"A Catcher's Story" is the rather bland autobiography of Jim Hibbs, a former longtime minor league baseball player.
Hibbs traces his days playing amateur ball in Southern California to Stanford University to the professional leagues.
This isn't a story about adversity and overcoming some personal tragedy. Indeed, Hibbs isn't an altogether interesting personality.
We learn virtually nothing about his personal life and habits and what forces drove him to want to pursue a professional baseball career.
Although a star at Stanford University, the glory days end there. After college, he spends about a decade playing in minor league outposts, sometimes at the Triple A level, but he's never quite good enough to stick it with a Major League team for any great length of time.
Hibbs drops a lot of familiar baseball names into the book.
Some of his minor league managers included Tommy LaSorda, Whitey Lockman and Rocky Bridges.
He played with or against some big stars too, including Willie Mays, Ferguson Jenkins and Ernie Banks.
He describes a collision he had at home plate with Pete Rose, a play he felt was a cheap play on the part of Charlie Hustle.
Hibbs makes it clear that Rose, who was suspended from baseball for gambling, should never be allowed into the Hall of Fame.
He takes a few mild swings at some other people and tells some stories - none altogether interesting - about his playing days. For the most part, it's an upbeat story about a ballplayer, who looks back fondly on his professional career that ended some 40 years ago.
Hibbs writing style is awkward, and the book could have been much better edited.
Still, it was for the most part an easy read, and baseball fans might find it appealing.
I'm not quite sure who else would find much reason to read the book, however.
Reuther is the business and health reporter at the Sun-Gazette.