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61. The Hot Stove League (Classics)
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62. A Magic Summer: The '69 Mets
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65. The Rules of the Game: Simple
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66. What Do You Think of Ted Williams
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68. Bums: An Oral Histor of the Brooklyn
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71. Glove Stories : The Collected
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61. The Hot Stove League (Classics)
by Lee Allen
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Asin: 1892129442
Catlog: Book (2000-04-01)
Publisher: Total Sports
Sales Rank: 396554
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Before the modern era, the closest fans could get to big-league action during the long winters was sitting around the hot stove in general stores and barber shops, exchanging bits of baseball history and anecdotes from the uplifting to the unseemly. These fascinating true stories are collected in The Hot Stove League, and they chronicle everything from the first electrically illuminated night game and Babe Ruth's legendary gluttony to such curiosities as why some of the most populous states produce the fewest major league players. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars First-rate collection of baseball anecdotes
Before his sudden death in 1969, Lee Allen had spent 10 years as the librarian at the Baseball Hall of Fame, and at least thirty as one of the game's most indefatigable researchers. The Hot Stove League, first published in 1955, displays Allen's dazzling erudition to great advantage. It's the only book of its kind to have made numerous lists of the best baseball books ever written.

Unlike authors of many superficially similar books, Allen doesn't just string together unverifiable tales and pointless lists. His well-written stories are organized by topic, often accompanied by tables of heretofore-uncompiled data, and inevitably based on Allen's own encyclopedic knowledge of baseball history. Lazier authors still repeat myths Allen debunked almost 50 years ago.

The Hot Stove League would be perfect bedtime reading, except that many of Allen's tales will keep readers awake all night looking for more information about his subjects. ... Read more

62. A Magic Summer: The '69 Mets
by Stanley Cohen
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Catlog: Book (1988-04-01)
Publisher: Harcourt
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In 1969, ending seven years of lovable futility, the New York Mets won the World Series. How they did it became the stuff of legend. Photographs.
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63. Called Up: Stories of Life and Faith from the Great Game of Baseball
by Dave Dravecky, Mike Yorkey
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Asin: 031025230X
Catlog: Book (2004-02-01)
Publisher: Zondervan Publishing Company
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Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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With Mike Yorkey, Dave Dravecky retells classic baseball stories from yesteryear and draws on his many on-the-field experiences to illustrate how God doesn’t waste any pitches when it comes to teaching us something about him and his Word. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Entertaining
Well this really wasn't a "life-changin" kind of book but it was very entertaining. I am a big baseball fan and I absolutely loved Dave's baseball stories from a christian perspective. It's got some great stories about different players and a good perspective on being a christian in the major leagues. If you are a fan of sports then I definately recommend this one. ... Read more

64. How to Be Like Jackie Robinson : Life Lessons from Baseball's Greatest Hero (How to Be Like)
by Pat Williams, Mike Sielski
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Asin: 0757301738
Catlog: Book (2005-01-01)
Publisher: HCI
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Jackie Robinson broke Major League Baseball's color barrier in 1947, changing the great American sport forever and inspiring future generations to emulate his courage, his commitment and his decency.

No other book about Jackie Robinson presents him as fully and truthfully as How to Be Like Jackie Robinson and none is as uplifting. Drawing on more than 1,100 interviews with Jackie’s family and friends, his teammates and opponents, and the people whose lives he touched and shaped, Pat Williams shows how Jackie’s life and the values he embodied serve as models for us all. Each example of Jackie’s courage and character will inspire you to live each day with the same
commitment to decency and humanity.

“He had a fire in him. His whole life, he believed if things were wrong, he wanted to change them. He had a strong belief in himself and in what was right, and he was not going to tolerate injustices to people. Jackie Robinson couldn’t stand being on the sidelines and being left out of the action.”
-Sharon Robinson, daughter of Jackie Robinson

“Jackie Robinson was my hero. Jackie was a gifted athlete, but he was a man of integrity.”
-Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Hall of Fame basketball player

“I loved Jackie Robinson. You remembered him if you ever met him. He had that kind of impression on you for the rest of your life. If you list the fifty or 100 most significant Americans of all time, Jackie Robinson has to be on the list.”
-Dave Anderson, author and New York Times sports columnist

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65. The Rules of the Game: Simple Truths Learned from Little League
by Kurt Hohenstein
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Asin: 0785275045
Catlog: Book (1996-03-01)
Publisher: Thomas Nelson Inc
Sales Rank: 478960
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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It has often been said that baseball is a metaphor for life--the lessons learned on the ball diamond somehow carry over into the world's playing field. Author Kurt Hohenstein forgot some of those lessons. The Rules of the Game, the book Hohenstein wrote inside the Community Corrections Center in Lincoln, Nebraska is not about his incarceration but about baseball and learning the lessons again. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Book from an Outstanding Man
I have read this book and am going to recommend it to my childrenand their coaches to read also.This is an Outstanding Book from an Outstanding Man whether people believe that from the mistakes he has made in his life.We all make mistakes, some pay more than others, he has paid dearly.I know Kurt from a long time back and know what is in this book is actually how he feels in his heart.He really is a WONDERFUL MANthat I take great pleasure in knowing.He has actually given me great advice and probably saved my life.He knows what I am talking about and that's enough.Thank you Kurt for everything you've ever done.

5-0 out of 5 stars looking for more copies
i have given this book to all the coaches of my sons' and daughter's teams as post season presents. they have all loved the book.i have several more coaches to go and i was wondering if the author or anybody else knew where to get them.

5-0 out of 5 stars I'm Proud of You Daddy!
I am not partial to loving this book because it is about me and my Daddywrote it but because it is an awsome book.I have read it some 20 timesalready.As a first time author I found that my Dad had an amazing abliltythat I didn't know existed in him.He is passionate about his life anddoing well. As far as Holton's review....this book is not directly abouthis wrong doings and his apologies.If you were reading between the linesyou would see that this book encompuses baseball, live, love, loss,heartache and remorse in the creativly written words that grace the pages. I think that you will enjoy this book and its stories.Just sit back andread it with an open heart and and mind and allow the players of the pagesto enter your life and you will find yourself cheering for the hometeam......i love you daddy...and am prouder than you will everyknow....

Mandi Hohenstein

5-0 out of 5 stars Little League Essential
It amazes me that Holton could review such a beautiful book so negatively... this book is about a miserable fall from grace.. due to the author's own faults, and his attempt to regain his life, and the life withhis children, by accepting responsiblity, admitting fault and rebuilding alife.Baseball is the backdrop for the lessons learned, not because heplays it, but because it is the medium his own children and ballplayerswill understand.This book is a lyrical, painful, and beautifully toldstory about failure and remorse, but more importantly, about second chancesmade through honest reflection.If Holton misses the point, one wonders ifshe has even read the book--- or if she is capable of comprehending thenature of human error and redemption. No matter.. Rules of the Game speaksfor itself.. a heartfelt, wondrously written, beautifully told story everyLittle Leaguer and his parents should read.

1-0 out of 5 stars Reliving glory days
One word sums up this book, irresponsibility.Hohenstein stumbles through 200 akward pagesrambling about baseball. It seems like he tries to encroach on the reader that he has learned from his mistakes- all he haslearned is the proper way to malinger. At no point does he acknowledge hisrole in his past crimes.Rather he seems to want to sugar coat it withwhat a great person he really is deep down. There is no evolution ofcharacter.We do see the demise of a man, but by his own accord.He failsto at any point to admit fault for his actions or how they have effectedothers.Even in the role of a coach he has flaws. I wonder what he reallylearned from little league after all.Additionally, the stories have noflow with one another.The entire books seems to merely be a lament over alost existence.The only purpose the book does serve is to reinforce thatindividuals such as this should be kept behind bars for the betterment ofsociety. ... Read more

66. What Do You Think of Ted Williams Now? : A Remembrance
by Richard Ben Cramer
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Asin: 0743246489
Catlog: Book (2002-10-02)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Sales Rank: 125455
Average Customer Review: 4.88 out of 5 stars
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When legendary Red Sox hitter Ted Williams died on July 5, 2002, newspapers reviewed the stats, compared him to other legends of the game, and declared him the greatest hitter who ever lived. Richard Ben Cramer, Pulitzer Prize winner and acclaimed biographer of Joe DiMaggio, decodes this oversized icon who dominated the game and finds not just a great player, but also a great man.

