June 03, 1985 12:00 PM

by Jimmy Piersall with Richard Whittingham

One of baseball’s best outfielders in the ’50s and ’60s, Piersall was more famous for his mental problems, which he wrote about in his 1955 book, Fear Strikes Out. This memoir covers his playing career to its end with a jesterish stint with the Mets; it also follows his years as a sportscaster to his suspension in 1981 from a TV station in Chicago for referring to players’ wives as “horny broads.” Piersall says regular doses of lithium carbonate in recent years have reined in his eccentricities. Almost. He accuses Chicago White Sox manager Tony LaRussa, for instance, of trying “to take his frustrations out on me.” That sour tone makes the book hard to enjoy. (Contemporary, $15.95)

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