Today's recommended read: 'We Would Have Played For Nothing' by Faye Vincent

  • Baseball fans can get out their old baseball cards and dive into "We Would Have Played For Nothing," Faye Vincent's interviews with stars of the 1950s and '60s.

      Baseball fans can get out their old baseball cards and dive into "We Would Have Played For Nothing," Faye Vincent's interviews with stars of the 1950s and '60s. Neil Holdway | Staff Photographer

  • "We Would Have Played For Nothing" by Faye Vincent

    "We Would Have Played For Nothing" by Faye Vincent

 
 
Posted3/26/2020 6:00 AM

You're a baseball fan, you must stay at home and there's no baseball on TV. Now's a good time to go behind the scenes of the major leagues decades ago with Faye Vincent's "We Would Have Played For Nothing."

Vincent, the former Major League Baseball commissioner, interviews 11 ballplayers from the 1950s and '60s, including huge names such as Whitey Ford, Harmon Killebrew, Brooks Robinson and Frank Robinson. He also talks to one infamous name: Ralph Branca, the Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher who gave up "The Shot Heard 'Round the World" in 1951 -- Bobby Thomson's home run that let "the Giants win the pennant! The Giants win the pennant!"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Before and after you can read several stories about playing with Jackie Robinson, who all agreed was a fierce competitor and a courageous gentleman. You'll read about players each year having to negotiate their own contracts -- which were largely dictated by the teams, even Frank Robinson's.

And finally, you'll get to Cubs legend Billy Williams, whose father helped get him signed to play pro ball so he could get him out of the house. The son got $1,500. The interesting details are endless, and now you have time for them.

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