In 1986, Richard Ben Cramer spent months on a profile of Ted Williams, and the result was the Esquire article that has been acclaimed ever since as one of the finest pieces of sports reporting ever written. Given special acknowledgment in The Best American Sportswriting of the Century and adapted for a coffee-table book called Ted Williams: The Seasons of the Kid, the original piece is now available in this special edition, with new material about Williams's later years. While his decades after Fenway Park were out of the spotlight -- the way Ted preferred it -- they were arguably his richest, as he loved and inspired his family, his fans, the players, and the game itself. This is a remembrance for the ages. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Truly a work of art!
This book is deceptively short, yet like Ted Williams swinging at a baseball in his prime --- it packs one hell of wallop! Amazingly, the reader gets a very well-rounded picture of Williams the man, Williams the out-sized legend, Williams the S.O.B. and of course in his most famous guise as baseball's "greatest hitter who ever lived." The last man ever to hit .400 for a season with 521 career home runs to his credit (including one on his last ever time at bat), he was also the only man ever elected to both the baseball and fly-fishing halls of fame. His life was extremely rich and full and reads like it was five lifetimes rolled into one. A fighter pilot during WWII, many argue he may have even forfeited some of his best years in baseball to serve his country.... Considering his well-established contributions to the science of hitting, that's a scary thought! Anyway, if you're looking for a short and breezy read on one of baseball's all-time-greats look no further than this book by Richard Ben Cramer.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Essence Of A Baseball Great
Some new material is sandwiched around it, but the core of this small book is one of the finest pieces of sports journalism ever, Richard Ben Cramer's justly famous profile of Ted Williams which appeared in Esquire in 1986. This extended essay was also published in a fine photo collection about Williams, Seasons of the Kid. Williams' passing has brought it back into print, and with good reason. For all the millions of words expended during and after Williams' lifetime trying to explain him, I doubt that none came closer to the heart of the man than Cramer.

Cramer is also author of a much-praised and much criticized biography of Williams' contemporary and rival, Joe DiMaggio. Although his book about the Yankee Clipper was subtitled "The Hero's Life," Cramer found very little heroic in DiMaggio beyond the baseball field. Not so in the case of Williams. Revealed here is a true American original, loud, brash, profane, stubbornly independent, courageous in two tours of service to his country, the man who set out to earn the title of Greatest Hitter Who Ever Lived, and who, in the eyes of many fans, made good on that lofty objective.

It's interesting to note that Williams inspired not one, but two absolute classics of sportswriting. (The other being John Updike's famous account of Ted's final game, "Hub Fans Bid Kid Adieu.") Other books may give you more details about Williams' exploits, both on and off the field. But none will come as close to capturing the essence of the man.--William C. Hall

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!!!
I read this book in one sitting! I couldn't put it down. It's a slim volume, but gives you the "meat" of who the real Ted Williams was. If you're a Williams fan you gotta have this one!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book by a Great Sports Writer
Finally, a book about the great Ted Williams that does not focus on his shortcomings. Too much has been written about Williams' sometimes surly behavior and it's about time that someone,like the the giften Richard ben Cramer, got past all that to give a illuminating portrait of Ted the athlete and the an. Great book for all baseball and sports fans. Highly recommended

5-0 out of 5 stars A small book that says a lot.
This is a good, quick look into what the great baseball player was really like. It gives some explanations about his tempestuous nature and shows that he had some quite different ideas in his later years. His show of temper seems to have come from his intensely competitive nature and his striving to be perfect. He had a hard time handling any kind of failure.

The book is a reprint of the author's 1986 article for Esquire magazine, with additions for the years after 1986. The article is acclaimed as one of the finest pieces of sports reporting ever written.

Anyone who likes baseball should like this book. ... Read more

67. Sharp Sports Betting
by Stanford Wong
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Asin: 0935926240
Catlog: Book (2001-09-01)
Publisher: Pi Yee Press
Sales Rank: 54324
Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars
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3-0 out of 5 stars Good info, but out of date
"Sharp sports betting" is a book about sports gambling with an emphasis on the NFL. The book takes a very methodical approach to beating the number posted by the bookmaker. The book outlines a number of interesting techniques for beating various spread, moneyline and proposition wagers.

The author expects the reader to blindly accept many of his techniques. Large sections of the book assume that sports data fits neatly into a particular probability distribution, such as Poisson or binomial. The author does not justify his reasoning and expects the reader to go on faith alone. This left me slightly uneasy because if the underlying assumption is incorrect, all the calculations are rendered useless.

Perhaps the biggest drawback of the book is its age. Many of the techniques have already been incorporated into the betting line. No bookmaker will allow the player to have an advantage by buying off the "3" in the NFL. The book is still useful for evaluating certain wagers such as middles but unfortunately its value has greatly diminished with time.

A good book to buy for easy access to NFL reference charts.

4-0 out of 5 stars Emphasis on Statistics. Good for Beginner to Intermediate.
Sharp Sports Betting is a complete lesson in betting on the NFL. For the beginner, there is instruction on what kind of bets are available and how to place them. And there is detailed instruction on how to handicap sporting events and determine what bets are worth taking using complex statistical analyses. I say that it is a complete lesson in betting the NFL because most examples that the author gives are from the NFL. Much of the book's content can be applied equally to other sports, and the author frequently tells you exactly how to do that. But I would say that it is not a complete lesson in betting on other sports, due to its emphasis on the NFL.

For those unfamiliar with the workings of sports books, Sharp Sports Betting explains how to place bets, money management, calculating what you stand to win on bets, and what types of bets are available, including separate chapters on money lines, over/under bets, props, parlays, and teasers. There is a glossary of sports book terms in the back of the book. And there is a chapter on internet sports books.

Moving beyond the basics, the author lays out his highly mathematical methods of handicapping sporting events and choosing bets. I have to say that I was not at all surprised to find out, on the last pages of this book, that Stanford Wong is also a professional blackjack player. He earned his way through graduate school playing cards. He has written books on blackjack. And he handicaps sports precisely like a blackjack player. I think the cardshark perspective that Wong brings to handicapping sports lends a little extra interest and unique content to Sharp Sports Betting. Not to put too fine a point on it, but the guy is a statistics and probability nut. He doesn't actually make his own lines, so there is no instruction on line-making. He just tells you how to beat the lines that the sports books are offering, using probabilities. At least half of this 384-page book is dedicated to teaching the reader how to calculate probabilities of various things happening in a game -pretty much anything that could happen in a game, actually. I wouldn't know how to begin to explain it, so I won't. In addition to instruction, the author includes a lot of charts which aid you in predicting outcomes, many specifically for the NFL, but some relevant to other sports. There are also 2 appendices with charts of Poisson distribution of events (probabilities), one cumulative and one not. A third appendix contains charts for win-lose-push probabilities.

Sharp Sports Betting is a good introduction to sports betting for the novice. Its very mathematical tone and in-depth instruction on calculating probability make it useful for the intermediate bettor, as well. The author's passion for applying statistics to sports, in the spirit of a card player, may result in some fresh ideas for the experienced handicapper also.

4-0 out of 5 stars Some good information in this book...
Like the person before me I think Sharp Sports Betting is better for the beginning bettor. This is a pretty thick book which might make you think there is a lot about how to handicap your own games but there really is very little on that subject. The book deals mostly with defining types of bets and only really addresses football specifically. However, the reason I gave this 4 stars is because I liked the mathematical approach to prop bets. It gives you a really good way to figure out if they are worth betting on depending on the payouts by the sportsbook. Also, as another reviewer pointed out, the charts at the end were interesting and gives you a few good angles to bet on football. I would have liked to have seen more on handicapping though and less defining of terms and bets. Overall though, Sharp Sports Betting is a pretty good book. The information is current and also addresses things like internet betting, while providing some interesting websites.

3-0 out of 5 stars Sharp Sports Betting
I really found this book to be boring. I would recommend this book to a person who does not know anything about sports betting. This book is not for experts. To much basic stuff, like what straight bets, parleys, teasers, ect are. Three quarters of the book explains betting terms. The only one good thing I got from this book is the charts in chapter 13. I found these win loss charts against the spread to be great information. Everything else was weak. Do not buy this book if you are looking for ways to win. I could write a book that would help you do a lot better in handicapping then this book will. There are some great points in this book, but those great points come from other authors. The author gets most of his information from a certain website, so I guess you pay to find that sites name.

