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Planet of the Umps: A Baseball Life from Behind the Plate

2 Ratings: 4.0
A book by Ken Kaiser

This very funny memoir offers a hilarious look into life behind the plates by the man who was voted the most colorful umpire in the American League in a 1986 Sporting News poll. After 36 years as a professional umpire, with 23 seasons spent in the major … see full wiki

Author: Ken Kaiser
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
2 reviews about Planet of the Umps: A Baseball Life from...
review by . September 29, 2008
Classic baseball autobiography by an umpire who served 13 years in the minors before a 23-year major league run that ended abruptly with the 2002 umpire lockout/strike/resignations that ended badly for some, including Kaiser.    Funny, fast-moving and full of stories, within the genre this is a classic. Kaiser was a high-school graduate (barely--as he said "I didn't know the meaning of the word intimidation. Of course, I didn't know the meaning of a lot of other words either.") …
review by . February 27, 2010
There are some points in this book where I laughed so hard I had tears in my eyes. While you may think that baseball managers and umpires are truly having an argument, there are times when it a choreographed bit of pure entertainment. Baseball has always been different from other sports in that arguing vehemently with umpires is considered an essential part of managing and coaching.    Ken Kaiser was an umpire in professional baseball for thirty-six years, starting in the lowest of the …
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