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The incredible memoir from the man voted one of the “Best Umpires of All Time” by the Society of American Baseball Research—filled with more than three decades of fascinating baseball stories.Doug Harvey was a California farm boy, a high school athlete who nevertheless knew that what he really wanted was to become an unsung hero—a major league umpire. Working his way throuThe incredible memoir from the man voted one of the “Best Umpires of All Time” by the Society of American Baseball Research—filled with more than three decades of fascinating baseball stories.Doug Harvey was a California farm boy, a high school athlete who nevertheless knew that what he really wanted was to become an unsung hero—a major league umpire. Working his way through the minor leagues, earning three hundred dollars a month, he survived just about everything, even riots in stadiums in Puerto Rico. And while players and other umps hit the bars at night, Harvey memorized the rule book. In 1962, he broke into the big leagues and was soon listening to rookie Pete Rose worrying that he would be cut by the Reds and laying down the law with managers such as Tommy Lasorda and Joe Torre.This colorful memoir takes you behind the plate for some of baseball’s most memorable moments, including Roberto Clemente’s three thousandth and final hit; the heroic three-and-two pinch-hit home run by Kirk Gibson in the ’88 World Series; and the nail-biting excitement of the ’68 World Series. But beyond the drama, Harvey turned umpiring into an art. He was a man so respected, whose calls were so feared and infallible, that the players called him “God.” And through it all, he lived by three rules: never take anything from a player, never back down from a call, and never carry a grudge.A book for anyone who loves baseball, They Called Me God is a funny and fascinating tale of on- and off-the-field action, peopled by unforgettable characters from Bob Gibson to Nolan Ryan, and a treatise on good umpiring techniques. In a memoir that transcends the sport, Doug Harvey tells a gripping story of responsibility, fairness, and honesty....

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They Called Me God: The Best Umpire Who Ever Lived Reviews

  • Greg
    2019-03-01 23:31

    As the title might suggest, this Hall of Fame umpire’s account of his career in the big leagues is wholly devoid of even trace amounts of humility. It’s little more than a self-serving defence - of the controversial calls he made (surprise! he was never wrong), and of the way he called the game (there’s never been a better ump before or since). He also pronounces judgment on some of the players and managers of his time: if you were a polite supplicant at the altar of Harvey who never questioned a thing he did, then you were A-OK. But if you had the temerity to take issue with the man or his calls? Well pity on your soul. Much of it is just petty. Do we really need to know which of his colleagues had drinking problems? Do I understand Joe Dimaggio better by knowing that he farted on the bench? There are some interesting anecdotes here but they’re not worth the trouble. In the end I found myself wishing that that Bob Gibson pitch had cost this pompous blowhard more than two teeth.

  • P.e. lolo
    2019-03-15 19:36

    This book is about Doug Harvey and him becoming a major league umpire. The first part of the book is about his early life growing up in the San Diego area and Los Angles, and the sports he played through high school and shortly in college until he broke his leg. He then goes into how he got into umpiring and the men who helped him along the way. You get a look at his life as a minor league umpire and all of the travel he had to do. All of it at his own expense and that was not easy during the late 50s and early 60s. Once he gets to the major leagues he talks about how even for him the speed of the game and how he had to look at the game. He talks about the run ins he had in the minor and major leagues and how he handled each and how there were certain mangers that no matter what you did they were going to argue with you. He also tells about some of the games players and moments that he was able to be part of. Like Gibson hitting that homerun in the ninth inning for the Dodgers. That is just one they were so many others in the book. A good book from a different side I am always reading about the player or manger. This is the first time I read anything by or about an umpire and it was a good book. I got this book from net galley.

