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141. Growing Up With Baseball: How We Loved and Played the Game
by Gary Land
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Catlog: Book (2004-07-01)
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
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142. Crossing the Line: Black Major Leaguers, 1947-1959
by Larry Moffi, Jonathan Kronstadt
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Catlog: Book (1996-02-01)
Publisher: University of Iowa Press
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On April 15, 1947, Jackie Robinson opened the season at first base for the Brooklyn Dodgers, going 0 for 3 with a sacrifice and integrating major league baseball. Though stars such as Willie Mays and Hank Aaron quickly made their marks, it was not until 1959 that the Boston Red Sox called up a light-hitting infielder named Pumpsie Green, thus to become the last team to break baseball's color barrier.From 1947 through 1959, over 100 African American players made it to the major leagues. Each of these players is profiled in this comprehensive reference work-their playing careers and the on- and off-field difficulties they encountered in integrating the game. Some were stars, most (such as Green, Billy Bruton, and Harry Simpson) were average players, but all were pioneers in the sport. For each, career statistics and a capsule biography are provided. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Crossing the Line is great.
I like this book.I like black baseball players.Jackie Robinson is my hero, he played for the Dodgers, and was very black.I think that I will start liking Thomas Edison Alston better because of his story on page 108-09.He was a tall black man from North Carolina, I live in South Carolina so that is close to my home.I am not black though, if that matters to you.I have a learning disorder and writing this essay will help with bettering my condition.I think that if I lived in 1947-59 I would like black people better than those mean white baseball players did.I mean some of those players names I have heard before because they had strong black powers to hit the ball far, like Hank Aaron, he played in Atlanta, I live near where he played too, and my daddy watched him hit home runs very far.He was number 44. ... Read more


143. Professional Baseball Franchises: From the Abbeville Athletics to the Zanesville Indians
by Peter Filichia
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Catlog: Book (1993-02-01)
Publisher: Facts on File
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144. Pitching Secrets of the Pros
by WayneStewart
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Publisher: McGraw-Hill
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The first book of its kind to teach the art of pitching from an anecdotal perspective, Pitching Secrets of the Pros provides a wealth of practical information through exclusive interviews and historical research. Gaylord Perry, Trevor Hoffman, Curt Schilling, Bob Feller, and Greg Maddux are only a few of the big-league pitchers and catchers who share their insights with aspiring hurlers, teaching readers about styles and strategies, fastballs and faults, and everything they need to gain a competitive edge on the mound.

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145. Tales from the Yankee Dugout: A Collection of the Greatest Yankee Stories ever Told
by Ken McMillan
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Asin: 1582612846
Catlog: Book (2001-05-30)
Publisher: Sports Publishing
Sales Rank: 269994
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Sit on the bench with Yogi and Casey, in the locker room with Mickey and Babe, and in the bullpen with Whitey and Sparkey. Tales from the Yankee Dugout is a compilation of the funniest, strangest and most unique stories, anedotes and tall tales that have been attributed to former person- alities from basball's legendary New York Yankees. Contains more than two dozen caricatures by noted sports illustrator Robert Jackson. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Decent Stories
These are decent stories, generally a paragraph or two per subject and several pages per person (see the Table of Contents online). Most of them are entertaining and make for quick reading when convenient.

5-0 out of 5 stars Clever and entertaining
This compendium of stories is sure to delight the baseball fan in any house (even if they're not rooting for the Yankees)! Some of the stories were laugh-out-loud funny. A great gift idea. ... Read more


146. Pennants and Pinstripes: The New York Yankees 1903-2002
by Ray Robinson, Christopher Jennison
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Asin: 0670892149
Catlog: Book (2002-04-01)
Publisher: Viking Studio
Sales Rank: 511538
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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In 2002, the New York Yankees will celebrate their one-hundredth anniversary-and what a first century they have enjoyed! Whether you love them or hate them, they are the most storied team in baseball history, having captured thirty-seven American League Pennants and twenty-six World Series championships.To commemorate this historic year, Ray Robinson and Christopher Jennison, who collaborated on Yankee Stadium, have pulled together a striking volume illuminating all of the greatest moments of the Bronx Bombers. All the great Yankee luminaries are here, from Babe Ruth to Bernie Williams, Lou Gehrig to Reggie Jackson, Mickey Mantle to Derek Jeter-with every Tom (Tresh), Dick (Howser), and Harry (Howell, the franchise's first winning pitcher) thrown in.