5-0 out of 5 stars Sharp Sports Betting
The book addresses all aspects of betting. How to place bets, internet betting, book betting. Talks about shopping for the best lines. Addresses quarters, halfs, sides, totals, straight, future, teasers, money lines vs spreads. I would recommend this book to anyone that is interested in becoming a better sports better. The question and answer section after each chapter quizzes you on the material you just read. The appendixes and tables at the end of the book would satisfy any mathematical curiosity you may have that there is alot of work that goes into beating sports. In closing the index in the back of the book gives you a quick reference guide should a question be asked of you while your on the phone with your friend talking sports. It's the best book on football that I've read, covering all the essentials to betting and handicapping. ... Read more

68. Bums: An Oral Histor of the Brooklyn Dodgers
by Peter Golenbock
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Asin: 0809223953
Catlog: Book (2000-05-01)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill/Contemporary Books
Sales Rank: 132298
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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"Revealing . . . memorable . . . reminiscences about the most beloved baseball team of all time." -- New York Times"An era is brought to life with remarkable, consistent passion." -- Newsweek"Golenbock gathers stories of a team, a park, and an era gone by in Bums. Few teams experienced more greatness or more heartbreak, which makes the book worthwhile for an audience wider than just New Yorkers or just National League fans." -- Cleveland Plain-DealerBefore the team headed to Los Angeles in 1957, the Brooklyn Dodgers were one of the most colorful and beloved teams in baseball. In Bums, bestselling author Peter Golenbock has compiled a fascinating oral history of the Ebbets Field heroes with recollections from former players, writers, front-office executives, and faithful fans. Dodgers legends such as Pee Wee Reese, Leo Durocher, Duke Snider, Roy Campanella, Ralph Branca, and many others recall the ups and downs of that unforgettable ball club in their own words.Among his many books are Dynasty, the definitive history of the 1949-1964 New York Yankees (also available from Contemporary Books); Wild, High, and Tight, his revealing biography of Yankees manager Billy Martin; and Wrigleyville, an oral history of the Chicago Cubs. He has been a frequent guest on many television shows, including A&E's Biography, ESPN's 50 Greatest Athletes, and Larry King Live. He lives in Saint Petersburg, Florida. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The Best
Born and raised in Brooklyn USA...Golenbock's "Bums" is the best book I've read on my dear Dodgers...The quotes from former members of the team are outstanding and offer a direct insight how the players felt about management, other players and especially the fans..I've re-read it about ten times..Great to pick up when one is a "how I miss my team" mode....Get it! You'll enjoy it and treasured it.

5-0 out of 5 stars First-hand accounts
The strength of this book lies in the first-hand accounts given by the players, executives, and fans that made the Dodgers franchise what it was. It is around these accounts that the book is built, and there is nothing more fascinating than hearing contemporaries reminisce about Campy or the Duke. This moves the book away from journalism and makes it something deeply personal. A must-have for any fan of the game, and especially of the Brooklyn Dodgers.

5-0 out of 5 stars golenbecks no bum
super oral history of one of baseballs most fabled franchises. great insights into the inner workings of the baseball organization and front office, as well as player interviews which reveal the real people and lives of the players and fans of "dem bums"

5-0 out of 5 stars Detailed and stirring review of the Dodgers history
This is a wonderful book if you're a fan interested in the early days of baseball, especially the New York teams. The author captures everything around the human spirit surrounding the Dodgers, Ebbets Field, the fans that treated the team like family, Jackie Robinson, Duke Snider, the Giants and Yankees rivalries. ... Read more

69. A Summer Up North: Henry Aaron and the Legend of Eau Claire Baseball
by Jerry Poling, Allan H. Selig
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Asin: 0299181847
Catlog: Book (2002-10-02)
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
Sales Rank: 679392
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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June 12, 1952-only a local sportswriter showed up at the Eau Claire airport to greet a newly signed eighteen-year-old shortstop from Alabama toting a cardboard suitcase. "I was scared as hell," said Henry Aaron, recalling his arrival as the new recruit on the city's Class C minor league baseball team.

Forty-two years later, as Aaron approached the stadium where the Eau Claire Bears once played, an estimated five thousand people surrounded a newly raised bronze statue of a young "Hank" Aaron at bat. "I had goosebumps," he said later. "A lot of things happened to me in my twenty-three years as a ballplayer, but nothing touched me more than that day in Eau Claire." For the people of Eau Claire, Aaron's summer two years before his Major League debut with the Milwaukee Braves symbolizes a magical time, when baseball fans in a small city in northern Wisconsin could live a part of the dream. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully well-written addition to baseball history
This book is incredibly well written and offers the reader insight into an early part of Hank Aaron's life, but the book is so much more than that. It also vividly describes minor league baseball and its impact on one community. It delves into race relations in one Wisconsin city in the 1950s and today. It offers story after story, engagingly told, of how baseball affected lives of individuals and how individuals had an impact on the world of baseball, often through simply accepting someone like Aaron into their homes in an era where racial tension led too many to stare rather than welcome him. Poling's book is one of the most well-written sports histories I've read; I read the book in a day as I couldn't put it down. Granted, partly I was interested in it because I went to college in Eau Claire and lived in Duluth, Minnesota, for a couple of years (another city in the Northern League he discusses). However, I really believe that even those with no ties to Wisconsin but rather a love of baseball or an admiration for Aaron as a person and a baseball player will enjoy this book. ... Read more

70. Curse Reversed: The 2004 Boston Red Sox
by Sporting News Editors, Sporting News Editors
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Asin: 0892047941
Catlog: Book (2004-11)
Publisher: Sporting News
Sales Rank: 99852
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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We were at the last Red Sox World Series win in 1918 and we were there for this one too. Sporting News has what other publishers do not – our own archive of Red Sox history since we helped found the American League in 1901.As well as exclusive editorial and photos from our archives and the 1918 Sporting News cover from the last time "we reported" on a Red Sox World Series win over the Chicago Cubs, 4 games to 2. FEATURES: Expert commentary; Photo-rich approach; Exclusive Red Sox photos; Coverage of the team’s 2004 regular season with commentary on: key wins, players, fans and management contributions; Game coverage of both the Division and the League Championship Series; Game by game World Series coverage and commentary from the Sporting News editors. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Of The Bunch!
I have read every publication on the 2004 Boston Red Sox I could get my hands on, from rush jobs printed by no-name magazines, to publications put out by Sports Illustrated, the Boston Globe and the Boston Herald.In my opinion, "Curse Reversed" by the Sporting News is the best of the bunch.The format is in chronological order, the writing is first rate, and the photographs are outstanding.The first chapter briefly covers the Red Sox's World Series championships in 1903, 1912, 1915, 1916 and 1918.This is followed by every regular season game against their rivals, the New York Yankees.In addition to descriptions of every game, accompanied by great action photos, important dates throughout the regular season are included, with a brief description of what happened on that date.

The second half of the book details every game of the Second Season: the Division Series versus the Anaheim Angels, the American League Championship Series against the New York Yankees, and the World Series versus the St. Louis Cardinals.The book ends with a game-by-game log of every regular season game, including a brief summation of each game.For a fitting quote to close with, I have to go back to the introduction."The Curse?Swept away.The Yankees?Kicked to the side.It was a memorable climax to a memorable Red Sox season - one that brought tears to grandfathers and fathers and sons alike.This time, those were tears of joy."I can heartily recommend this book to every member of Red Sox Nation! ... Read more

71. Glove Stories : The Collected Baseball Writings of Dave Kindred
by Dave Kindred
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Asin: 0892046856
Catlog: Book (2002-03-21)
Publisher: Sporting News
Sales Rank: 82243
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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The Sporting News' award-winning columnist Dave Kindred compiles his favorite columns on baseball from his 10-year career at the magazine

Glove Stories is a collection from the heart and mind of The Sporting News's columnist Dave Kindred. It's his thoughts on the game of baseball in the 10 years he's written for The Sporting News. From the World Series to the non-World Series; from Opening Days to All-Star Games. From taking his mom to a ballgame, to just hanging with Tony Gwynn and Stan Musial.

