Subtitled: Baseball, Fatherhood, and My Life in the Big Red Machine
I received an advance reader copy of this book from the publisher through Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.
Big Red is a biography of former baseball star Ken Griffey Sr., a two-time World Series champion with the Cincinnati Reds in the mid-70s, and also the father of Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr.
This book had everything I’d expect from a baseball biography – year by year details about his baseball career, memories of the most significant moments of his career, and the names of a few baseball players that I hadn’t thought about in decades. I was surprised to find that Griffey didn’t get along that well with Sparky Anderson (or maybe vice versa).
Another thing that I enjoy finding in sports biographies is an indication of the type of person the subject is. Griffey Sr. comes off as a hard-working professional, willing to do what his manager asks him to do, and a good teammate who willingly shared his knowledge with younger players just starting their careers in the major leagues.
I gave Big Read five stars on Goodreads. It was a bit on the short side, but the material included was very, very good.