Featuring more than 150 photographs, contributions from experts such as Hall-of-Famer Yogi Berra and commentator Bob Costas, and picks for the "all-time Yankee team," Pennants and Pinstripes will be the ultimate tribute to the century's ultimate ball club-and a must-have for any baseball fan.
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5-0 out of 5 stars A Fan's Delight
This is a wonderful book for all baseball fans. Whether you love the Yankees or hate them, you will be fascinated by the historical insights the writers deliver. Well written, with great photos, this book will provide hours and hours of pleasure. Perusing the book one comes across characters from the past such as Jack Chesbro and Prince Hal Chase, and from more recent times, such as Yogi Berra, Dave Winfield, and Mickey Mantle who make baseball history come alive. Historical anecdotes about how the Yankees got their name and their pinstripes, the history of Yankee stadium, and controversial plays all make this book a delightful source of information for any baseball fan. A great gift!

3-0 out of 5 stars Pennants and Pinstripes
For a sports team that has had more books written about it than any in history, it is admittedly getting more and more difficult to uncover new insights to the Yankees (except for perhaps the pre-1920 teams). So it isn't unfair to say that much of the info covered in this books has been said before. But there are many photos not previously seen--or at least photos that have had very little previous circulation. The book is a very handsome publication and it indeed another library must have for the Yankee fanatic.

3-0 out of 5 stars Don't Judge This By Its Cover
The cover of this book is great. The contents are somewhat less so. This is an illustrated history with a heavy accent on "illustrated." Lots of pictures, many of them quite good, but many others are poorly reproduced and below what one would expect in such a book. The "history" portion of the book is superfiscial - if you've read many other books about the Yankees this isn't going to tell you anything you don't already know. I was hoping for a thorough history of the team, but this is mostly re-hash and seems to have been told from accounts in other books. Adequate for what it is, but not comprehensive and certainly not among the best books ever written about the Yankees.

5-0 out of 5 stars A dream for Yankee fans! Packed with pictures and stories
I've been hooked ever since my dad told me stories about Mantle and Maris. I quickly latched on to Don Mattingly and I've never stopped loving this team.

This book is packed with photos and stories covering the entire history of the Yankees. I keep getting myself lost in it and hours pass without me noticing.

One of the nicest touches is the all-time Yankee picks. Famous sportswriters, television personalities, and famous fans pick their personal all-time Yankee teams. Some are definitely biased towards the era that particular writer loved them, but they are all great. What the heck, here's my picks.

1B - Lou Gehrig (Best first baseman ever)
2B - Tony Lazzeri (Batted leadoff during the Ruth/Gehrig years)
SS - Derek Jeter (He is the reason for the last 6 years)
3B - Graig Nettles (Combination of bat and glove)
OF - Babe Ruth (Best player ever)
OF - Joe DiMaggio (56)
OF - Mickey Mantle (Those damn knees)
C - Yogi Berra (Best AL catcher ever - Pudge is closing in though)

SP - Whitey Ford
SP - Red Ruffing
RP - Mariano Rivera

Okay, it's not risky, but what the heck.

Highly Recommended ... Read more


147. Line Drives: 100 Contemporary Baseball Poems (Writing Baseball)
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Asin: 0809324407
Catlog: Book (2002-03-01)
Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press
Sales Rank: 542902
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars The best baseball poetry book out there
When it comes to baseball poetry, nobody knows his stuff better than Tim Wiles, and that expertise is evident in the outstanding quality of this collection. Many of the expected poets are here, but so are many I'd never heard of before whose work I am glad to have been exposed to. The poems range in tone from somber and serious to playful and irreverent. One of my particular favorites is the entry by former pitcher Dan Quisenberry, who was a funny guy and had quite a way with words.

I keep this book on my nightstand and try to read one poem each night before I go to sleep. Except I often have a hard time reading just one.