"Kindred's youthful passion for the game has ripened into a mature appreciation of its history and craftsmanship. These essays, his love letters to the game, are delightful."
--George Will, political analyst and baseball fan

"Dave Kindred loves baseball and Dave Kindred knows baseball. His book Glove Stories is as good as it gets for a baseball fan. If you care about the game, you'll love this book. It's a winner."
--Skip Caray, Atlanta Braves announcer

"Dave Kindred has always had a wonderful way with words. Now, with Glove Stories, he also has a way with our hearts. What a glorious love story is Kindred and baseball."
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5-0 out of 5 stars A letter to Dave Kindred
I have for years enjoyed your writing and one week ago was awarded a copy of "Glove Stories" for Christmas. I read a selection here and there but today, I read "Mom" and even though there's no crying in baseball, I cried.

I cried because as I read the promise you made to your late father, it reminded me of the bond my father and I share.

My father is a baseball umpire. American Legion, high school, local college, whatever. He's there to call the games. And no matter what kind of day he was having, no matter what his mood, he always had time for my
queries of baseball, without exception. Baseball has always been there for my dad and I, but it wasn't until I read your story that it dawned on me just how powerful that bond is.

I'm here in Rochester, NY, with a foot of snow on the ground but after I read "Mom", I looked out my window and did not see snow. I saw green grass, I saw the dust of my father sweeping clean home plate and I heard him complete baseball-diamond air with a called third strike. "Sell the call,
Bob. Sell it." That's the baseball advice he gave me and it's the advice I apply to all walks of my life.

I am a young sports journalist myself. Your writing has struck me as the type by which to be educated and influenced. So a hearty thanks to you, Mr. Kindred. For not
only have you given me a standard to shoot for as a writer, you have reminded me of exactly why this child's game can bring a grown man to tears.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Stories!
I'm a resident of Sydney, Australia where we don't even have a baseball league anymore, but I've long been a fan of the game (well, all the way back to 1992 when I saw the Blue Jays and the Athletics play in Oakland on my first day overseas as a 20 year old). Since that time, I've grown to love baseball, both the game itself and the intersection of baseball history with the cultural and social development of America.

Given those interests, you can imagine that I immensely enjoyed this book. Glove Stories proved to me again that there is no substitute for great stories beautifully and subtly told.

5-0 out of 5 stars If you claim to love baseball, this book is for you!
What an awesome collection of baseball writings! This book is THE standard for writing about the sport of baseball!! Dave takes a humorous, yet gentle approach to the sport he loves. His style of writing will make you love it even more. He covers alot of different subjects--Negro Leagues--the physics of a baseball hitting a bat--baseball funnies [my favorite is the guy sliding into 2nd headfirst with hotdogs stuck inside his uniform]--and baseball greats like Jackie Robinson, Nolan Ryan and even Pete Rose. This book will make you chuckle, and it will make you cry, so be prepared. This reminds me why people have kids: to teach them how to play baseball!! You won't be sorry you bought this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Baseball Stories to Be Savored
I was a thirty year subscriber to The Sporting News (1959-1989), but dropped out when they branched out into sports other than baseball so I was not familiar with Dave Kindred. I do, however, enjoy books of sportswriters' columns of their best stories. I took a chance on Dave Kindred since the subject was baseball and was pleasantly surprised. He covers a wide variety of subjects with humor and nostalgia sure to satisfy anyone interested in baseball writing. If you consider yourself a baseball fan at all this is a book that deserves a permanent place in your library amongst the volumes of Jim Murray, Red Smith, Jerry Holtzman, Tom Boswell, Roger Angell, and Roger Kahn to name a few. Be good to yourself! Buy the book!

5-0 out of 5 stars What a gifted & lyrical writer!!!!
Dave Kindred ranks among America's finest sportswriters. He and the late Shirley Povich were the best sports columnists The Washington Post ever had (present sports columnists included). The stories in Kindred's book are a joy to read. He's got a Ring Lardner touch. At his best, no one is funnier than Kindred. A few of his tales feel like a Frank Capra movie, sentimental and heart-warming. Baseball captures the essence of America with love of family, country and seventh inning rallies. Kindred makes it come all come alive. His stories on Mark McGwire and Jackie Robinson must be savored. You'll finish this book and feel like playing catch with your kid. ... Read more

72. The Long Season
by Jim Brosnan
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5-0 out of 5 stars Brosnan's book- Benign Ball Four Before Ball Four
I really enjoyed this book, which is a milder, tamer, less controversial book written 10 years before Jim Bouton's Ball Four. Both books are written by good, but not great relief pitchers named Jim. Both are written in diary form while the pitchers toil for less than stellar teams. Funny, and at times irreverent, Brosnan's book is worth the time to read! Teaser: I love the nickname Brosnan's wife gave him. :-)

5-0 out of 5 stars The First Of The Real Sports Journalists
I first read Mr. Brosnans book in the year it was published. My opinion of it has not changed in the last (could it be true) almost half a century. In "Long Season" Mr. Brosnan gives us what seems to be a very believable and accurate account of what major league baseball was like in the almost now forgotten days of the mid twentieth century. As a pitcher for the St Louis Cardinals and the Cincinnati Reds, Mr. Brosnan (I cant bring myself to call him Jim) gives what is a humorous and thoughtful insight what it is like to be a non-marquee player on teams that were quite frankly, less than steller. The Book, which is written in diary form, is an easy read. It flows from start to finish in a very readable manner. Mr. Brosnan has the talent to make everyone of his teamates and coaches come alive. As the reader, you feel that you are sitting in a bar, sipping on an adult beverage and listening to the author tell you of his everyday life in a now forgotten world of professional sports.
I guarantee you will become a fan of bullpen pitchers and oversized, bespeckled and hard-throwing righthanders within the first 10 pages.
My recomendation, is for you to grab this book and its sequal Pennant Race" before any other basebll books that are available anywhere. You wont be sorry, and once you have read it, you will be sucked into the history of baseball totally.

5-0 out of 5 stars Gentlemanly, Irreverent, Serious,
This insightful diary by pitcher Jim Brosnan recounts his struggles on the mound for the 1959 St. Louis Cardinals and Cincinnati Reds. Jocks weren't supposed to write books, but this college-educated ballplayer (uncommon in the 1950's) wrote a very good one. Brosnan's mild irreverence annoyed the game's overseers in an era when ballplayers earned modest paychecks and rarely popped off. Older fans may enjoy reading about long-forgotten ballplayers playing in now-demolished ballparks like Forbes Field and Sportsmen's Park. Brosnan followed this book with "Pennant Race," a diary from the 1961 season. Some alledge that the Chicago White Sox tried to insert a clause in Brosnan's contract banning him from publishing anything, while others say he was blackballed from the game after 1963 for his writings. Readers may also enjoy "Ball Four," pitcher Jim Bouton's funny and more combative diary of the 1969 season.

5-0 out of 5 stars an early, non-bitter version of Bouton's Ball Four
I read this and Brosnan's Pennant Race as a kid - a must for anybody growing up as a baseball fan in the late 50's, early 60's - the era of Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, Frank Robinson, etc. - a daily journal of Brosnan's career as a reliever for the Cubs, Cards, and Reds all in one long season - 1959. ... Read more

73. Babe Ruth and the 1918 Red Sox
by Allan Wood
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1918. When the Boston Red Sox are having a good season, there’s no escaping that date. Sports announcers talk about the “Curse of the Bambino” while fans of opposing teams taunt Boston diehards with chants of “nine-teen-eight-teen.” The year, of course, is the last season the Red Sox won the World Series.

Babe Ruth and the 1918 Red Sox is the first complete account of Boston’s last championship. Though the year is famous, fans and even baseball historians know very little about the events of the season. Even the most knowledgeable baseball fan will find one revelation shocking: Wood has uncovered the possibility that the 1918 World Series may have been fixed, much like the notorious 1919 “Chicago Black Sox” scandal.

During that tumultuous summer, the Great War in Europe cast an ominous shadow over the national game, as enlistments and the draft wreaked havoc with every team's roster. Players and owners fought bitterly over contracts and revenue, the parks were infested with gamblers, and the Red Sox and the Chicago Cubs almost called off the World Series. And a Boston player known as The Colossus, 23-year-old Babe Ruth, began his historic transformation from pitching ace to the game's greatest slugger.

