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Swing and a Hit: Nine Innings of What Baseball Taught Me

Swing and a Hit: Nine Innings of What Baseball Taught Me

by Paul O'Neill, Jack Curry
Swing and a Hit: Nine Innings of What Baseball Taught Me

Swing and a Hit: Nine Innings of What Baseball Taught Me

by Paul O'Neill, Jack Curry


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The fun and fiery memoir of All Star Yankee and five-time World Champion, Paul O’Neill.

In SWING AND A HIT, O’Neill elaborates on his most important hitting principles, lessons, and memories—exploring those elements across ten chapters (to align with the nine innings of a baseball game and one extra inning). Here, O’Neill, with his intense temperament, describes what he did as a hitter, how he adjusted to pitchers, how he boosted his confidence, how he battled with umpires (and water coolers), and what advice he would give to current hitters.
O’Neill has always been a tough out at the plate. Recalling how he started to swing at bat as a two-year-old and kept swinging it professionally until he was thirty-eight, O’Neill provides constant insights into the beauty and frustration of playing baseball. The legendary Ted Williams said using a round bat to hit a round ball is the most difficult thing to do in sports. Naturally, O’Neill, who once received a surprise call from Williams that was filled with hitting advice, agrees.
SWING AND A HIT features O’Neill’s most thoughtful revelations and offers clubhouse stories from some of the biggest names in Major League Baseball—hitters, managers, and teammates like Joe Torre, Derek Jeter, Don Mattingly, Pete Rose, and Bernie Williams.
Remember, O’Neill, ever the perfectionist, was the type of hitter who believed that pitchers didn’t ever get him out. For that incredible reason and so many others, SWING AND A HIT is essential reading for any baseball fan.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781538709610
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 05/24/2022
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 7,355
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Paul Andrew O’Neill played seventeen seasons in the major leagues. He played for the Cincinnati Reds (1985–1992) and the New York Yankees (1993–2001). O’Neill accumulated 281 home runs, 1,269 runs batted in, 2,107 hits, and a lifetime batting average of .288. He won the American League batting title in 1994 with a .359 average. He was a five-time World Series champion and a five-time all-star. After retiring from playing baseball, O’Neill became a broadcaster for the Yankees on the YES Network. He currently works on the network as a game analyst.
Jack Curry is an award-winning sports journalist who is an analyst on the Yankees’ pregame and postgame shows on the YES Network, where he has worked since 2010. He has won five New York Emmy Awards. Before joining YES, he covered baseball for twenty seasons at TheNew York Times, first as a Yankees’ beat writer and then as a national baseball correspondent. Curry is also the coauthor of two New York Times bestsellers: Full Count: The Education of a Pitcher with David Cone and The Life You Imagine with Derek Jeter. He currently lives in New Jersey.


Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Breaking into the Majors with Pete Rose, the Hit King 1

Chapter 2 Taking Swings with Sweet Lou 25

Chapter 3 Playing with Two Icons: Donnie and Derek 45

Chapter 4 I Was Never as Zen as Bernie Williams 73

Chapter 5 I Like Homers, but I Like DJ LeMahieu More 95

Chapter 6 Facing Randy Johnson-Wish Me Luck 121

Chapter 7 Ted Talks: Talking Hitting with Ted Williams 143

Chapter 8 Truths from Torre 159

Chapter 9 A Final Bronx Tale 197

Chapter 10 Extra Innings 221

Acknowledgments 243

Index 249

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