5-0 out of 5 stars Variety and quality
I thoroughly enjoyed this collection.Sometimes with anthologies of sports-related fiction/poetry, I've been disappointed because there seemed to be differing levels of quality.With Line Drives, I was satisfied because all of the poems were worth reading-they offered a consistently high level of quality and all had interesting insights or fun ideas.Then there were a number of them that were among the best baseball poems I have ever read.Katharine Harer's "The Cure" speaks with a tremendous depth of understanding of the game and the emotions that go into our continued obsession with it.Joseph Stanton's "Stealing Home" uses an engaging poetic technique to compare the difficult return to the place where we grew up with that difficult play in the game.Dan Quisenberry's "Baseball Cards" offers an important perspective on players' insecurities and the myriad aspects of their lives that fans never see.

I also appreciated that the poems collected here do not revert to cliché comparisons or images when they connect baseball to life.In fact, some of them work against clichés.David C. Ward's "Isn't it pretty to think so?" challenges the idealization of fathers and sons playing catch and reminds us that individual experience is much more powerful and thought-provoking than any (false) perfect image.The poems felt fresh and that was in large part because many of the poets used personal experience as the starting point, reaching out to the game to make connections between their lives and those of the reader.As a result, I think that even those who are not baseball fans would appreciate and enjoy many of these poems.As a baseball fan, I know I'll enjoy rereading this collection and I think most baseball fans would as well. ... Read more


148. This Side of Cooperstown: An Oral History of Major League Baseball in the 1950s
by Larry Moffi
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Catlog: Book (1996-01-01)
Publisher: University of Iowa Press
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149. USA Today/Sports Weekly Years Best Baseball Writing 2005
by Matthew Silverman, Greg Spira
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Asin: 0786715014
Catlog: Book (2005-02-09)
Publisher: Carroll & Graf
Sales Rank: 594553
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Every year, a varied line-up of talented writers step up to the plate to find inspiration at the ballpark. The opportunity to view each passing season through the lens of such an array of talents and perspectives has prompted USA TODAY Sports Weekly to launch the first ever annual collection of the finest baseball writing of the year. Culled from newspapers, Web sites, books, and magazines, this book examines the major news and events of the season-from Barry Bonds's quest for immortality amid steroid rumors to Randy Johnson's obtainment of it with a perfect game at age forty-one-as explored by such stellar reporters as Lisa Winston, Bob Nightengale, Buster Olney, Bob Ryan, and Rob Neyer. Sports Weekly editor Paul White also chooses samples of the year's best writing about the game's past, shedding new light on some of its most cherished teams and players: Leigh Montville's biography of Ted Williams and Jeff Pearlman's The Bad Guys Won, an exposé of the raucous '86 world champion Mets, to name just two examples. USA TODAY Sports Weekly's Best Baseball Writing 2005 marks the beginning of what will be an eagerly awaited annual event for baseball fans and enthusiasts of superlative sports writing. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Contemporary Baseball Writing
Sometimes with baseball we tend to get too nostalgic, and sometimes we fall into the same trap with baseball writers. Well, this book provides an array of contemporary baseball writing that is also outstanding. There are truly many fine baseball writers today--including Bill Madden, Paul White, and David Pietrusza, just to name a few--and editors Matt Silverman and Greg Spira have done a fine job in collecting their works from the last two years. The writing contained in this volume includes a nice mix of articles on baseball history (such as Chris Lamb's story on Jackie Robinson's first spring training camp in 1946) and on current-day issues (such as John Thorn's assessment of Barry Bonds).

Silverman and Spira, two knowledgeable baseball people themselves, have provided a wide range of topics and subjects, making this book appealing to a broad audience of baseball and literary fans. I hope that Best Baseball Writing becomes an annual staple of the baseball bookshelves. ... Read more


150. I Remember Harry Caray
by Rich Wolfe, George Castle
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Catlog: Book (1998-07-01)
Publisher: Sports Publishing
Sales Rank: 81191
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Harry Caray broadcast over 8,000 regular season games. His first game was on opening day in 1945. Harry packed 883 years of living into and 83-year life and lived by a simple credo: "The meter is running so you'd better live it up." ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars How can u beat Harry Caray?
I Remember Harry Caray is a good book and i highly suggest buying it if you are a die hard Cubs fan like myself. This book has some very good stories in it about Harry and the Cubbies. Harry Caray is in my mind what really kept me watching the Cubs through their terrible years and this book is the perfect tribute to a wonderful man. ... Read more


