Last nite, Rob Neyer posted about Lenny Dykstra at his Sweet Spot blog. To me, the most interesting part was the last graf:

And speaking of books, most baseball players really aren’t interesting enough to write about. Not in a serious biography, anyway. But Dykstra’s different. Between his baseball career and his business adventures and the fractured relationship with his baseball-playing son, there’s the makings here of a Shakespearian tragedy. The only problem is that you sort of have to wait until the ending, to really do the story justice.

Who else would Rob (or you) consider bio-worthy? Tacks Latimer had an interesting post-baseball life, but I doubt you could get a book out of it. His story is probably better suited for a film. Then again, no one knows who he is.


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5 responses to “Nails

  1. Jon

    Tybalt. Good post. I'll mull it over as I prepare for work.

  2. Jon

    3 pitchers, Tybalt:Robin RobertsJim BunningJim Bouton

  3. Some other pitchers that would probably merit a bio (I think Bunning is really boring though)…Byung-Hyun KimBoomer WellsHideo NomoDock EllisDonnie MooreJoaquin Andujarand Donnie Moore makes me think Bill Buckner would be interesting, too. I have a very angry essay about Bill Buckner and his treatment by the world of baseball, still bubbling away slowly and silently in the darkest corner of my consciousness, that I will write one day.

  4. Jon

    Oooh, Buckner sounds interesting. 1986 wasn't the first time he pulled a rock in the WS. Part of the reason I mentioned Bunning and Roberts was their doings in the early days of the Players Association. It's interesting. Marvin Miller gets the lion's share of pub for it, but isn't in the Hall of Fame. But Larry Fleisher is enshrined in Springfield and most of what I've read about the NBAPA focuses on the players like Robertson, Cousy, and Heinson.

  5. The one I can't believe I forgot is Oscar Charleston, who as Bill James pointed out years ago doesn't have a biography at all (whereas someone like his equivalent, DiMaggio, has dozens).

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