By George Castle
What activities enthusiasts learn, watch, and hear at domestic usually isn’t the genuine tale popping out of the locker room or front place of work. George citadel should still understand: he’s lined baseball in Chicago for many years and witnessed the widening gulf among the media and the groups they’re speculated to cover—and the ensuing frequent incorrect information concerning the internal workings of the sport. during this e-book, fort chronicles from the interior the decline of baseball reporting and indicates in transparent and sensible phrases how ill-served today’s activities fans are by means of these they belief for the instantly tale. Charting the trail of a veteran activities reporter’s occupation, Baseball and the Media strains the alterations in baseball assurance from the times of the old-time avid gamers and scribes to the no-holds-barred (and no evidence checked) sports-talk radio of our time. alongside the best way, citadel introduces readers to the politics of baseball media (does activities journalism even have its pink and blue states?), records the transformation of athletes from position versions to sports-media celebrities, together with emblematic characters resembling LaTroy Hawkins and Carl Everett, and illuminates the profound alterations within the means activities in general—and baseball in particular—are conveyed to its avid shoppers, who're the losers finally.
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Jerome Holtzman insisted there was no cheering in the press box, but no demerits were given to starting out life as a fan, rooting from the cheap seats, and soaking up the nuances of baseball through osmosis. After all, bard-of-writers Holtzman recalled sneaking into Wrigley Field during the Great Depression to avoid the admission charge. Larry La Rue, another two-decade veteran covering the Mariners with the Tacoma News-Tribune, started with a good base of interest and added on. “It hurts that they don’t learn,” La Rue said of younger writers.
It really is kind of unfair they wield that much power,” said Sharon Pannozzo, media relations director of the Cubs and a twenty-three-year veteran of baseball public relations. “tv people had no say, radio people have little say. The bbwaa is the only organized group, a very powerful lobby. The broadcast people never organized themselves. The bbwaa in the early 1980s could almost prevent you from being in the press box. The bbwaa could say radio people can’t sit in a certain area. ” Radio men weren’t the only ones who found the press-box doors barred when they ﬁrst tried to enter.
28 Old-Time Players and Scribes BOOKCOMP, Inc. 0pt PgVar ——— Normal Page PgEnds: TEX , (24) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 He began by simply signing up almost the entire Reds clubhouse as sources. Sometimes there would be conﬂicts. Almost always McCoy and the players he covered enjoyed mutual respect. “I did associate more with players,” McCoy said of his early days on the beat. “I used to play tennis with them in the mornings.