• As They See ‘Em: A Fan’s Travels In The Land Of Umpires

    Posted by on March 29th, 2009 · Comments (2)

    Presently, I am reading “As They See ‘Em: A Fan’s Travels in the Land of Umpires” by Bruce Weber. And, while I’m not done with it yet, I’ve read enough of it to share a review.

    If you’re looking for the all-time panoptic book on umpires and what they do, “As They See ‘Em” is the one that you want to read. With this book, Weber thoroughly researched the topic. And, yet, “As They See ‘Em” doesn’t read like an encyclopedia as Weber presents his facts, stories and opinion in a very entertaining manner. If you’re looking to build the “must have” baseball library, you’ll want to have “As They See ‘Em” as part of your collection.

    I’ve read books by umpires such as Durwood Merrill and Ron Luciano and they did provide some insight on their craft. However, they don’t come close to painting the picture that Weber does with his book. I’ve been a baseball fan since 1973. And, I played the game, albeit as a amateur, when I was young. As such, I had some knowledge and opinions about umpiring, the demands therein, the history and evolution of the vocation, and how umpires have been perceived and treated. And, yet, I found “As They See ‘Em” to be very illuminating.

    This all said, I don’t need to wait until I’m done with “As They See ‘Em: A Fan’s Travels in the Land of Umpires” to offer this review – and share that I highly recommend this book.

    Comments on As They See ‘Em: A Fan’s Travels In The Land Of Umpires

    1. Ben M.
      March 29th, 2009 | 10:39 pm

      Hi Steve,

      Thought you might be interested… Bruce Weber was recently interviewed on WNYC radio, on the Leonard Lopate show. You can listen or download it here:


      A lot of authors on all subjects appear on Leonard’s show as they make the rounds, and off the top of my head I can remember listening to Mel Stottlemyre, Dave Winfield, Gary Sheffield, Tim McCarver, Ed Lynch, etc. (Leonard is a baseball fan).

      Thanks for all the posts, I look forward to each one as we get ready for 2009!


      — Ben

    2. March 29th, 2009 | 10:46 pm

      Thanks Ben!

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