Where Nobody Knows Your Name - John Feinstein

Where Nobody Knows Your Name

By John Feinstein

  • Release Date: 2014-02-25
  • Genre: Baseball
Score: 4
From 182 Ratings


From the acclaimed #1 bestselling author . . . a riveting journey through the world of minor-league baseball

“No one grows up playing baseball pretending that they’re pitching or hitting in Triple-A.” —Chris Schwinden, Triple-A pitcher

“If you don’t like it here, do a better job.” —Ron Johnson, Triple-A manager

John Feinstein gave readers an unprecedented view of the PGA Tour in A Good Walk Spoiled. He opened the door to an NCAA basketball locker room in his explosive bestseller A Season on the Brink. Now, turning his eye to our national pastime, sports journalist John Feinstein explores the colorful and mysterious world of minor-league baseball—a gateway through which all major-league players pass in their careers . . . hoping never to return.
     Baseball’s minor leagues are a paradox. For some players, the minors are a glorious launching pad toward years of fame and fortune; for others, a crash-landing pad when injury or poor play forces a big leaguer back to a life of obscure ballparks and cramped buses instead of Fenway Park and plush charter planes. Focusing exclusively on the Triple-A level, one step beneath Major League Baseball, Feinstein introduces readers to nine unique men: three pitchers, three position players, two managers, and an umpire. Through their compelling stories, Feinstein pulls back the veil on a league that is chock-full of gifted baseball players, managers, and umpires who are all one moment away from getting called up—or back—to the majors.
     The stories are hard to believe: a first-round draft pick and pitching ace who rocketed to major-league success before finding himself suddenly out of the game, hatching a presumptuous plan to get one more shot at the mound; a home run–hitting former World Series hero who lived the dream, then bounced among six teams before facing the prospects of an unceremonious end to his career; a big-league All-Star who, in the span of five months, went from being completely out of baseball to becoming a star in the ALDS, then signing a $10 million contract; and a well-liked designated hitter who toiled for eighteen seasons in the minors—a record he never wanted to set—before facing his final, highly emotional chance for a call-up to the big leagues.
     From Raleigh to Pawtucket, from Lehigh Valley to Indianapolis and beyond, Where Nobody Knows Your Name gives readers an intimate look at a baseball world not normally seen by the fans. John Feinstein gets to the heart of the human stories in a uniquely compelling way, crafting a masterful book that stands alongside his very best works.


  • Amazing

    By Reapersixx
    The best baseball book I have ever read. Any sports fan, not just baseball, will love his book. Feinstein has another gem on his hands with this book.
  • Crap

    By afostereps
    Well written but very disappointing What snout more of describing the long bus rides, the motels, and the bad food? Argh. Could've been a great book ... But isn't!
  • Good book

    By XuMittens
    Good book. It was hard at times to follow the characters/players because there are so many. Excellent writing and good story lines make this a 4star read.
  • Outstandin

    By DR9127
    A great book that takes you to the world baseball that most of us are not familiar.
  • Where Nobody Knows Your Name

    By Hartsterman
    I have always enjoyed Mr. Feinstein's in depth writing, and detail he puts into all of his work. This one is no exception, as it grabs the reader right with the first few pages, and immerses you into the world of triple A baseball, where nobody knows your name. It is a wonderful journey and you immediately identify with the nine main characters he profiles, as they could be any one of us. Whether it be baseball, golf, football, or any other sport, or even getting to the top of ones chosen career, we all are trying to get to the major league. Thanks for giving us such a great look into life and struggles in this great sport.