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Rex Barney's Thank Youuuu for 50 Years in Baseball from Brooklyn to Baltimore

Rex Barney’s Thank Youuuu for 50 Years in Baseball from Brooklyn to Baltimore

Rex Barney , with Norman L. Macht

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On September 26, 1981, millions of viewers watched on NBC television as Nolan Ryan pitched his fifth no-hitter. Late in the game, commentator Tony Kubek asked Joe Garagiola, “Did you ever see anybody throw faster than Nolan Ryan?” Without hesitating, Joe replied, “Sure. Rex Barney.”This is the story of Rex Barney, the man who threw faster than Feller and Ryan; and whose pitching career sped by quicker than his fastball because he could not control it. Barney became a legend as part of the most exciting era of the Brooklyn Dodgers—1943 to 1951. In his own inimitable style, Rex tells the story of his battle to control his fastball and his own life, including his struggles to overcome illness and a near-fatal stroke. Along the way, Rex takes the reader into dugouts, clubhouses, and broadcast booths to meet many of the managers, stars, and scrubinis he has known during his fifty years in baseball.

Size: 6″ x 9″ | 50 b/w photos & 2 illustrations | Index | 280 pp
ISBN13: 9780870334436 | Binding: hard cover

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The late Rex Barney became a legend as part of the most exciting era of the Brooklyn Dodgers””1943 to 1951””when Jackie Robinson arrived and Leo Durocher switched to the New York Giants. When his pitching career ended, Barney went into sports broadcasting and became the public-address announcer for the Orioles, first at Memorial Stadium and then at Orioles Park at Camden Yards. He also did radio work for WBAL in Baltimore. In 1993 he received the Eddie Rommel Award from the Maryland Professional Baseball Players Association and was presented with an original seat from Ebbets Field in ceremonies in Brooklyn, New York. He wrote his autobiography, Rex Barney’s THANK Youuuu, with the help of Norman L. Macht.