For Baseball Fans

For 24 seasons, from 1974 to 1997, I was a high school baseball umpire on Long Island, and worked other levels as well, from Little League to Stan Musial League, the highest level of non-professional baseball with mostly college and former minor league players.  I worked well over a thousand games.  In 1999, I wrote and self-published an entertaining book about my most memorable experiences on the field, Please Don’t Kill the Umpire!   As far as I know, it’s the only book ever written by an umpire at the amateur level, where 99% of all baseball games are played.

Although it got some excellent reviews on Amazon, and I received many wonderful letters from people all over the country, and used copies continue to be bought and sold on the internet, I learned the hard way that it’s nearly impossible for an unknown author to sell books.  Long story short, I had 5000 copies printed and it took me four years to sell a little over 2000.  I gave about 200 copies away.  I still have 38 cases of books that were never opened.

If you’re a baseball fan, and like to sit back with a good book, you’ll definitely enjoy Please Don’t Kill the Umpire!  It’s a fun, fast-moving read, and God knows we can all use a few laughs these days.  And even though I wrote it 23 years ago, human nature is timeless and the great game of baseball hasn’t changed (except for a few new rules).

I’ll make it even a little more fun.  I once came up with a question that no one was ever able to answer.  How is it possible for a batter to hit into a triple play without any fielder ever touching the ball?  Answer that correctly and you’ll get my book for free – I’ll return your payment with the book.  Answer it incorrectly and I’ll tell you how it can happen.

I sign all books.  If you’d like a personal inscription, for you or a gift recipient, let me know and I’ll be happy to write it.  Cost is $15, or $10 each for two or more copies, postpaid.  Send cash, check or money order to John Massaro, P.O. Box 45, Jeffersonville, NY 12748