Allan Wood’s extensive original research and lively narrative brings to life a time when the Red Sox ruled the American League. In addition to poring over miles of microfilm, Wood spoke with descendants of the 1918 players, as well as two men who knew Babe Ruth in 1918. With 34 pages of photographs, many never-before published, Babe Ruth and the 1918 Red Sox is a must-read for Red Sox fans and lovers of baseball history.

“Mr. Wood has lit upon one of the most turbulent and at the same time least known years in baseball history. He has done remarkable, revelatory research, and he has a clean, clear way of writing.” Robert W. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A real page turner for baseball fans
This is a well-written account of Boston's last championship season. If you are a Red Sox fan, it's a must read. If you know a Red Sox fan, this makes an excellent gift.

4-0 out of 5 stars Birth of the Sultan of Swat & The Late Summer Classic
In 1918, Wood's main focus is on the dramatic and historic 1918 season, in which the Red Sox took their sixth Junior Circuit flag, then continued on to beat the Chicago Cubs in the World Series four games to one, becoming the first team to win five World's Championships. As we know, 1918 is also the last world title for the BoSox. Also featured are the amazing exploits of the young pitching phenom George Herman Ruth. This was the year that Ruth burst on the baseball world not as the Cy Young-like lefthander he had been, but as the soon-to-be Sultan of Swat most of us think of when we hear the name "Babe". Wood also goes into great detail on the undisciplined Ruth's season-long feuding with his manager, Ed Barrow, as well as with the Sox' owner Harry Frazee. Ruth was desparate to play first base, the outfield, or even come in as a left-handed shortstop so he could play every day and hit more homers. Management wanted him on the mound, where he was still one of the most dominant pitchers of the dead-ball era. Wood tells of at least three times where Ruth 'quit' the Red Sox, only to show up at the park the next day. Another major part of the book is told through the backdrop of World War I. In early 1918, Major League Baseball inexplicably failed to request an exemption from the government's "work or fight" order (while other entertainment industries, such as theater and the nascent motion picture crafts, were granted exemptions). This meant that players were obligated to either join the active military or find war-related work until the cessation of hostilities. With a September 15 deadline, baseball's answer was to cut the regular season short, with the last games being played on Labor Day and the World Series starting on September 5. Ironically, the Armistace would be signed only eight weeks after the end of the "Late Summer" Classic. This book offers an interesting history of the early days of the game, the early days of the most famous baseball player of all time, and an insight into the background of the "Curse of Babe Ruth". This book is a must read for baseball historians and Red Sox fans. Yankee fans will also draw fiendish pleasure from the book, as a reminder of the eight decades of frustration suffered by fans of the Red Sox.

5-0 out of 5 stars 1918 : The Great Fix?
1918 is the year the Red Sox last won a World Series, and every opposing fan is pleased to remind them of that fact. Every baseball fan knows that Boston sold Babe Ruth to the Yankees and invoked the Curse of the Bambino. These facts have become part of the very fabric of the game.

Yet, amazingly, no-one has yet written an account of the momentous season, until now. The author, a Boston fan, has lovingly recreated that season, taking six years to research and write the book. The dedication to detail and historical truth shows in every line.

I feel it inevitable and ironic that, despite the wealth of detail and fact, this book will gain its reputation (or notoriety) because of the author's speculation that the 1918 Series may have been fixed, just like the 1919 White Sox series. Wood's impeccable research has brought to light some interesting facts (I won't spoil your reading of the book by going into them here) which, at the very least, draw a question mark over Boston's last World Series victory. It's certain to be the most controversial aspect of the book.

Aside from that, you'll find an affectionate portrait of the great Babe Ruth from his days as an ace pitcher, everything the most demanding fan could expect to know about the historic season, and a wealth of fascinating photographs, many of which haven't been published before. The photos themselves are worth the asking price for the book in my opinion.

Everyone with an interest in the history of the great game should have a copy of this book. Every Red Sox fan *needs* a copy. It might be the closest they ever come to savouring the taste of World Series victory :)

I can't resist ending this with a quote from the Boston Herald and Journal, September 13, 1918, which opens the book :

"Of course it is possible that some year will yet see a Boston team losing a world's championship."

Go Yankees :)

5-0 out of 5 stars A Must-Read for All Red Sox Fans
This book tells you the whole story of the last year the Red Sox won the World Series. The star of the show is none other than Babe Ruth. The book is also a biography of Ruth's life up to that year - and he was an amazing character!

"1918" also gives you a picture of baseball during those times. I was amazed to learn that gambling on baseball was rampant, and the owners and players argued about money just like they do now.

This book is packed with fascinating information, and also really fun to read. If you're a baseball fan, a Red Sox fan or a fan of the Babe, you'll love it. ... Read more

74. Tales from the Tribe Dugout
by Russell Schneider
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Tales from the Tribe Dugout is a colorful journey through the history of the Cleveland Indians. It includes memories, anecdotes, and stories in the players' and managers' own words. The Indians themselves tell about friendships and rivalries, wins and losses, home games and road stands, legends and heroes. Read, for example, about Max Alvis's most embarrassing moment on the field; find out why Mickey Cochrane ordered Harry Eisenstat to intentionally bean a batter; and groan about the time Doc Edwards figured out Cal Ripken's signals to the outfield, and the Indians scored ten runs by knowing what pitch was coming and still managed to lose the game. Some of the featured players included the Alomar brothers, Lou Boudreau, Orel Hershizer, Ralph Kiner, Minnie Minoso, and Omar Vizquel. The latest offering from Indians expert Russell Schneider, Tales from the Tribe Dugout, will provide hours of entertainment for Indians fans and baseball fans alike. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars No dedicated Cleveland Indians baseball fan should miss it
Tales From The Tribe Dugout: A Collection Of The Greatest Cleveland Indians Stories Ever Told compiled by Russell Schneider (professional sportswriter and Cleveland's "The Plain Dealer" columnist for 32 years), is an amazing anthology of the real life experiences of 135 former players, managers, coaches, and executives of the Cleveland Indians. These fascinating and informative anecdotes are usually brief, sometimes eye-opening, sometimes heart-rending, (and occasionally even a touch disturbing), as they describe the highs and lows of professional baseball. Black-and-white sketches of star players illustrate this true-to-life account written largely in the from of anecdotes and quotes from the stellar sports people themselves. No dedicated Cleveland Indians baseball fan should be without their own personal copy of Russell Schneider's Tales From The Tribe Dugout! ... Read more

by George F. Will
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In this New York Times bestseller, Pulitzer Prize-winning author George F. Will returns to baseball with more than seventy finely honed pieces about the sometimes recondite, sometimes frustrating, yet always passionately felt national pastime. Here are Will's eulogy for the late Curt Flood ("Dred Scott in Spikes"), Will on Ted Williams ("When Ted Williams retired in 1960, a sportswriter said that Boston knew how Britain felt when it lost India. Indeed, Britain felt diminished, but also a bit relieved"), and Will on his own baseball career ("I was a very late draft choice of the Mittendorf Funeral Home Panthers. Our color was black"). Here are subjects ranging from the author's 1977 purchase of a single share of stock in the Chicago Cubs to the memorable 1998 season, which is discussed in an all-new essay.

For fans of Men at Work and Will's other baseball writings, this book is as pleasurable as a well-executed bunt. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Bunts Hit A Homerun With Me!
Bunts by George F. Will is a collection of works written by Will between the years 1974 and 1997. Throughout this book, Will discusses the major changes in baseball, such as the designated hitter rule, unionization, recent franchise additions, free agency, and more. A long-suffering Chicago Cubs fan, Will, in several funny articles, describes what it is like to be a fan of a tema that hasn't won a pennant since World War II. A skilled political columnist, we are drawn into the argument over free agency and designated hitting. I love baseball, but sometimes find books about the sport to be tedious and overly stuffed with statistics. While this book does contain statistics (Will knows a great deal about the sport he loves), you're not smothered by them. It was a pleasurable read. The only part of the book I disliked was the rehashing (several times) of the strike disputes and how many times Will felt it necessary to prove that the owners were wrong about free agency. But believe me, you can get through that. Besides, this is a compilation of works - it's not like he intentionally meant to repeat himself. Will's reflections on baseball are remarkable considering that the man never played the sport professionally and is just an avid fan - so much of a fan in fact that he once owned stock in the Cubs franchise! The pictures are great, and the things I learned from this book. I thought I knew alot about baseball, but George F. Will proved me wrong in a way that I found to be interesting and alot of fun!