151. Summer of '49
by David Halberstam
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Catlog: Book (1997-02-01)
Publisher: Avon Books
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Average Customer Review: 4.46 out of 5 stars
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With the airwaves saturated with so much sporting choice, it's hard to imagine how, not that long ago, baseball so completely dominated the landscape and captured imaginations. Given the 1949 season that veteran journalist David Halberstam meticulously recreates, maybe it's not so hard after all. It was a season of great public and personal drama for the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees, with the conflict finally resolving itself in a Yankee pennant following a head-to-head showdown on the final day of the season. Each team was led by a star of the highest magnitude: Joe DiMaggio spurred the Yankees despite missing half the season with a foot injury; Ted Williams virtually carried the Sox on his back, missing an unprecedented third Triple Crown by mere decimal points on his batting average.Halberstam focuses much of his narrative on the trials of these two individual sporting giants, adding fine supporting performances by Yogi Berra, Ellis Kinder, Dom DiMaggio, even restaurateur Toots Shoor. Both on and off the field, Halberstam beautifully captures the ethos of a more innocent game that no longer exists, played by heroes far more driven by their pride than by their salaries. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Good look at bygone game.
Some baseball seasons are more important than others- the 1941 season saw the twin feats of Joe DiMaggio's 56 game hitting streak and Ted Williams .406 batting average, the 1951 season saw the incredible comeback of the New York Giants and Robby Thomson's miracle home run, and the 1964 season saw the final decline and fall of the New York Yankees.

The 1949 season is a special one for baseball as well. The New York Yankees, poised to begin their glory years, would square off with a talented Boston Red Sox team and defeat it in dramatic style thanks to the heroics of an injured Joe DiMaggio.

Summer of '49 is David Halberstam's story of that astounding season. More than a simple account of the season's wins and losses, Halberstam delves deep into the background of the players and coaches. The picture that comes into focus is a fascinating look at the way baseball was played in the 1940s and 50s, when players (many of whom had grown up on small farms in the Great Depression) fought hard to win and played every day as if it were their last. While not quite as interesting as his "October 1964", Halberstam has nevertheless written a wonderfully exciting account of what baseball was like over a half century ago.

This is a book that will make any baseball enthusiast smile.

5-0 out of 5 stars I have to say this is one of my all-time favorite books!
"Take me out to the ballgame..." One might find themselves singing the endearing, catchy tune after reading, Summer of '49 written by Pulitzer-prize winner, David Halberstam. The reader is drawn into the baseball universe in a time when it truly was "America's favorite pastime." The era Halberstam captivates is a time when young children played outside the stadium in hopes to catch a glimpse of their favorite players. It was a time when even Red Sox fans cheered for DiMaggio when he was back in the game after recovering from an injury. The era was surrounded with the glamour of baseball in the purest sense. There was something captivating about being at the game, cheering for the team while eating peanuts and hot dogs. From the New York Yankees greatest player, Joe DiMaggio to Ted Williams of the Boston Red Sox and the less famous names in between, Halberstam pulls us into the good times and hardships that came with being on two of the most successful teams of the sport. As readers, we are attracted to everything about this great sport because Halberstam makes us care about the individuals and the teams contributing to its success. The great players portrayed in this book not only shape baseball, but are a major aspect in shaping part of US history in the 20th Century as well. Halberstam brings the players to us and makes us appreciate their hard work and love of the game. This book is about excellence, the joy of being a part of a team. We see the importance of not just being good, but being better. Better than you thought you were or what others think you can do. It is about human nature and the nature of baseball.

5-0 out of 5 stars DiMaggio vs Williams
This very easily readable book is about the pennant race between perennial rivals Yankees and Red Sox. Half way through the season the Yankees lead the Red Sox by at least ten games but the Sox make an amazing comeback. The last game of the season will decide who will play the Dodgers in the World Series....

Besides being a beautiful account of the 1949 season it is also a nice biography of all the players involved. An ailing Joe DiMaggio, a young Yogi Berra, a brilliant Williams and Kinder

and Doerr. Great names from a great era.

With this book Halberstam again has shown that in America serious historians can also write about baseball, America's national pasttime.

4-0 out of 5 stars best moment in baseball
I think that this book is one of the best baseball books that I have ever read. I think that people who want to know about the history of the Red Sox and the Yankees should read this book. This book is about the1939 to 1949 seasons. It talks about a number of players and it explains everything that they had to go through before they got into the major leagues. The players are all from the Yankees and the Red Sox. Also, it is very interesting because it talks about how hot it was in 1948 while they were playing baseball. I think that all Yankees and Red Sox fans should read this book.

