Dick Bremer: Game Used: My Life in Stitches with the Minnesota Twins

Dick Bremer: Game Used: My Life in Stitches with the Minnesota Twins

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Overview

Dick Bremer’s distinctive baritone has served as the soundtrack of Minnesota Twins baseball for over three decades. Millions of fans have enjoyed Bremer’s observations, insight, and magical storytelling on television broadcasts. Now, in this striking memoir, the Minnesota native and lifelong Twins fan takes fans behind the mic, into the clubhouse, and beyond as only he can. Told through 108 unique anecdotes–one for each stitch in a baseball–Bremer weaves the tale of a lifetime, from childhood memories of the ballfield in remote Dumont, Minnesota, to his early radio days as the “Duke in the Dark,” to champagne soaked clubhouses in 1987 and 1991, and his encounters with Twins legends ranging from Calvin Griffith and Harmon Killebrew, to Kirby Puckett and Kent Hrbek, to Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau. Game Used gives fans a rare seat alongside Bremer and his broadcast partners, including Killebrew, Bert Blyleven, Jack Morris, Jim Kaat, Tom Kelly, and other Twins legends.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781629376974
Publisher: Triumph Books
Publication date: 03/17/2020
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 5,890
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Dick Bremer has been the lead television announcer for the Minnesota Twins since 1983. He has also called basketball, football, and hockey games for the University of Minnesota. Bremer was inducted into the Minnesota Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 2013. Jim Bruton is the author of several books, including A Tradition of Purple, Gopher Glory, We Love Our Twins, and The Big House. Jim is an adjunct faculty member at several colleges and universities in the Twin Cities.

Bert Blyleven spent 22 seasons pitching in the major leagues, 11 of them with the Minnesota Twins. He is currently a color commentator for the team alongside Dick Bremer. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2011.

Table of Contents

Foreword Bert Blyleven xiii

Introduction xv

First Inning

Stitch 1 Sainthood 1

Stitch 2 A Glass Act 4

Stitch 3 Green, Green Grass of Home 9

Stitch 4 Best in Class 11

Stitch 5 Riding the Storm Out 14

Stitch 6 Shame and Prejudice 16

Stitch 7 Getting Gassed 19

Stitch 8 Coming Home 20

Second Inning

Stitch 9 Sox Education 25

Stitch 10 The Duke Abides 27

Stitch 11 Oral Examination 29

Stitch 12 A Fore-Letter Word 31

Stitch 13 Laughing Gass 34

Stitch 14 Cop...a Plea 35

Stitch 15 A Minor Undertaking 38

Stitch 16 Billy Ball 40

Stitch 17 Pep Banned 41

Stitch 18 Homecoming 44

Third Inning

Stitch 19 Meeting the Met 47

Stitch 20 The Great Indoors 49

Stitch 21 Upon Further Review 51

Stitch 22 There's No Place Like Dome 53

Stitch 23 T. Rex 55

Stitch 24 A Wild Goose Chase 58

Stitch 25 Heyjude 60

Stitch 26 Hockey Nights in Minnesota 63

Stitch 27 XXXtra Innings 66

Stitch 28 Opening Day 69

Stitch 29 Sink or Swim 71

Stitch 30 Homer Odysseys 74

Stitch 31 The Great One 75

Stitch 32 On Hallowed Ground 78

Stitch 33 Thanks for the Memory 81

Fourth Inning

Stitch 34 Foreshadowing 85

Stitch 35 End of the Spectrum 88

Stitch 36 A Scavenger Hunts 91

Stitch 37 Starting Over 94

Stitch 38 Back in the Game 97

Stitch 39 Pennant Fever 100

Stitch 40 A Texas Toast 103

Stitch 41 Fan Appreciation 105

Stitch 42 Taming the Tigers 107

Stitch 43 Hit the Road, jack 109

Stitch 44 Hanky Panky 112

Stitch 45 Double Dating 115

Stitch 46 Dome Magic 117

Stitch 47 Minnesota Twins, World Champions! 120

Fifth Inning

Stitch 48 Zebra Muscles 125

Stitch 49 Stairway to Heaven 129

Stitch 50 A Long Stop for a Shortstop 131

Stitch 51 The Puck Stopped Here 133

Stitch 52 Lunches with Calvin 136

Stitch 53 One Wedding and a Funeral 138

Stitch 54 Drive Time '91 141

Stitch 55 Aisle Say-So 144

Stitch 56 The Honeymooners 146

Stitch 57 Margaritaville 148

Stitch 58 "And We'll See You Tomorrow Night!" 150

Stitch 59 The Greatest Game Ever Played 153

Sixth Inning

Stitch 60 Hail to the Chief 159

Stitch 61 Living Out a Fantasy 161

Stitch 62 The Splendid Splinter 165

Stitch 63 New York Nightmare 167

Stitch 64 Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow? 169

Stitch 65 Partners in Time 172

Stitch 66 Taped Delay 175

Stitch 67 A Real Father's Day 178

Stitch 68 Big Bert 181

Stitch 69 The Money Clip 184

Stitch 70 A Knight-mare 186

Stitch 71 Behind the Eight Ball 188

Stitch 72 Heeding the Calls 190

Stitch 73 Tied in Knots 193

Seventh Inning

Stitch 74 A Dirty Joke 197

Stitch 75 Stormy Weather 199

Stitch 76 Crystal Ball 202

Stitch 77 Taxi Driver 204

Stitch 78 An Awful Off-Day 206

Stitch 79- Double Play-by-Plays 208

Stitch 80 Hammer and Eggs 211

Stitch 81 9/11 213

Stitch 82 The Game Must Go On 215

Stitch 83 Addition by Contraction 217

Stitch 84 Circle Me Bert 221

Stitch 85 A Bronx Tale 223

Stitch 86 Strike One 226

Stitch 87 A Costly Victory 229

Stitch 88 Turning Another Cheek 232

Eighth Inning

Stitch 89 March Sadness 235

Stitch 90 A Star Is Mourned 237

Stitch 91 Roof or Consequences 239

Stitch 92 Mother Knows Best 240

Stitch 93 A New York Minute 243

Stitch 94 A Frantic Finish 245

Stitch 95 Vengeance Was Mine 248

Stitch 96 Collapse 251

Stitch 97 The Worms Had Turned 253

Stitch 98 September to Remember 256

Stitch 99 A Grand Finale 259

Ninth Inning

Stitch 100 No Time to Bleed 263

Stitch 101 On Target 265

Stitch 102 The Hall Calls 269

Stitch 103 A Farewell to Harm 271

Stitch 104 Thunder but No Blunder 273

Stitch 105 Strike Two 275

Stitch 106 Marney's Great Adventure 278

Stitch 107 A Mauer Play 280

Stitch 108 Bombastic 283

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