The incredible memoir from the man voted one of the “Best Umpires of All Time” by the Society of American Baseball Research—filled with more than three decades of fascinating baseball stories.
Doug Harvey was working the overnight shift at a seedy bar when he saw Don Larsen’s perfect World Series game on television. By the sixth inning, he pointed to the home plate umpire and told the regulars that was what he wanted to do. They laughed him out of the bar. Six years later, he was umpiring the World Series. After reaching the major leagues in record time, Doug enjoyed an amazing career that spanned thirty years, and now he’s ready to share the greatness, violence, pranks, rivalries, and triumphs, providing a window into the game that only someone who is himself a legend can offer.
In THEY CALLED ME GOD, Doug shares hundreds of tales, many of which have never been heard off the field. He has plenty to say about legendary and notorious ballplayers, the art of pitching and umpiring, and the game he loved so much. Featuring stories from Doug's singular perspective about legendary players such as Sandy Koufax, Willie Mays, Henry Aaron, Dwight Gooden, and more, and famous managers like Leo Durocher, Tommy Lasorda, Sparky Anderson, Lou Piniella, and others, this part-memoir, part-insider-baseball-story is the tale of a Hall of Fame umpire whose talent, demeanor, and knowledge of the game earned him the nickname “God.”