Center Field on Fire
Center Field on Fire

Center Field on Fire

An Umpire's Life with Pine tar Bats, Spitballs, and Corked Personalities
By Dave Phillips, By Rob Rains, Foreword by Bob Costas


224 Pages, 5.5 x 8.5

Formats: EPUB, Mobipocket

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ISBN 9781623681395

Rights: WOR

Triumph Books (Apr 2004)


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Former MLB umpire Dave Phillips was at the center of some of baseball's most unforgettable moments—Comiskey's infamous Disco Demolition Night, Gaylord Perry's spitball ejection, Albert Belle's confiscated corked bat and George Brett's pine tar bat debacle—and he shares with baseball fans the untold stories behind those incidents and many others, giving baseball fans a complete perspective on the life of an umpire.

Author Biography

Dave Phillips retired in 2003 after working as a major-league umpire for 32 years. During his career he worked some of the most memorable games in history and was involved in numerous run-ins with Earl Weaver, Billy Martin, Lou Piniella and more. He worked four World Series, six League Championship Series, three division series and two All-Star games. He lives in St. Charles, Mo. Rob Rains is the author of 20 books, many on the St. Louis Cardinals. He has written the autobiographies of Ozzie Smith, Jack Buck and Red Schoendienst and a biography of Mark McGwire. He is a freelance writer living in St. Louis.