4-0 out of 5 stars An intelligent insight from an enduring fan of the game.
Will's book is segmented by nature. It is a collection of essays and reviews, and is therefore not a narrative at all. However, each short stanza reflects as much about Will's personal devotion to the game as his refreshingly candid assessments of American culture. It is primarily a book for Chicago Cubs fans. He traces the evolution of baseball as a whole and counterparts this with the mediocre constancy of his beloved Cubbies. "Bunts" is about undying patriotism to the American pastime and one's team. He speaks well of the connection between media broadcaster and team loyalty. Will cites evidence that an over-reaching Federal Communications Commission once tried to take control of baseball broadcasts and ban partisan sportscasting. If they had succeeded, the late Harry Caray would have never had the chance to delight us as the voice of the Cubs, whose popularity outnumbers nearly every team despite ninety years without winning a World Championship. For the real baseball fan, intent on remembering the past with sentimentalism, intelligence, and conservative flair "Bunts" belongs in the baseball book Hall of Fame.

4-0 out of 5 stars Bow-Tie Reflections on Baseball
Those who have read Will's "Men at Work" already are aware of the author's knowledge of the game as well as his talent to put it into words. This is a compilation of the author's articles on Baseball that have appeared primarily in his newspaper columns over the years. Mr. Will, a spokesman for the political right, discards his politics for these excursions into his passion. Indeed, one is surprized by how often Mr. Will sides with the players in the labor/management diputes that litter modern Baseball. The author shares his nostalgia for the past and his appreciation of the heros of the present. If he seems a bit caught up in his Cubs and Orioles, he can be forgiven because the reader has his/her own favorites. We know the frustration and joy of the same loyalties he shares with us.

I read the first two thirds of the book one "column" at a time between other books. I did so because I had read "The Best of Jim Murray" some years ago and did so over the course of several days. By the mid-point of that book, I came to the realization that Mr. Murray had written the same column for decades. It was just a matter of changing the name of the subject. You don't catch on to that reading two or three columns a week. Well, I read the last third of the book in the course of several hours. I did not get the same reaction that I got to Murray's book. However, I lost track of the number of times the total season attendance of the 1935 St. Louis Browns (80,922) was compared to the Opening Day attendance of the 1993 Colorado Rockies (80,227). There were other such repetitions of facts and figures that were noticeable when the book is read cover to cover. I suggest you savor the articles and let the book entertain you throughout the course of a summer or a year. However you choose to read it, don't miss this intellectual appreciation of what was once known as "America's Pasttime".

5-0 out of 5 stars Exemplary stuff
My grandfather taught me never to trust a man who wears a bow-tie, but I have to give George Will credit for his deep knowledge of the sport (which never bogs down into pedantry) and - a far rarer commodity in baseball writing - his sterling prose. You don't have to agree with his sour political conservatism (which, in an impressive display of self-knowledge, he attributes to being a Cubs fan) to find this a cracking good read.

4-0 out of 5 stars See what happens when he doesn't have to talk to Donaldson?
Baseball carries a unique distinction from the other major sports in America because of its long history and stubborn resistance to change. Will understands this, and the pieces collected here in Bunts display both a genuine affection for, and a keen understanding of, our national pastime. Combining the sharp analysis and scholarship one expects from George Will with a surprising amount of humour and wit (who knew?), Bunts will quickly become a favorite of any baseball fan (and help many a non-fan understand what the fuss is all about). George Will - sentimental romantic. Go figure. ... Read more

76. The Men in Blue: Conversations With Umpires
by Larry R. Gerlach
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5-0 out of 5 stars Fascinating!
This book is fascinating reading! Granted, because I have umpired some Little League games (and hope to umpire more), I may have more interest in this topic than the typical reader. However, I think even the "typical reader" would enjoy this book. I kept thinking that I did not want the book to end. A sequel would be more than welcome!

The interviews are laid out well and the reading is easy and entertaining. It is tied together well so that it does not seem like a jumble of questions and answers (it is not a question-and-answer format, but more of a prose format).

You get a feel for the game that you may never have gotten before. You get to hear a little about some of the great names of baseball (Williams, DiMaggio, Robinson, etc.) from a new perspective. It is amazing how similar all the different umpires feel about some players and managers. It certainly heightened my respect for the game, especially for the Men in Blue.

4-0 out of 5 stars Dealing with the Men in Blue
Every high school player should read this book. So should every college player or pedestrian professional baseball player. Men in Blue provides sound insight from the men who made the call on what makes them mad, makes them like a player, and how they make the rules fit the situation.

Gerlach provides the fan a better understanding of umpires. It convinced me to think twice before beefing at the ump when I go to games. Although written a bit like a text book without the excitement of a novel, the messages are clear and well presented.

Must reading for any true baseball enthusiast.

5-0 out of 5 stars Umpires as You've Never Known Them
Larry Gerlach has done all baseball fans a supreme favor by compiling oral history accounts from umpires who judged the game from every possible angle. "Men In Blue" will linger in your mind for weeks, as one rich anecdote after another comes to mind. Umpires never enter the game for glory; most feel they are doing a poor job if you notice them. And to a man, they say that umpiring can be taught, but never learned; you either have critical judging ability or you don't. After reading this book, your whole impression of baseball as a simple game will have no legs to stand on. Not only do umpires rule, they make or break a great American tradition. ... Read more

77. Jack Buck: Forever a Winner
by Carole Buck, Joe Buck, Julie Buck
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Hall of Fame broadcaster Jack Buck was loved by many and will be missed by everyone. Millions of fans heard his Cardinals broadcasts over the airwaves and were touched by his humor and enlightened by his knowledge and love of the game. After five decades as the voice of the Cardinals, Jack Buck will be remembered for his humor, charity, energy, and unwavering commitment to baseball and its fans. The pages of Jack Buck: Forever a Winner are filled with full-color photographs of Jack, from both his professional and his personal life, as well as photos of colleagues, athletes, coaches, political leaders, and celebrities who share experiences with Jack. The photographs are accompanied by poignant rememberances, quotes by and about Jack, and some of his memorable poetry. ... Read more

78. Once More Around the Park: A Baseball Reader
by Roger Angell
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Bestselling author and journalist Roger Angell has selected his favorite essays, articles and stories on baseball from the last thirty years to create the definitive volume of his most memorable work. The essays in this volume bring back extraordinary games and innings and performances that Angell has witnessed and written about so well, and give proof of his range and humor and virtuosity.
"Roger Angell's ONCE MORE AROUND THE PARK is a baseball book for all seasons. To read it is like watching a game unfold in its own good time over a long afternoon, hoping it will go into extra innings and last until sundown. . . . What puts ONCE MORE AROUND THE PARK on the big-league shelf is, above all, language and, after that, respect for the individuality and awe for the professionalism of its characters. Mr. Angell makes baseball sound like an art form; he demonstrates that writing about it is an art form, too." -- Herbert Mitgang, The New York Times
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4-0 out of 5 stars If only he weren't a Mets/Red Sox fan!
I'm only half-joking with my title for this review, but I think that speaks to the loyalty and intensity with which baseball fans follow their sport and favorite teams. That said, I say God bless Roger Angell for his insightful writings about the greatest of games. This book is an awesome and vital collection of essays, articles and stories that go beyond simple retelling of the games and innings and moments that are only the most visible aspects of the game. As a lifetime baseball fan, Angell puts into words ideas that I can only feel -- thoughts like, and I paraphrase because I've already lent the book out, "Baseball is cumulative. It rewards the stayer." I think Angell is at his best when he waxes poetic as opposed to explaining pitching or catching mechanics, but even his lesser essays shine a light on the game that most baseball fans don't have access to on their own. There's only one other baseball collection which I think eclipses this one, and that is "A Great and Glorious Game" by Bart Giamatti, the former Commissioner and academic. Not surprisingly, Angell also recognized Giamatti's genius, and wrote about it while Giamatti was still alive and acting as President of the National League. The story is one of my favotites in this collection. This book is a gem, and even when he writes specifically about his love of the Mets or Sox, I know it's from a true fan of the game and appreciate how important the game is to him, and, in turn, to me.

