Next Sunday is Father's Day, and chances are if your father likes baseball, he would like a book that just came out called, "And Bowa Said to Schmidt" - The Greatest Phillies Stories Ever Told. If you read the www.fightinphillies.com blog regularly, you know we love great stories about the Phils.
A lot of stories have been told about the Phillies in the past couple years, after many years when there wasn't many books around about the Phillies. This is one of those Phillies books that you want to keep around and relive some of the memories that sometimes start to die out as players die, people move on, and the team changes.
The book starts off with some stories about the Whiz kids, and if you're not that old to remember the teams of the Phillies from the beginning and through the 1950's, this book will take you back to a simpler time in baseball but no less a time where there were some great memories being made.
Stories about Shibe Park, Robin Roberts, and the players that made the 1950's Philadelphia baseball scene an unforgettable time for many fans that still watch the Phillies today.
You can't get enough of the Richie Ashburn stories, and this book carries them on quite nicely.
The author is Robert Gordon, he's from the Philadelphia area, so you know he can tell these stories well, because he's lived through a lot of them, and did a great job on researching the rest.
So this Father's Day, or just for a nice summer read, buy yourself or a loved one this book, I think it will make your summer just a little bit nicer because of it.