I'm Keith Hernandez: A Memoir

By Keith Hernandez
Read by Keith Hernandez

9.78 Hours 05/15/2018 unabridged
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Legendary first baseman Keith Hernandez tells all in this gripping and literary memoir. Keith Hernandez revolutionized the role of first baseman. During his illustrious career with the World Series-winning St. Louis Cardinals and New York Mets, he was a perennial fan favorite, earning eleven consecutive Gold Gloves, a National League co-MVP Award, and a batting title. But it was his unique blend of intelligence, humor, and talent—not to mention his unflappable leadership, playful antics, and competitive temperament—that transcended the sport and propelled him to a level of renown that few other athletes have achieved, including his memorable appearances on the television show Seinfeld. Now, with a striking mix of candor and self-reflection, Hernandez takes us along on his journey to baseball immortality. There are the hellacious bus rides and south-of-the-border escapades of his minor league years. His major league benchings, unending plate adjustments, and role in one of the most exciting batting races in history against Pete Rose. Indeed, from the Little League fields of Northern California to the dusty proving grounds of triple-A ball to the grand stages of Busch Stadium and beyond, I’m Keith Hernandez reveals as much about America’s favorite pastime as it does about the man himself. What emerges is an honest and compelling assessment of the game’s past, present, and future—a memoir that showcases one of baseball’s most unique and experienced minds at his very best.

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Summary

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New York Times bestseller

A New York Times Pick for Best Sports Summer Reading

A #1 Amazon.com bestseller in baseball biographies

Legendary first baseman Keith Hernandez tells all in this gripping and literary memoir.

Keith Hernandez revolutionized the role of first baseman. During his illustrious career with the World Series-winning St. Louis Cardinals and New York Mets, he was a perennial fan favorite, earning eleven consecutive Gold Gloves, a National League co-MVP Award, and a batting title. But it was his unique blend of intelligence, humor, and talent—not to mention his unflappable leadership, playful antics, and competitive temperament—that transcended the sport and propelled him to a level of renown that few other athletes have achieved, including his memorable appearances on the television show Seinfeld.

Now, with a striking mix of candor and self-reflection, Hernandez takes us along on his journey to baseball immortality. There are the hellacious bus rides and south-of-the-border escapades of his minor league years. His major league benchings, unending plate adjustments, and role in one of the most exciting batting races in history against Pete Rose. Indeed, from the Little League fields of Northern California to the dusty proving grounds of triple-A ball to the grand stages of Busch Stadium and beyond, I’m Keith Hernandez reveals as much about America’s favorite pastime as it does about the man himself.

What emerges is an honest and compelling assessment of the game’s past, present, and future—a memoir that showcases one of baseball’s most unique and experienced minds at his very best.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“As a longtime baseball fan, I appreciated learning about the evolution of one of my favorite ball players…Even when he is writing about his slumps, his book is a hit.” Gay Talese, New York Times bestselling author
“Poignant and unexpectedly literary.” Sports Illustrated
“An impressionistic account of his baseball boyhood, a kind of ‘Remembrance of At-Bats Past’…I’m Keith Hernandez is by turns crusty and soft…He can be unapologetically cranky…But he cuts the crustiness with a surprising soft side.” New York Times Book Review
“Even at sixty-four, Hernandez has maintained the coolness quotient that made him a star in New York more than thirty years ago.” Newsday
“Focuses less on his glory days in the game than on times he struggled, especially when he was young and trying to adjust to big-league pressure, big-league pitching, and the stresses of playing every day.” NPR
“[A] romp through his life before, during, and after baseball. Except there is no life after baseball.” George F. Will, Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist

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Author

Author Bio: Keith Hernandez

Keith Hernandez is a former Major League Baseball player who was the starting first baseman on World Series championship teams with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1982 and the New York Mets in 1986. Currently a baseball analyst working on Mets telecasts for SportsNet New York and WPIX since 2006, he has gained a cult following from his broadcasting career.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
Runtime: 9.78
Audience: Adult
Language: English