  • Ted Lehmann
    2019-03-16 00:46

    They Called Me God: The Best Umpire Who Ever Lived by Doug Harvey with Peter Golenbock (Gallery Books: Simon & Schuster, 2014, 288 pages, $27.00) is a very episodic collection of sometimes quite interesting tales of baseball which would frequently benefit from the help of quality co- (read ghost) writing superior to that provided by Peter Golenbock, although, if Harvey is to be taken at his word, he's not a man to be argued with or to negotiate on an even playing field. Harvey, who was active as a major league umpire from 1962 – 1992, has been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, and been voted the second best umpire, behind Bill Klem, of all time. The book is filled with Harvey's assessment of ball players, managers, and fellow umpires based largely on their deportment on and off the field as well as the degree to which they easily bent themselves to his enormous will and sense of himself. Players and managers who learned not to argue or to do so according to Harvey's set of rules come off looking pretty good, while those who gave him a great deal of difficulty are hammered. Similarly, umpires who bent to his or agreed with his standards for umpiring come across as being good officials, although none but a couple of his mentors ever measure up to him. Harvey's egotism and his sense of his own correctness dominate the book. He frequently asserts his fairness and his willingness not to carry grudges, while his stories emphasize the cost to players, managers, and the game of his propensity to get even. I'm unsure whether these marked contrasts represent his lack of self-awareness or the depth of his hypocrisy.Doug Harvey grew up in the poverty of the Imperial Valley of California during the great depression. His father worked hard to maintain a hard-scrabble existence. Young Doug often went with him as he umpired amateur and minor league games, while excelling in athletics himself. He was sometimes asked to serve as an umpire, earning small amounts of money doing so. He attended college on an athletic scholarship, but was unable to finish due to an injury and early, doomed marriage. He always worked hard, and, with increasing frequency umpired baseball and refereed basketball, at the college and minor league level, eventually rising to higher levels as his first marriage dissolved. Eventually, he rose to the major leagues after several years umpiring in Mexico and Puerto Rico as well as the AAA California League league. He became a major league umpire in 1962, jumping over several senior hopefuls as one of the last umpires not to attend umpire school. Read the rest of this review on my blog. If you decide to order it, please use the Amazon portal found there.

  • Charles M.
    2019-03-11 21:47

    Perhaps the worst book I have read this year. HOFer Doug Harvey recalls his career as an MLB umpire; using bullying and intimidation tactics to control games. He also uses just about every profanity in the the book to retell his best moments and favorite baseball personalities. Not a worthy book from an individual; who claims he has been humbled by throat cancer.

  • Jamie
    2019-03-16 22:20

    Good stuff...Will have a review on

  • Nick
    2019-03-19 23:24

    It's nearing baseball season and I always try to read a few baseball books during the spring. I saw this one brand new at the store and had to check it out. I enjoyed the stories from the diamond from Doug Harvey and life behind the scenes as a Major League umpire, but I felt something was missing from the book. I'm not really sure what it was though. If you're looking for on-field stories and memories then this is a great book and a really easy read.

  • Rob Masse
    2019-03-02 17:29

    Doug Harvey came up through baseball on a very difficult and strange road. His goal was to be known as the best umpire in Major League Baseball and then be better than that. His journey gave him a field level view to some of the greatest games, players and moments that baseball has ever seen. Then he pulls the curtain back and lets the reader into the protected world of the umpire. If you love the game of baseball regardless if you are a player, coach umpire or fan you want to read this book.

  • Charles Lovelace, III
    2019-03-02 23:32

    Good book with all sorts of humorous stories about players and managers, especially the one where one manager came out to argue for a play to go against him. Read the book to discover which one.

  • Ken Kandel
    2019-03-14 17:33

    For a baseball fan who grew up in the 60's and 70's great recollections of the ballplayers,Managers and umpires of the day. Fast read and extremely enjoyable.

