SOLD/St. Martin's Press
Master of the Silver Bat sports/memoir
Tony Gwynn and Barry Bloom
The late Tony Gwynn (who passed away in June 2014) was working on a memoir about his Hall of Fame career with MLB.com writer Barry Bloom at the time of his death. Master of the Silver Bat by Tony Gwynn and Barry Bloom talks candidly about Gwynn's time in baseball, including playing in the steroid era, his unusual friendship with Ted Williams and how that changed his approach at the plate, and his insight into the dysfunctional Padres, who traded away an All Star team’s worth of talent during Tony’s tenure there. He also talks about his love for the game that led him to return to his alma mater--San Diego State--as the coach of the baseball team after his playing career had ended, nurturing talents such as Stephen Strasburg. He also gave extensive interviews to Barry Bloom while he fought the cancer that claimed his life--cancer brought on from a lifetime of chewing tobacco. With stories about personalities like Bruce Bochy, Steve Garvey, Tim Flannery, Goose Gossage, Jake Peavy, Terry Kennedy, Trevor Hoffman, John Kruk, Tony’s brother Chris Gwynn, Jack McKeon, former Padres owner John Moores, former Padres presidents Ballard Smith and Dick Freeman among others, Master of the Silver Bat will be a special read for baseball fans who want to know more about this beloved figure who played the game the right way!
About Tony Gwynn
About Barry Bloom