Village Square Booksellers welcomes Mike Brown, Bellow Falls Union High School Alumni ('73,) to read from and discuss his book, The Umpire's Bunkhouse: Baseball Stories from Cooperstown's Dreams Park on Saturday June 17 at 1pm.
About the book: Who are they? The men in blue have masks covering their faces and there's an undeniable, deep mystique about umpires. The Umpire's Bunkhouse, Baseball Stories from Cooperstown's Dreams Park, will give the real truth about umpires. They come from all over the nation. They are wise and kind people who believe integrity is everything. During an era of major league cheating scandals with cameras hidden in the outfield fences, and the threat of robots replacing human umpires, it is timely to read The Umpire's Bunkhouse. Baseball umpires survive if not thrive staying together in primitive bunkhouses, with no heat or air conditioning and thin mattresses. Read how a baseball bully is handled and ultimately overcome with a little help from the author's friends in blue.
Author Michael Marshall Brown memories of Cooperstown, as Sports Editor of the Daily Star newspaper and he covered the nearby Baseball Hall of Fame in the 1980s. Read about his personal contacts with stars of the game including Joe DiMaggio, Ted Williams, Warren Spahn, Henry Aaron, and Cool Papa Bell. Michael Marshall Brown has been involved with baseball and a spectrum of sports. As a journalist and public relations professional in Vermont, New York, and Ohio, he covered the 1980 Winter Olympic Games in Lake Placid. Mr. Brown was also assigned to the International Ski Congress in Istanbul, Turkey, and he won several national and regional awards for college publications and media success. He covered the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown during the 1980s. Mr. Brown graduated from Bellows Falls Union High (Vt.) and earned varsity letters in four sports. He graduated from Saint Michael’s College in Vermont with a major in journalism, and he played college basketball. He now works as an author, umpire, referee, and a teacher. He also authored the award-winning Outdoor Legacy column for years in several newspapers. His two adult sons Shane and Cody are avid outdoorsmen, too. Most of all, he loves visiting friends in Cooperstown and Oneonta, NY, Plattsburgh and Poughkeepsie, NY, and Marietta, Granville and Columbus, OH. Mr. Brown also enjoys visits with his Dad in Dunedin, FL.