For several decades, the Baltimore Orioles were the envy of every Major League Baseball team. Now fans of this indomitable team can walk into the stadium and onto the field with Louis Berney’s newly revised edition of Tales from the Baltimore Orioles Dugout. Individually, these stories are funny, poignant, and eccentric. Collectively, they offer a portrait of a team that is as much a family and a community treasure as it is a professional sports organization. A must-have for any Orioles fan.
To die-hard baseball fans, a collection of lore about one of America's most historic and beloved baseball teams might sound like a fastball right down the middle, and rest assured, author and Orioles fan Louis Berney hits it out of the park with Tales from the Baltimore Orioles Dugout. Performer Tom Parks makes for a lively raconteur as he moves through stories about such major league luminaries as Earl Weaver, Joe Durham, and Cal Ripken, Jr. After a few hours with this grab bag of poignant and occasionally funny stories, listeners will be forgiven for thinking they're eavesdropping at a bar outside Camden Yards. Consider it a pleasant diversion for the fair-weather fan and a must-have for the amateur baseball historian.
"A nostalgic and reminiscent style that makes the reader root for the Orioles." (Outside Pitch)
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Some nice tales for O's fans. But...
As a longtime Orioles fan, it was nice listening to information about the team and stories told by some of the players over the years. However, the narration of this book leaves a lot to be desired.
The narrator never changes his tone throughout the book, so it's hard to tell where the author's text ends and the players' interviews begin. Unless it's something obvious, it is left to the listener to figure out whether they are listening to a quote or just information about the team, games and players.
I was also disappointed that the narrator never bothered to learn how to properly pronounce players' names before recording this audiobook. Players like Jim Gentile, Felix Pie and Nick Markakis' names are all mispronounced, along with other players. You'd think more effort would have been put into preparation for something like this well before recording took place.
Apart from some aspects of the narration, this was still a nice little audiobook for anyone wanting to revisit the highs and lows of Baltimore Orioles history. If you can get past some of the above, it's worth a listen.
- Leanne M. Shaw "Stratosmacca"