THE BIG BUZZ: Procession of New Visitors Vaults Ross Reader Roost Over 8,400 Mark
- May. 23, 2018
Author Phil Ross, purveyor of this website (aka the Ross Reader Roost), extends continued gratitude to those who have visited here since the site's launch in fall 2016. Thanks to ongoing interest, in mid-May 2018, this website exploded into yet another new milestone area -- breaking the 8,300 mark -- and had 8,495 by May 23. Those who already have viewed are strongly encouraged to invite at least 10 other persons to visit this site, which is the gateway to such Ross books as ONCE A TROJAN ALWAYS A TROJAN, BOTCHED BLOODING, the BLUE HOMBRES trilogy and other Ross works. Previous and potential viewers of this site also are encouraged to Like and Share on Facebook (@Phil Ross), Retweet and Like on Twitter (@Fodderphil), post in the Comments section of this site, and visit the mr phil ross Amazon Books page to buy print books or Kindle ebooks, and post reader reviews of those you've already read and enjoyed. The second book in the trilogy is scheduled to debut later this spring.
THE BIG BUZZ: Ramon de Jesus, Fonzy Marquez on Umpire Crew in Dodgers-Padres Series in Mexico Calling 4-Pitcher No-Hitter by L.A.
- May. 14, 2018
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THE BIG BUZZ: Blue Hombres Repeat Triple-A Umpire Assignments in 2 Leagues at Season's Outset
- Apr. 7, 2018
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THE BIG BUZZ: Start of New Colorado Legislative Session Means 'The Citizen Testifier' Swings Into Action
- Feb. 20, 2018
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THE BIG BUZZ: Latest Phil Ross Books Remain Excellent Bargains at Reduced Price in 2018
- Jan. 4, 2018
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THE BIG BUZZ: Precious Memories Triggered for Ex-Sportswriter by Broadcast Legend's Death
- Dec. 24, 2017
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THE BIG BUZZ: Frequent MLB Call-Up Umpire Roberto Ortiz Calls Balls & Strikes in Fall League Championship Contest
- Nov. 19, 2017
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THE BIG BUZZ: Umpire-Turned-Author Holds Back Tears in Sharing Personal Memories of Multiple Cy Young Honoree Roy 'Doc' Halladay
- Nov. 10, 2017
Creator of BLUE HOMBRES Trilogy Harbors Fond Recollections of Frequent MLB All-Star Hurler in Post-Death Tribute to Colorado-Bred Right-Hander
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THE BIG BUZZ: Blue Hombre Laz Díaz Selected for 2017 World Series Umpire Crew, Headed by Record-Setter Gerry Davis; Both Prominently Featured in Informative, Entertaining Book Trifecta
- Oct. 24, 2017
All But One of 8 Umpires in Fall Classic Quoted or Mentioned in Phil Ross's Trilogy on Latino MLB Umpires
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THE BIG BUZZ: BLUE HOMBRES Author, Sidekick Renew Acquaintances with MLB Hopeful Triple-A Umpires
- Jul. 18, 2017
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THE BIG BUZZ: MLB Umpire Unwittingly Becomes Instant International Hero, Saves Troubled Woman from Possible Suicide Leap into River off Bridge
- Jun. 29, 2017
John Tumpane Physically, Verbally Prevents Likely Death; Later on Same Date, Works Home Plate in Bucs-Rays Clash at Nearby Pittsburgh Stadium
In one of the best feel-good stories in a while, during a June 28, pre-game afternoon jog across Pittsburgh's Roberto Clemente Bridge, Major League Baseball umpire John Tumpane became an instant international hero and Internet sensation. On the span over the Allegheny River named after the late Pirates' Hall-of-Fame player who died in the crash of a plane carrying supplies to 1960s Nicaraguan earthquake survivors, Tumpane stopped a likely suicide from happening.
