This Ain't Brain Surgery: How to Win the Pennant Without Losing Your Mind

Larry Dierker (Author)
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Product Details

Price
$19.99
Publisher
Simon & Schuster
Publish Date
July 25, 2015
Pages
312
Dimensions
5.98 X 9.02 X 0.7 inches | 1.01 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781501130380
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About the Author

Larry Dierker pitched for the Houston Astros from 1964 to 1976. He made his debut on his eighteenth birthday and in his first inning struck out Willie Mays. In 1969 he became the Astros' first 20-game winner. He was named to the National League All-Star team in 1969 and 1971. As a pitcher he remains the franchise career leader in innings pitched and complete games, and is second in wins. After doing color commentary on Astros' radio and television broadcasts, Dierker managed the team from 1997 to 2001. He led Houston to a first-place finish in four of these five seasons. In 2004 he returned to color commentary. He is the author of This Ain't Brain Surgery: How to Win the Pennant Without Losing Your Mind.

Reviews

"Dierker's prose is witty and easy-reading."-"Publishers Weekly"
"ÝDierker¨ has a healthy perspective about the game and his role in it, as reflected in the title of this literate, humorous, and entertaining memoir. As he recounts his tenure as manager, he splices in anecdotes from his playing days, effectively contrasting the life of the ballplayer in both eras."-"Booklist"
"ÝLarry Dierker¨ came to be known as one of the brightest and most engaging minds in baseball . . . and his book shows why. It's an unvarnished insider's view of what goes on within the game at many levels and a refreshingly honest exercise in self-discovery. . . . Dierker's observations remain as fresh and as stimulating as they were when the book was first published in 2001." -- Dan McGrath "Chiago Tribune"
"A breezy collection of anecdotes and insights, carefully crafted and presented with a mixture of humor and thoughtfulness."
"Needless to say, a book entitled "This Ain't Brain Surgery" makes no pretence to scholarly profundity, but it is a witty, breezy, intelligent account of baseball as experienced by Larry Dierker." -- William M. Simons, "Journal of Sports History"
"It's a book that. . . has reenforced everything I love and have always loved about baseball. Above all else, baseball is a game that inspires wonder and Dierker -- former player, broadcaster, and manager for the Houston Astros--Illuminates that nicely."
" Dierker''s prose is witty and easy-reading. " -- Publishers Weekly
" A breezy collection of anecdotes and insights, carefully crafted and presented with a mixture of humor and thoughtfulness. " -- Richard Justice, Houston Chronicle

" There ' s a richness to the language in This Ain ' t Brain Surgery that isn ' t typically found in a book with an ex-player ' s (or ex-manager ' s) name on the cover. " -- Rob Neyer, ESPN.com

"Needless to say, a book entitled This Ain''t Brain Surgery makes no pretence to scholarly profundity, but it is a witty, breezy, intelligent account of baseball as experienced by Larry Dierker." -- William M. Simons, Journal of Sports History
" [Dierker] has a healthy perspective about the game and his role in it, as reflected in the title of this literate, humorous, and entertaining memoir. As he recounts his tenure as manager, he splices in anecdotes from his playing days, effectively contrasting the life of the ballplayer in both eras. " -- Booklist

"[Larry Dierker] came to be known as one of the brightest and most engaging minds in baseball . . . and his book shows why. It''s an unvarnished insider''s view of what goes on within the game at many levels and a refreshingly honest exercise in self-discovery. . . . Dierker''s observations remain as fresh and as stimulating as they were when the book was first published in 2001." -- Dan McGrath, Chicago Tribune

"A breezy collection of anecdotes and insights, carefully crafted and presented with a mixture of humor and thoughtfulness."--Richard Justice, "Houston Chronicle"

"[Larry Dierker] came to be known as one of the brightest and most engaging minds in baseball . . . and his book shows why. It''s an unvarnished insider''s view of what goes on within the game at many levels and a refreshingly honest exercise in self-discovery. . . . Dierker''s observations remain as fresh and as stimulating as they were when the book was first published in 2001."--Dan McGrath, "Chicago Tribune"

"Dierker''s prose is witty and easy-reading."--"Publishers Weekly"
"There's a richness to the language in This Ain't Brain Surgery that isn't typically found in a book with an ex-player's (or ex-manager's) name on the cover."--Rob Neyer, ESPN.com

"Needless to say, a book entitled "This Ain''t Brain Surgery" makes no pretence to scholarly profundity, but it is a witty, breezy, intelligent account of baseball as experienced by Larry Dierker." -- William M. Simons, "Journal of Sports History"
"It''s a book that. . . has reenforced everything I love and have always loved about baseball. Above all else, baseball is a game that inspires wonder and Dierker -- former player, broadcaster, and manager for the Houston Astros--Illuminates that nicely."
"[Dierker] has a healthy perspective about the game and his role in it, as reflected in the title of this literate, humorous, and entertaining memoir. As he recounts his tenure as manager, he splices in anecdotes from his playing days, effectively contrasting the life of the ballplayer in both eras."--"Booklist"

"[Larry Dierker] came to be known as one of the brightest and most engaging minds in baseball . . . and his book shows why. It''s an unvarnished insider''s view of what goes on within the game at many levels and a refreshingly honest exercise in self-discovery. . . . Dierker''s observations remain as fresh and as stimulating as they were when the book was first published in 2001."