In addition to his “solo career,” such as one of my favorites, Cult Baseball Players: The Greats, the Flakes, the Weird and the Wonderful, Danny Peary knows how to work nice with other people. He’s served as co-author on memoirs such as Ralph Kiner’s Baseball Forever: Reflections on 60 Years in the Game as well as an overview of the sport on Tim McCarver’s Baseball for Brain Surgeons and Other Fans.
Peary also teamed up with Tom Clavin on biographies about almost-forgotten stars of the game in Roger Maris: Baseball’s Reluctant Hero and Gil Hodges: The Brooklyn Bums, the Miracle Mets, and the Extraordinary Life of a Baseball Legend. (I spoke with Peary when the Maris book launched in 2010.)
But it’s another thing to have thousands of collaborators. That’s one way to describe Peary’s newest release, Baseball Immortal: Derek Jeter: A Career in Quotes.
In a sense the Jeter book is like a Reader’s Digest offering, which I definitely do not mean in a bad way: You get all the highlights without having to go through the entire stories. Or maybe it’s more like reading the salutations in a high school yearbook. Whichever, we discussed the challenges of putting such a project together as well as the possibility for future volumes along the same lines.