The 30-something Chicago product verbally and physically prevented a stranger -- a suicide-bent woman -- from jumping to her death off the bridge. Before calling balls and strikes in the Tampa Bay Rays-Pirates game the same night at nearby PNC Park, Tumpane coolly and calmly talked the woman out of her original plan, used his physical strength as well, and instructed another witness to call 911. Then, within hours he was behind the plate at PNC, doing the job for which he had come to the Steel City, his life no doubt changed forever. The umpire crew headed by Colorado resident Paul Emmel also included veteran Brian O'Nora and Blue Hombre call-up Ramon de Jesus.
THE BIG BUZZ: 'The Thrill' Resumes Hook-Up with Retired Commissioner After 2 Decades
- Jun. 29, 2017
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THE BIG BUZZ: Author's Sidelight as 'Citizen Testifier' Results in New Laws
- May 27, 2017
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THE BIG BUZZ: Author Phil Ross's Literary Activities Are Summed Up in Capsule Form
- May 25, 2017
After Debut Volume in 2013, Recently Released Whistleblower Book Wrapped Around BLUE HOMBRES Trilogy
Here, capsulized, is an update of literary activities by Colorado author Phil Ross since his debut book, ONCE A TROJAN ALWAYS A TROJAN: A True Story, almost four years ago:
His latest book, a corporate health care whistleblower volume, was published in April 2017 after 2 1/2 years of legal entanglements in the California court system. It is titled BOTCHED BLOODING: They Tried to Kill Me ... and Then They Stole My Livelihood (A Fictionalized Account of Compelling Actual Events). It is available on Amazon and ebook on Kindle.
Wrapped around that latest book is a trilogy by Phil on Latino Major League Baseball umpires, also on Amazon and Kindle. The title of Book One, launched in August 2016, is BLUE HOMBRES: The Life and Times of Major League Baseball's Latino Umpires, First of a Trilogy. Separate chapters, among others, are devoted to Alfonzo "Fonzy" Marquez, who is the first and only (so far) full-time MLB umpire born in Mexico, and Rich Garcia, a colorful Cuban-American who is MLB's longest-tenured Latino umpire.
Book Two -- BLUE HOMBRES 2.0: Major League Baseball's Latino Umpires and Their Crew Mates Embrace the High-Tech Revolution with Much Gusto -- will be published early in 2018.
The third, and final, part of the trilogy -- BLUE HOMBRES Numero Tres: Major League Baseball's Latino Umpires Peer Into the Future Beyond 2017 -- will appear later in 2018.
THE BIG BUZZ: Traveling Ross/Kellogg Pair Heads South to Visit, Observe Versatile PCL Umpire Crew
- May 11, 2017
The on-the-move sports trivia duo of Ross and Kellogg ventured to Colorado Springs on May 11 to observe a regular umpire-crew-plus-one in an early start Pacific Coast League game. (Learn details by clicking on Updates on Phil tab)
THE BIG BUZZ: Whirlwind Day Finds Author Phil Ross, Good Pal Engaging New Broncos’ Head Coach, MLB Umpire Crew
- May 10, 2017
Colorado author Phil Ross and a good friend engaged in pleasant chit-chat with figures from major sports. (Learn more by clicking on Updates on Phil tab)
THE BIG BUZZ: Compelling, Much-Anticipated, Often-Delayed New Phil Ross Book Makes Debut, Now Available
- Apr. 12, 2017
'BOTCHED BLOODING: They Tried to Kill Me ... and Then They Stole My Livelihood (A Fictionalized Account of Compelling Actual Events)'
The new Phil Ross book, nearly three years in the making and delayed often by judicial shenanigans in the wacky California court system, is now available to the public. (More details by clicking on the News on Phil's Books tab)
THE BIG BUZZ: Colorado Authors Phil Ross, Adrian Miller Hook Up at Popular Library Event
Phil Ross and Adrian Miller, two Colorado-based authors, paused to chat briefly following Miller's entertaining, March 31, 2017, presentation and book-signing for his new book, THE PRESIDENT'S KITCHEN CABINET, at the Arapahoe
Library District's Smoky Hill Library in Aurora, Colo. The volume is a follow-up to Adrian's debut book, SOUL FOOD, which, like Phil's debut, ONCE A TROJAN ALWAYS A TROJAN: A True Story, was launched in 2013.
