A GIANT OF THE GAME: Rose was a legend on the field, and an unforgettable and flawed character off the field. He’s the all-time leader for hits and games played, and no one has won more games as a professional athlete than Rose.
ONE OF THE SPORT’S GREAT CHARACTERS: Love him or hate him, Rose is one of the most singular, magnetic, and polarizing men in the history of baseball. He’ll likely be the greatest player not to make the Hall of Fame since Shoeless Joe Jackson. But what makes this memoir so special is how entertaining and candid his voice is on the page.
STORIES FROM A GOLDEN AGE: Rose dishes on what it was like to hit (or try to hit) a Koufax curveball or Bob Gibson fastball, what it was like in the early days of desegration in baseball, and what he learned about hitting from DiMaggio. He’s a link to a golden age of baseball, and he tells these stories like no else can.
A FATHER-SON TALE: The core of Rose’s life was his father who gave Pete invaluable lessons about how to succeed and to achieve greatness. The bond between the two makes this a perfect Father’s Day gift, and a book that many fathers and sons will relate to.
PRACTICAL ADVICE: Rose wasn’t considered naturally gifted, but he achieved greatness through hard work and an iron will. There’s a great deal to be learned from his work ethic and his approach on the field.
“An eloquent plea for reinstatement…[Rose] is expressive about the sport he loves and about the father who raised him to strive to win…There’s an authentic Huck Finn-ish charm to these passages. Baseball was not the slick slugfest of today. Players bore colorful nicknames, played day games, and they played hurt. It was a game of knockdowns and spitballs… Play Hungry testifies to the dividends paid by desire, not just to Mr. Rose but to the teammates that he inspired with the will to win…the sport misses the authenticity of his voice, and the Hall of Fame—barred to him on account of his banishment—can hardly be complete absent such an immense talent. After 30 years, baseball should think about bringing him home." —Wall Street Journal
“The title says it all. This is how a hungry kid became one of the greatest ball players of all time. Essential reading for baseball fans, controversy and all.” —Booklist, starred review
“A bitingly candid reflection on his life in baseball…he’s witty and brash, but he also displays unexpected earnestness…With this frank, no-holds-barred narrative, Rose just might win new fans.” —Publishers Weekly
“[Rose’s] recollections about baseball—and life off the field—yield rewards for readers. In a baseball memoir filled with plenty of strikes and balls, Rose offers abundant evidence of why he has become a touchstone of controversy.” —Kirkus Reviews
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