be at two book signing events in Kingsport, Tennessee. The first is 6-7:45 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 9 at the Kingsport Public Library, 400 Broad Street: http://www.kingsportlibrary.org/events/gaylon-white-author-talk-and-book-signing/ . The second is 12 noon -2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 10 at Sloopy’s Diner, 819 N. Eastman Road. The hot dogs at Sloopy’s may cost a little more than they did in 1956 but the conversation and free autographed photographs of Hillman, a long-time Kingsport resident, will make them taste better.
Hal Ramey Interview on KCBS-Radio in San Francisco – Part 1
Hal Ramey Interview on KCBS-Radio in San Francisco – Part 2
The Bilko Athletic Club is a book published by Rowman & Littlefield about the 1956 Los Angeles Angels, a team of castoffs and kids built around a bulky, beer-loving basher of home runs named Steve Bilko. The book features a delightful foreword by John Schulian, former sports columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times and Philadelphia Daily News and longtime contributor to Sports Il dlustrated and GQ. The book can now be ordered by clicking on any of the website links below:
- Rowman & Littlefield
- Barnes and Noble
- Vroman’s Book Store
- Sales Spider
- Tower books
- Powell’s Books
- Rakuten.com Shopping
- BetterWorld Books
- The Book Depository
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