5-0 out of 5 stars the pinnacle
I have been fortunate enough to share a love of baseball and a particular interest in the Mets and the Red Sox with Roger Angell, though I've not followed him into his current infatuation with the Yankees. As a result, I've not only read all of his books, his name is also one of the few whose appearance in The New Yorker's Table of Contents suffices by itself to get me to buy the magazine.

Since 1962, which was fortuitously the inaugural year of the Mets, Mr. Angell has written several baseball essays a year for The New Yorker. There's always one on Spring Training and one on the World Series, then a couple of mid-season updates. The earliest pieces, covering the years 1962 to 1972, were collected in The Summer Game (1973). Subsequent five year chunks appeared in Five Seasons (1978), Late Innings (1982), and Season Ticket (1988), then came Once More Around the Park (1991), which mostly reprinted selections from those prior volumes, all of which are, disgracefully, out of print.

Baseball has attracted an extravagantly talented assortment of writers but no one has ever written more beautifully about the intricacies and every day charms of the game than Angell, nor captured the idiosyncrasies of individual players in greater detail. It's impossible to match his prose, so let's allow him to speak for himself :

* Any baseball is beautiful. No other small package comes as close to the ideal in design and utility. It is a perfect object for a man's hand. Pick it up and it instantly suggests its purpose: it is meant to be thrown a considerable distance-thrown hard and with precision. Its feel and heft are the beginning of the sport's critical dimensions; if it were a fraction of an inch larger or smaller, a few centigrams heavier or lighter, the game of baseball would be utterly different. Hold a baseball in your hand ... Feel the ball, turn it over in your hand; hold it across the seam or the other way, with the seam just to the side of your middle finger. Speculation stirs. You want to get outdoors and throw this spare and sensual object to somebody or, at the very least, watch somebody else throw it. The game has begun. -"On the Ball", Five Seasons

* Baseball's clock ticks inwardly and silently, and a man absorbed in a ball game is caught in a slow, green place of removal and concentration and in a tension that is screwed up slowly and ever more tightly with each pitcher's windup and with the almost imperceptible forward lean and little half-step with which the fielders accompany each pitch... Any persistent effort to destroy this unique phenomenon, to "use up" baseball's time with planned distractions, will in fact transform the sport into another mere entertainment and thus hasten its descent to the status of a boring and stylized curiosity. -The Summer Game

* Since baseball time is measured only in outs, all you have to do is succeed utterly; keep hitting, keep the rally alive, and you have defeated time. You remain forever young. -"The Interior Stadium", The Summer Game

* The box score, being modestly arcane, is a matter of intense indifference, if not irritation, to the non-fan. To the baseball-bitten, it is not only informative, pictorial, and gossipy but lovely in aesthetic structure. It represents happenstance and physical flight exactly translated into figures and history. Its totals - batters' credit vs. pitchers' debit - balance as exactly as those in an accountant's ledger. And a box score is more than a capsule archive. It is a precisely etched miniature of the sport itself, for baseball, in spite of its grassy spaciousness and apparent unpredictability, is the most intensely and satisfyingly mathematical of all our outdoor sports. Every player in every game is subjected to a cold and ceaseless accounting; no ball is thrown and no base is gained without an instant responding judgment - ball or strike, hit or error, yea or nay - and an ensuing statistic. This encompassing neatness permits the baseball fan, aided by experience and memory, to extract from a box score the same joy, the same hallucinatory reality, that pickles the scalp of a musician when he glances at a page of his score of Don Giovanni and actually hears bassos and sopranos, woodwinds and violins. -"Box Scores", The Summer Game

* This is a linear sport. Something happens and then something else happens, and then the next man comes up and digs in at the plate. Here's the pitch, and here, after a pause, is the next. There's time to write it down in your scorecard or notebook, and then perhaps to look about and reflect on what's starting to happen out there now. It's not much like the swirl and blur of hockey and basketball, or the highway crashes of the NFL.

Baseball is the writer's game, and its train of thought, we come to sense, is a shuttle, carrying us constantly forward to the next pitch or inning, or the sudden double into the left-field corner, but we keep hold of the other half of our ticket, for the return trip on the same line. We anticipate happily, and, coming home, reenter an old landscape brightened with fresh colors. Baseball games and plays and mannerisms-the angle of a cap-fade stubbornly and come to mind unbidden, putting us back in some particular park on that special October afternoon or June evening. The players are as young as ever, and we, perhaps not entirely old. -Once More Around the Park

* There are baseball fans, it must be admitted, who don't like Tim McCarver's stuff. After they've listened to the celebrated baseball analyst working another World Series game, say, or a Fox Saturday Baseball Game of the Week, or a WNYW Yankees game, with Bobby Murcer, or, before that for many years, a Mets yawner or triumph with Ralph Kiner as sidekick, certain friends of mine have found fault. A few of them sound apologetic about it, as if they have failed Tim somehow; others plain can't stand him. Because I don't understand any of this, I have been at pains to listen to their whinings, which can be easily summarized: Tim McCarver likes to talk. He laughs and enjoys himself at ballgames. He makes jokes -- puns, even. He uses fancy words. He's excitable -- he gets carried away by the baseball. He's always going on and on about some little thing. He thinks he knows how the game should be played. He knows too much. -"The Bard in the Booth", The New Yorker, September 6, 1999

There are of course those philistines who dislike baseball, and even baseball fans who simply dislike this kind of myth-tinged writing about the game. For the rest of us, the essays of Roger Angell are a must.

We've had a particularly tough winter here in New England--as I write, it is March 31st and we just got another foot of snow. But pick up any one of Roger Angell's books, turn to just about any one of his essays (though you might want to avoid a few of those in Late Innings, when he got caught up in the hysteria over rising salaries and free agency), read one of his descriptions of a play or a player and he effortlessly transports you into that Interior Stadium. There are really only two sports that live on in our minds : golf and baseball. In fact, many years ago I learned a trick to help you get to sleep if you're having trouble--as you lay abed, either play eighteen holes at your favorite course or figure out how you would pitch to your favorite team for nine innings. It's no coincidence that these two sports, which have lent themselves to most of the truly great literature of sport, are the two which can be summoned thus in the imagination.

Roger Angell's writing is so evocative, it too seems to tap into your store of memories,--of players, plays, and games--enabling you to visualize most of the scenes he writes about. Writing in general, and sports writing in particular, just doesn't get any better than this.

GRADE : A+ ... Read more

79. More Tales from Baseball's Golden Age
by New York Daily News, Gene Fehler
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After the runaway success of his Tales from Baseball's Golden Age, Gene Fehler presents his second installation, More Tales from Baseball's Golden Age. It is a collection of anecdotes, memories, and stories from the men who played baseball during its heyday, in the '40s and '50s. Stories include reminiscences about playing with or against baseball legends such as Hank Aaron, Mickey Mantle, Satchel Paige, and Ted Williams; including interviews with nearly two dozen players who were not heard from in Tales from Baseball's Golden Age. Mr. Fehler combines lifetime statistics and personal interviews with over 50 Hall of Famers, All-Stars, and ordinary players to create a memorable book sure to delight any baseball fan, young or old. ... Read more

80. Triumph and Tragedy in Mudville: A Lifelong Passion for Baseball
by Stephen Jay Gould
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"Scientific analysis intersects with flat-out fandom. [Gould] could write, he was funny, and he loved, loved baseball."—Booklist

Science meets sport in this vibrant collection of baseball essays by the late evolutionary biologist.Among Stephen Jay Gould's many gifts was his ability to write eloquently about baseball, his great passion. Through the years, the renowned paleontologist published numerous essays on the sport; these have now been collected in a volume alive with the candor and insight that characterized all of Gould's writing. Here are his thoughts on the complexities of childhood streetball and the joys of opening day; tributes to Mickey Mantle, Babe Ruth, and lesser-knowns such as deaf-mute centerfielder "Dummy" Hoy; and a frank admission of the contradictions inherent in being a lifelong Yankees fan with Red Sox season tickets. Gould also deftly applies the tools of evolutionary theory to the demise of the .400 hitter, the Abner Doubleday creation myth, and the improbability of Joe DiMaggio's 56-game hitting streak.

