Saturday, October 25th, 2014

Former Cub Doug Glanville Pens New Book

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“There is a richness to the experience of playing baseball that is not visible to fans or commentators….
The stories I tell are every player’s story and are testimonials to the human condition in all its glory and frailties, something not exclusive to baseball.” – Doug Glanville

The Game From Where I Stand” is the new book written by one of my all-time favorite Cubs: Doug Glanville. Glanville was pure class here in Chicago and throughout all the stops in his 9 season, 1100+ game career. This book is more of the same, built on the character that Glanville revealed to us over that long major league career.

Just reading some of the names of ex-Cubs is enough to send you sprawling down memory lane. Glanville writes about the competition he faced in Cubs camp in 1997. Ozzie Timmons, Robin Jennings and Pedro Valdes stood between Glanville and his first starting job in the bigs.

He writes about how Sammy Sosa asked him to fetch some water for him and how Sammy reacted when he didn’t. He talks about his minor league experience with Michael Jordan and how all his teammates were amazed when Michael Jordan showed up at the clubhouse to visit him.

He spends pages on the “Bests” in baseball. Best nickname for an umpire. Best tattoo. Most ridiculous mascot. It’s fun and entertaining. But mostly Glanville just provides readers with a pleasant journey through baseball, and places only former players can take you. It’s definitely worth your time.

  • Tim E.

    Just finished reading it yesterday. Pretty interesting stuff. Doug’s a good writer.

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