The Pit Stop

September 22, 2009 10:09 PM

From Peanuts to the Pressbox book review:

Writers:  Eli Gold and M.B. Roberts
Publisher: Thomas Nelson(September 15, 2009)
ISBN-10: 1401604366
ISBN-13: 978-1401604363

If you are a major Eli Gold fan or a sports nut like I am check out his latest book "From Peanuts to the Pressbox."  It is a fun look at the life from long time Crimson Tide announcer, NASCAR, AFL, and other sports.

This is third book.  The other two are "Bear's Boys: Thirty-Six Men Whose Lives Were Changed by Coach Paul Bryant" and "Crimson Nation: The Shaping of the South's Most Dominant Football Team."

The book starts out with him and his years in school.  When he went to school, which was not much, he would bring along his radio to listen to games.  He would cough if a team scored a run.  

From them on the enjoyable read moves on to his years to his early years as an announcer for the Long Island Ducks which is a minor league hockey team, then onto college sports teams, NASCAR, and even the AFL.  Sometimes he would do broadcasting for a few sports in one week.  He said that he never missed a game, but came close.

Stories he gets into is the birth of his daughter where he wound up to use NASCAR's jet to get back home, the Dale Earnhardt Sr. death, a Hulk Hogan interview from the Daytona 500, some car wrecks, his time on TV, minor league hockey teams with horrible arenas, and the NASCAR Live! Radio show he does on Tuesday nights. Pictures are even included throughout the whole book that are a great addition.

I found all the stories enjoyable and just made me want to read more and more of the book.

He ends his book by saying "It's been a great, great ride. And lord willing, it's nowhere near over." I fully agree with him.  He is one of the best at what he does.

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