  • Paul Pessolano
    2019-03-18 22:43

    “They Called Me God” by Doug Harvey and Peter Golenbock, published by Gallery Books.Category – Baseball/Memoir Publication Date – March 25, 2014.“Kill the Umpire”, “He’s A Bum”, and other expletives have been shouted at baseball umpires since the first pitch. Doug Harvey was an umpire for thirty-one years and umpired 4,673 games.This is the story of how he became an umpire and the things, good and bad, that happened to him during his National League career.It was not an easy road to the big leagues but Harvey broke some barriers on his way up. He was so good that he never attended Umpire School (unheard of today) and skipped several classes of minor league ball on his way to the Majors.Harvey tells of his life on the road, both in minor league and major league ball, the amount of days spent away from home and the drinking and eating problems that major league umpires are faced with. He also, now that he has cancer, goes around telling young people of the dangers of chewing tobacco.He makes no bones about who he liked and did not like in baseball, both players and managers, and why! He also explains his method of umpiring which earned him the respect of the baseball community and was helpful in getting him into the Baseball Hall of Fame, a place that is home to very few umpires.A very easy, fast, and entertaining read, a must for all baseball fans and sports fanatics. A caution for young readers that some of the language may be offensive.

  • James R
    2019-03-10 20:21

    I very much enjoy watching the game of baseball. I read Harvey's book hoping to get a perspective of the game from an umpire's point of view. To a certain extent it does that. The book is essentially an edited collection of vignettes about Doug Harvey and his generally high opinion about himself, which may be well deserved. He is after all only one of nine umpires to be inducted into the baseball hall of fame. I fully give him credit for that. I just found it so self centered and self promoting that for me it overwhelmed some of the interesting insights about the game and the personalities of the players, coaches and fellow umpires who were almost always treated as supporting characters to Doug Harvey the star of the show. By the end I concluded that Harvey was probably much less egotistical than he portrayed himself to be. The job, as he understood it, required him to assume the persona of a god, which he apparently throughly enjoyed doing. In that regard, he did give me the perspective I was looking for I just didn't find the book all that engaging.

  • Dale Stonehouse
    2019-02-25 23:37

    I really wanted to give this book 5 stars, given that some of Harvey's umpiring peers were my instructors many years ago. And I did enjoy it immensely; however, a book for which no fact-checking was done cannot be rated too highly. For baseball fans curious about what makes umpires love or hate their job, no one could tell it better than Doug Harvey. Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2010, he worked games with Hall of Famers Al Barlick and Jocko Conlan and was a contemporary of Hall of Fame member Nestor Chylak. He was behind the plate or on the bases for some great baseball events, including Roberto Clemente's 3000th hit and Henry Aaron's home run number 715. Part of his tough reputation was due to intimidation but everyone agreed he was the best at running a game. But he says he would have difficulty working today's baseball with grading of ball and strike calls and now instant replay.

  • Ronald
    2019-03-17 23:41

    Great story of a hard luck guy with integrity who made it on his own. Salty language throughout.

  • Phil C
    2019-02-22 18:23

    Interesting read. Harvey is certainly a conflicted individual. Harvey mentioned his "redline" in throwing players & mgrs out was calling him a name. Then he spent 200 pages of the book calling the greats of the game names. Very odd. Harvey reveled in his nickname of God, mentions it was close to the truth, in his opinion. He noted how he knew the game & its rules better than anyone. Nothing got past Doug Harvey. He claimed complete ignorance when diagnosed with throat cancer after chewing tobacco for decades(claims he asked his Dr. if cancer was caused by taking foul balls off the mask). The man was a walking contradiction. Enjoyed the book though, quick read. Odd fellow.

  • Mike Gabor
    2019-03-04 22:21

    A very fast and good accounting of the life of Doug Harvey. The first part of the book recounts his childhood, how he started umpiring, and early days in the minor leagues. The rest of the book is devoted to his time in the majors. There are many interesting stories here and Harvey can be quite frank in his opinions of others. At first it bothered me a bit as I felt he was egotistical and not very gracious but, as I thought about it further I realized that was what made him a great umpire. He had complete faith in his abilities and called them as he saw them. Highly recommended but be warned the language at times can be rough.

