Owning a Piece of the Minors

Owning a Piece of the Minors

Owning a Piece of the Minors

Owning a Piece of the Minors

Synopsis

Owning a Piece of the Minors is by and about a man who lived his dream and acquired a baseball team. When Jerry Klinkowitz joined the group that ran the Waterloo, Iowa, Diamonds in the 1970s, ownership of a minor league baseball franchise conferred little mystique. Neglected for a half century, minor league baseball was at best obscure. Yet in the purchase of fantasy, what difference if your desire is out of style? Klinkowitz continued his work with the Diamonds through the 1980s and much of the 1990s. In Owning a Piece of the Minors, he maps out his personal journey through baseball and probes his fluctuating fortunes and those of his team as he evolves from a fan to a team executive and, most important to a writer writing about baseball.

Excerpt

There is an old adage that says, "You never forget your first girl, or guy." Or as Steve Goodman, the late Chicago songwriter, put it so eloquently, "You should have seen the one that got away." the same is true with your first ball club. It's an affair that begins with star-crossed love, very little logic, foolish dreams, and unrealistic expectations. Your skepticism is overcome by the irrepressible joys of childhood. You have become one of the inner sanctum, one of those select, blessed few who is allowed to run a baseball team. It is like releasing a horde of children in fao Schwarz. You are the steward of your very own board game, the king of Stratomatic. Like Coover's hero in The Universal Baseball Association, Inc., J. Henry Waugh Prop., you become your club. Baseball cards become animate, oral historians who star in your personal movie. the biographical information on the back becomes part of a chain that links you eternally with past and future statistics of the greatest game in the world.

The beauty of Owning a Piece of the Minors is that it supports the hypothesis that life is not a novel. Rather, it is a series of vignettes, novellas if you will, strung together by the joys and the anguish, the expectations and the harsh realities, and finally the bottom of the ninth. You grow bit by bit in the life-sustaining . . .

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