Red Barber: The Life and Legacy of a Broadcasting Legend

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University of Nebraska Press
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6.4 X 9.18 X 1.7 inches | 2.0 pounds

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About the Author
Judith R. Hiltner is professor emeritus of literature and languages at Saint Xavier University and the author of books and articles on American literature and culture, including critical and biographical studies of Herman Melville, Philip Freneau, and Deborah Sampson. James R. Walker is professor emeritus of communication at Saint Xavier University and a past executive director of the International Association of Communication and Sport. He is the author of several books, including Crack of the Bat: A History of Baseball on the Radio (Nebraska, 2015), and is the coauthor of Center Field Shot: A History of Baseball on Television (Nebraska, 2008).
"Red Barber is one of the greatest and most influential baseball broadcasters ever to occupy the 'catbird seat, ' as the 'Ol' Redhead' called it. From Jackie Robinson's debut to Bobby Thomson's Shot Heard 'Round the World. From Brooklyn's beloved 'Bums' to the Mantle/Maris Yankees, to mentoring a young Vin Scully, Barber's life and career are an important part of baseball history and the history of the craft he mastered. This complete and carefully researched biography is both merited and most welcome."--Bob Costas, twenty-nine-time Emmy Award-winning broadcaster and 2018 Ford C. Frick Award honoree
"Red Barber was the lilting voice of the Reds, the Dodgers, the Yankees, and National Public Radio. But more than that, he was the conscience of baseball, a man who believed in the power of broadcast for the good of the game and its listeners. Red was perched in the catbird seat while big-league baseball grew in ways he could barely have imagined; he grew with it, as an announcer and as an American. With Red Barber: The Life and Legacy of a Broadcasting Legend, the authors have given this complicated, important figure the biography he deserves."--John Thorn, official historian, Major League Baseball
"At last a full biography of a legendary sports broadcasting pioneer. Red Barber balanced responsible reporting with charming entertainment. Judith Hiltner and James Walker explain how the Old Redhead retained his personal integrity in a field where baseball, broadcasting, and sponsors want total control."--Bob Edwards, author of Fridays with Red: A Radio Friendship
"Red Barber's voice was my lullaby. He sang me to sleep from the catbird seat, his honeyed literacy suffusing my dreams and forming the bedrock of my writing life in baseball. When I stupidly sent him my raunchy, fictional love letter to the game, hoping he would embrace it, it showed just how little I knew about this complex and courtly gentleman, the seminal voice of baseball broadcasting. Now, thanks to Judith Hiltner and James Walker, Walter Lanier 'Red' Barber has belatedly received the serious and definitive biography he deserves."--Jane Leavy author of The Big Fella: Babe Ruth and the World He Created
"A compelling portrait of a sportscaster endowed with a rare breadth of social and psychological understanding."--Booklist, starred review-- (3/15/2022 12:00:00 AM)