This book is a delight, an essential addition to Gould's remarkable legacy, and a fitting tribute to his love for the game. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Five Star Essays about Baseball and Life
This book should provide plenty of enjoyment for every baseball fan and all the devotees of the late essayist Stephen Jay Gould. While I will touch on the flaws later (because in some ways the totality of this posthumously published collection of Gould's essays is less than the sum of the parts), this is a wonderful book to sample at your leisure. Many of the pieces manage to be thought provoking and incredibly nostalgic at the same time. One of my favorites in this regard was an incredibly brief piece (The Babe's Final Strike) originally published in the NY Times in 1984 regarding the strikeout of Dale Mitchell by Don Larsen to complete the only perfect game in World Series history. It revived both my memory of watching those final moments on our small black and white TV on October 8, 1956 after arriving home from high school late in the game and also recalled the controversy that raged over the strike three call by Babe Pinelli that both guaranteed Don Larsen a place in the record books and also ensured that particular film clip of Yogi Berra jumping into Larsen's arms the status of perpetual inclusion in world series highlight collections.

One of the best pieces in the book is actually the introduction by David Halberstam, a good friend of Gould's, a fellow intellectual, and an ardent baseball fan himself. It is literally the perfect bookend for the last selection in the book, a wonderful reprint of a long piece in the NEW YORK REVIEW OF BOOKS which manages to incorporate a meaningful summary review of ten diverse baseball biographies into a discussion of the elemental attraction of baseball, the parallel changes in the sport and our culture while mixing grandiose generalizations with little known facts. In between these two marvelous selections are pieces as diverse as a lengthy tribute to THE AMAZING DUMMY (about both the often overlooked exploits of Dummy Hoy and also the role of nicknames in baseball) and FREUD AT THE BALLPARK, a very brief piece about how the author finally came to terms years later with the loss of the 1955 subway series by his beloved Yankees to the hated Brooklyn Dodgers.

The book is composed of four sections. The first is REFLECTIONS AND EXPERIENCE, which is comprised of thought pieces about various aspects and events of the game. The second is HEROES LARGE, SMALL, AND FALLEN, which includes pieces on Mickey Mantle, Dusty Rhodes, Mel Allen, Jim Thorpe, Joe Dimaggio and "Shoeless Joe" Jackson in addition to the selection on Dummy Hoy; of course all these selections are about much more than the individuals profiled and their impact on the game. The third section is titled NATURE, HISTORY, AND STATISTICS AS MEANING. It examines some of the myths of baseball and such questions as "why no one hits .400 any more" and whether Joe Dimaggio's 56 game hitting streak really was an achievement in a class by itself. The last section is simply entitled CRITICISM. It is a collection of some of the best topical book reviews which Gould wrote, which are always a taking off point for an elegant discussion of some aspect of the game.

Despite the fact that I consider the great majority of the essays in this collection to deserve five star ratings, there are several factors about the book which kept me from rating it five stars. First, with the exception of Halberstam's foreword and Gould's introduction, these are set pieces all of which have appeared elsewhere and thus suffer from repetition of some of the author's favorite musings and ideas. (I suspect that given his death the editors were less ruthless than he would have been about correcting this flaw.) Second, some of the pieces are slightly dated and the reader is left to wonder how Gould would have responded to recent events impacting the sport (e.g. the undoubted effect of questionable substances on the obliteration of power hitting records in such areas as home runs and slugging average). Last, in a collection of this length and this diversity, it is almost inevitable that a few of the selections will suffer in comparison to the best of the group. Even if this reaction is only due to my preferences and prejudices as an individual reader, it still is a factor that influenced my overall reaction to the book. While there are several pieces that I found very memorable and/or educational (some of which I have in fact reread), others seemed only of average quality compared to the work of other good sportswriters. So I heartily recommend the book with the caveat that most readers will probably want to take time to savor some of the pieces while quickly browsing others. But practically everyone will reflect that we are all undoubtedly the richer for the unique insights furnished us by Gould as he managed to combine the knowledge gained from his lifelong career as a paleontologist with his passion for the game of baseball.

Tucker Andersen

4-0 out of 5 stars Baseball Stories from a Lifelong Fan
Stephen Jay Gould grew up in New York City as a Yankees' fan during the late forties and into the fifties, a great time to learn to love the game of baseball. For those of us fortunate to grow up during this era many of Gould's stories are familiar yet entertaining from his point of view. Dusty Rhodes' heroics during the '54 Fall Classic and Don Larsen pitching his way to perfection in '56 are two examples. The only drawback to the book from my point of view is the emphasis on why he feels noone will ever hit .400 anymore. I am not a fan of statistics and charts, and a special section is devoted to figures which I realize entertain many baseball fans, but not this one. I prefer stories, and Stephen Jay Gould has provided a number of them for baseball fans to cuddle up with. It's a shame that his life was cut short in May of 2002 from cancer, but he did provide us with this book in addition to his comments on Ken Burns's video history of baseball a few years ago.

3-0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing
Based on Prof. Gould's previous books and his appearances in, among others, the Ken Burns Baseball series, I was supremely disappointed by this book, although perhaps for reasons other than those expressed by other reviewers.

Anyone who has read Prof. Gould's other books should know that he is an acquired taste, whether his subject is baseball, paleontology, evolution, or what have you. Many of his books have passages or whole sections that are simply unreadable but the remainder manages to buoy them up. However, because Prof. Gould was in the process of dying as he finished some of the later dated essays and the rest are culled from his history of writing on the sport, it only stands to reason that there is going to be a lot of repetition (he traces his family's history of Yankee fandom so many times I lost count) and his better chapters are the shorter, more distinct ones than the lengthy scientific breakdowns like why no one hits .400 any more.

I could have done without the last section of baseball book and movie reviews - they were okay but they didn't do anything for me, perhaps because Prof. Gould was simply reacting to the work of others rather than producing his own contemplations.

It is a true shame that Prof. Gould's last work should leave so much to be desired, but there are lots of other volumes of his out there if one wants to revisit them.

3-0 out of 5 stars Did he root for the Yankees????
Two things are crystal after the first eight or so essays in Triumph: Gould hails from New York, and he grew up rooting for the Yankees.

That's, apparently, all he had to say in the first section.

I hated it: an egocentric and elongated indulgence into his childhood, peppered with snippets of baseball history to build up his credibility.

But the tone shifted.

Triumph comes in four pieces: one's the aforementioned section on Gould himself; the second's on "hereos," including Mantle and Thorpe; third's on baseball as a sport and a piece of culture, and the fourth's a collection of book and movie reviews.

If you can stomach (or skip) the 47 pages of "Reflections and Experiences," do it: the rest is surprisingly pleasant. You'll find good works on why Jim Thorpe might be the greatest athlete ever, why The Babe (the movie) was terrible, and the creation myths of baseball.

He's not Roger Angell, but Gould did pretty well.

1-0 out of 5 stars Parody, or just awful?
For a few chapters, I thought this was simply the worst book about baseball I'd ever read. The late genius Prof. Gould seemed less interested in entertaining or informing than in impressing us with obscure allusions and dropping the name of every other genius or celebrity he's ever met. But then it occurred that perhaps Gould was parodying the pompous blowhards he probably spent most of his life enduring in academe. Consider these two sentences from Ch. 8 alone:

"We may, on the rarest of occasions, enjoy the privilege of watching a person who can do something so much better than anyone else on the planet that we have to wonder if he really belongs to our universal tribe of Homo sapiens. I can cite only two such experiences in my previous fifty-seven years of life, both musical: when, in the late 1960s, I heard Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau sing Schubert's Die Schone Mullerin, and even his triple pianissimos penetrated like pinpricks of utter beauty to my seat in the last row of the last balcony of Symphony Hall; and when, two years ago at the Metropolitan Opera, I saw the world's greatest performers in each part boost their combined talents far above the sum of their individual strengths when they sang the first act of Wagner's Die Walkure: Placido Domingo as Siegmund, Deborah Voigt as Sieglinde, and Matti Salminen as Hunding, with James Levine conducting the finest orchestra ever assembled in operatic history."

Phew. Now that's remarkably boring and self-absorbed--but when you imagine an arrogant snob like Frasier Crane delivering those words, it becomes sort of amusing. And could it be that was what Gould was going for? To satirize, rather than nauseate?

Naaaa. This book is not about baseball or much else beside Gould's need to impress us with his Big Brain, Refined Taste, and Fabulous Life (which he remembered in excrucitaing detail). Don't waste your time. ... Read more

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