Exclusive “No Curveballs” Story In South Philly Review

South Philly Review of "No Curveballs"

The critics are absolutely raving about “No Curveballs”!

In a week that has already seen authors Bill Werndl and Joe Vallee receive praise from media outlets such as JerseyMan Magazine, the Delaware County Times and NJ.com, the South Philly Review can now be added to what is becoming a very extensive list.

Writer Joseph Myers interviewed Werndl for the piece, which you can read part of below:

 

Dream of­ten rush to­ward the drain, with fe­ver­ish at­tempts to keep them from the dreaded loc­a­tion fre­quently lead­ing people to real­ize they must settle for far less cap­tiv­at­ing ca­reers and pur­suits. Able to ac­tu­al­ize his most fer­vent vis­ion, Bill Werndl has spent more than five dec­ades ply­ing his trade as an es­teemed me­dia fig­ure, with his re­col­lec­tion of amaz­ing ex­per­i­ences and re­gard for the in­spir­a­tion­al in­di­vidu­als be­hind them call­ing him to co-au­thor “No Curve­balls: My Greatest Sports Stor­ies Nev­er Told.”

“It’s something I think many people will be able to sink their teeth in­to,” the 70-year-old scribe said of his brainchild with fel­low sports me­dia pres­ence Joe Vallee. “It of­fers real in­sights about the busi­ness, the heart, and the soul of the ath­let­ic world, and I’m proud to put it out there, es­pe­cially for those who can re­mem­ber the times when that uni­verse was more about the last two parts than it was the first ele­ment.”

The word­smiths saw three-and-a-half-years of hard work come to fruition Sept. 21. Werndl, thanks to a jour­ney that star­ted 50 years ago in the spring, is en­list­ing 29 chapters to re­in­force not only his ir­res­ist­ible in­terest in per­formers’ feats but also the city’s charms in in­spir­ing such de­vo­tion.

“For all of the star play­ers who have come through town, you’ll find a ton of journ­al­ists who are for­tu­nate for the chances to have come across them, in­ter­act with them, and count them as friends,” Werndl said. “There’s no mys­tery about what helps guys to get by when they put on a uni­form for one of the Philly teams; it’s guts and de­term­in­a­tion. The op­por­tun­ity to re­lay some tales from my time in­side and out­side of Phil­adelphia and how those in­ter­ac­tions are un­for­get­table parts of my iden­tity set my mind go­ing.”

You can read the rest of Joseph Myers’ review of “No Curveballs” here.

You can buy “No Curveballs” here!

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