Phil's most recent release, BOTCHED BLOODING: They Tried to Kill Me ... and Then They Stole My Livelihood (A Fictionalized Account of Compelling Actual Events), debuted in April 2017 and now is available on Amazon.com and Kindle (ebook), along with ONCE A TROJAN and Phil's August 2016 release, BLUE HOMBRES: The Life and Times of Major League Baseball's Latino Umpires, First of a Trilogy.
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In the No. 22 frame of a 24-photo gallery, Phil (right) is garbed in his U.S. Army Vietnam Era Veteran's cap and a T-shirt from Hardin-Simmons University, one of 50 shirts from 33 colleges in 21 states he has collected as a hobby during his travels. The purple "tee" is one of three from universities in Abilene, Tex. -- the other two from Abilene Christian University and McMurry University. Adrian's blue-and-gold apron is an official one from the White House's Presidential Food Service. (Photo gallery courtesy of Arapahoe Library District)
THE BIG BUZZ: Author Phil Ross Recalls Harrowing Time as Drag Racer
- Feb. 21, 2017
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GUIDE TO INSIDE PAGES (Updated Regularly):
MORE ON PHIL ROSS: On the road: U.S., retro Korea
ON PHIL: Keeping track with "Boomer Geezer"
ON BLUE HOMBRE TRAIL: Follow Latino umpires year-round
NEWS ON PHIL'S BOOKS: Special reduced prices continue
PRAISE FROM OTHERS: Third-party plaudits flow
MEDIA SPOTLIGHT: Interviewer becomes interviewee
PHIL'S OTHER PASSIONS: Drag racing, legislative testimony
CONTACT PHIL: Find out about Mark Twain's alter ego
THE BIG BUZZ: 10th-Anniversary Retrospective Images Take Long-Time Friends to Coors Field
- Nov. 15, 2016
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THE BIG BUZZ: Noted NY Times Best-Selling Author of New 'The Sleepwalker' Offers Encouragement, Praise
- Dec. 2, 2016
Novelist Chris Bohjalian, Author of 'The Buffalo Soldier,' 'House Guest,' His Newest, 'Midwives,' and Numerous Other Best-Sellers, Charms Denver Audience with Anecdotes, Inside Tips
New York native Chris Bohjalian, New York Times best-selling author of "House Guest," "The Buffalo Soldier," his newest book, "Midwives," and numerous other best-selling novels, regaled a Denver area audience of more than 200 eager reader/listeners with personal anecdotes about his books on Dec. 1. Bohjalian's next potential best-seller, "The Sleepwalker," will debut in January 2017. The evening lecture and book-signing, at the Embassy Suites-DTC in suburban Centennial, was preceded by a meet-and-greet cocktail reception.
The author, who is now a long-time resident of rural Vermont, spent nearly an hour spinning tales about how several of his books came to be, offering tips on his approach to writing success, then took questions before launching into the personal signing of his books. Bohjalian is noted for his deep research and turning historical events into heart-wrenching novels that often feature unexpected, even eerie, twists and turns.
In a brief, one-on-one discussion, Bohjalian privately praised Colorado author Phil Ross after reading selected passages from the latter's current first book of a trilogy, "BLUE HOMBRES: The Life and Times of Major League Baseball's Latino Umpires." "You're a good writer," the best-selling writer told the Colorado author. "You have a certain flair. Your sentences are well-constructed."
Considering the source, Ross conceded the comments were well-thought-out, and a welcome addition to the evening and his own ongoing quest to inform and entertain readers. The latest new Phil Ross book, "BOTCHED BLOODING: They Tried to Kill Me ... and Then They Stole My Livelihood, A Fictionalized Account of Compelling Actual Events," is now available on Amazon and Kindle (ebook).
The program was a featured event in a continuing series of author lectures/book-signings sponsored by the Arapahoe Library District.
Chris Bohjalian's website is chrisbohjalian.com