Former baseball commissioner Fay Vincent is about to release the second volume of his book featuring lengthy and revealing interviews with baseball old timers.
"We Would Have Played for Nothing" is the second volume of oral histories compiled into a book by former Major League Baseball Commissioner Fay Vincent., following up on "The Only Game in Town."
Perhaps channeling Lawrence Ritter, author of the acclaimed "the Glory of Their Times", Vincent has said he wanted to preserve the stories of as many of baseball's long-retired players as possible. Some, in fact, have died since Vincent conducted the four-hour interviews that led to the book. Each participant was paid $3,000 for the interview.
Included in the book are interviews with players from the 1950s and '60s including Whitey Ford, Duke Snider, the late Bill Rigney, Robin Roberts, the late Lew Burdette, Harmon Killebrew, Brooks Robinson, Frank Robinson. Ralph Branca and Billy Williams.
The Palm Beach Post reviewer thinks it's worth the price. Vincent is donating his portion of the proceeds to the Baseball Hall of Fame.