  • Cj Karwowski
    2019-03-01 00:31

    This book was done masterfully. Doug Harvey has a clear voice throughout and is able to tell a compelling yet simple story. I found this book to be very interesting, simply because of the fact that I am a baseball fanatic and have often watched Doug Harvey ump games. And he actually was that good. He consistently made the right calls and was a fantastic guy to be around. This book really lets us as the audience really get a good view of what his personality is like and you get to know all of his prime accomplishments. I really enjoyed this book, and I deeply recommend it for anyone who is a fan of the game of baseball.

  • Peter McCarthy
    2019-02-25 19:33

    You can skip this one. There are great anecodtes in here but this book was written about 30 years too late. If you want to read about crabby and irritable 1960s National League managers and the crabby and irritable 1960s National League umpires who fought with them on a regular basis, this is your book.Harvey's story is interesting but he doesn't get too detailed or too personal and he really sees himself as the last of a dying breed that no longer roams the Earth. It is a clean, easy read but there is nothing juicy, insightful or of enduring value on these pages.

  • Dwight Koslowski
    2019-03-13 20:30

    The title says it all. This is the self-told story of the most pompous, arrogant, conceited man that ever walked onto a baseball diamond. Very, very boring reading of how he was the first to do this, the first to do that, and how everyone else in baseball was always wrong when he was always right.I would have liked to have seen how the man that "never got a play wrong, never made a bad call" would have fared under the scrutiny of today's "instant replay".This book is so boring that I would not insult my baseball fan friends by calling their attention to its existence.

  • Clint
    2019-03-15 17:31

    Decent saga of former National League (and now Hall of Fame) umpire Doug Harvey's career as an umpire. Easy read relates many stories, including the difficult climb into the Major Leagues, his relationship (good and bad) with several umpires but relatively little incite about players and those he thought were the best he saw in 30-plus years of umpiring. Harvey comes off as profane and arrogant but also smart and big-hearted.

  • Mike
    2019-03-17 01:47

    A terrific baseball autobiography, filled with profane behind-the-scenes stories, inside information about the craft of umpiring, and the compelling life story of Doug Harvey, a man's man. I can recommend this book without hesitation and can attest that it contains the only account of Joe DiMaggio farting committed to print. I'd give this book 6 stars if I could.

  • Gale
    2019-03-18 00:29

    Some potentially great baseball stories overwhelmed by Harvey's incredible ego. This is a guy who claims to never hold a grudge but would always get even.All you need to know about him can be summed up by his feelings about being called "God" by the players..."Well, what was I going to say?They didn't miss by much"

  • Steve abrams
    2019-02-28 22:43

    very interesting The story of an umpire is never what you imagine. Harvey is arrogant, persistent, and a damn fine umpire. It's great to hear about his trials and tribulations and the writing isn't half bad. Keeps you entertained.

  • Jim Blessing
    2019-02-25 01:23

    The author of this book initially claims that he had never made a wrong call and then throughout the book talked about a lot of calls that certainly seemed wrong. Interesting personality, but the book was a disjointed read.

  • Andy
    2019-03-04 19:25

    I gave it an extra star because it was really, really short.

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  • Lane
    2019-03-10 21:38

    interesting story,easy read. not a lot of depth but enjoyable.several fact errors that should have been easily corrected but seems typical of golenbock's (co-author) books.

  • Scott
    2019-03-14 17:42

    The memoirs of the greatest umpire who ever lived do not disappoint. The stories he relays are memorable. Excellent read.

  • Linda Nichols
    2019-03-06 18:45

    As baseball books go, this is spot-on with anecdotes and other baseball stuff. The title is very off-putting, as is the man, but the information is great other than his own horn-blowing.

  • Benjamin baschinsky
    2019-03-08 01:32

    was a great umpire, with a tremendous ego

  • Budd Bailey
    2019-03-19 18:21