The fun and fiery memoir of All Star Yankee and five-time World Champion, Paul O’Neill.
In SWING AND A HIT, O'Neill elaborates on his most important hitting principles, lessons and memories—exploring these elements across 10 chapters (to align with the nine innings of a baseball game and one extra inning). Here, O’Neill, with his fiery temperament, describes what he did as a hitter, how he adjusted to pitchers, how he boosted his confidence, how he battled with umpires and (water coolers) and what advice he would give to current hitters.
O’Neill has always been a tough out at the plate. Recalling how he started to swing a bat competitively as a 5-year old and kept swinging it professionally until he was 38, O'Neill provides constant insights into the beauty and the frustration of playing baseball. The legendary Ted Williams said using a round bat to hit a round ball is the most difficult thing to do in sports. Naturally, O’Neill, who once received a surprise call from Williams that was filled with hitting advice, agrees.
SWING AND A HIT features O'Neill's best insights and offers clubhouse stories from some of the biggest names in Major League Baseball—hitters, managers, and teammates like Joe Torre, Derek Jeter, Don Mattingly, Pete Rose and Bernie Williams.
Remember, O’Neill, ever the perfectionist, is the type of hitter who believes that pitchers didn’t ever get him out. For that reason and so many others, SWING AND A HIT is essential reading for any baseball fan.
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Paul Andrew O'Neill played 17 seasons in the major leagues. He played for the Cincinnati Reds (1985–1992) and New York Yankees (1993–2001). O'Neill compiled 281 home runs, 1,269 runs batted in, 2,107 hits, and a lifetime batting average of .288. He won the American League batting title in 1994 with a .359 average. He was a five-time World Series champion and a five-time All-Star (1991, 1994, 1995, 1997, and 1998). After retiring from playing baseball, O'Neill became a broadcaster for the Yankees on the YES Network. He currently works on the network as the lead game analyst and color commentator.
Jack Curry is an award-winning sports journalist who is an analyst on the Yankees’ pregame and postgame shows on the YES Network, where he has worked since 2010. He has won five New York Emmy Awards. Before joining YES, he covered baseball for 20 seasons at The New York Times, first as a Yankee beat writer and then as a national baseball correspondent. Curry is also the co-author of two New York Times bestsellers: “Full Count: The Education Of A Pitcher,” with David Cone and “The Life You Imagine” with Derek Jeter. He currently lives in New Jersey.