4-0 out of 5 stars "Classic Baseball"
At times while reading Halberstam's book, it felt as if the literature came to life as if I were watching the final game on ESPN Classic. Halberstam's picture illustrations of players and team personell only reinforces his compelling account of one of the most intense and exciting pennant chases of all-time. Both clubs experienced distraction during that summer; New York, injury proned to DiMaggio and others. Boston, seemed to have "eggo-identities" with some players. In addition, the great Ted Williams had constant issues with the Boston media and fans, which only interfered with their quest to capture the pennant. Although New York sustained a better Front-Office than Boston in 1949, both organizations remained adamant by refusing to sign minority players to thier rosters. Maybe, if the Boston Front-Office would have up-graded thier pitching staff, history would have written a different page. Overall, I enjoyed another Halberstam classic, it is definitley a keeper for baseball historians alike.
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152. Ernest Thayer's "Casey at the Bat": Background and Characters of Baseball's Most Famous Poem
by Jim Moore, Natalie Vermilyea
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Asin: 0899509975
Catlog: Book (1994-10-01)
Publisher: McFarland & Company
Sales Rank: 1448687
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Ernest Thayer's "Casey at the Bat" was first published in the San Francisco Daily Examiner in 1888.Thayer's background is examined here as the basis for determining the origins of the colorful characters behind his "Ballad of the Republic"-men who may have been "Casey," "Flynn," "Cooney" and other members of the Mudville Nine. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars The poem is very eccentric than many others that I've read.
The main reason on why I have reveiwed this book and have given it a 4-stars is because it's a great poem, but there are a few words missing that could and should be in it.

4-0 out of 5 stars Scholarly, with a touch of humor
Definitely readable. A must for 'Casey' fans and for school libraries. ... Read more


153. The Sandlot Game: An Anthology of Baseball Writings
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Catlog: Book (1997-03-01)
Publisher: Masters Press
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With so much good baseball writing curving past the out-of-print side of the foul pole, any newcollection that gathers such all-stars as Roger Angell, Jimmy Breslin, Tom Boswell, Arthur Daley, DavidHalberstam, W.C. Heinz, Roger Kahn, Jim Murray, and Red Smith immediately attains major league status.In The Sandlot Game all are represented by terrific selections: Murray on Sandy Koufax, Breslin onthe '62 Mets, and Smith on the death of Jackie Robinson are master works of the genre. But it's theunexpected--such as Pat Jordan's profile of out-of-control minor league fire-baller Steve Dalkowski and thestream-of-consciousness snippet from Peter Cohen's 1961 novel Diary of a Simple Man, that reallyputs this collection in a league of its own among recent baseball anthologies. ... Read more


154. A Day of Light and Shadows: One Die-Hard Red Sox Fan and His Game of a Lifetime: The Boston-New York Playoff, 1978
by Schwartz Jonathan
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Asin: 1592280633
Catlog: Book (2003-09-01)
Publisher: The Lyons Press
Sales Rank: 344418
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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DESTINY 5 - RED SOX 4 declared one Boston headline after Bucky Dent's unlikely home run had cost the Red Sox the dramatic 1978 playoff game at Fenway Park against the Yankees for the Eastern Division title of the American League. No one has commented more eloquently and openly on destiny's victories over the Sox and their devoted fans through the years than writer and New York radio personality Jonathan Schwartz, who left his heart in Fenway at an early age. Schwartz's stirring and unusually intimate account of the beauty and heartbreak of that resplendent day in '78 appeared in Sports Illustrated in 1979. It is now issued, on the 25th anniversary of the game, with a new autobiographical essay in which Schwartz reflects on the Sox, his life, and destiny's various line-ups in the two decades since Dent. With an Introduction by Boston Globe sports columnist Bob Ryan.
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5-0 out of 5 stars My 21st Birthday
Hard to believe but my 21st birthday was the day Bucky Dent hit the Home Run to beat the Red Sox at Fenway Park.

I was a senior at Providence College in Rhode Island that year. During my four years of college either the Red Sox or the Yankees were in the World Series every season. At Providence half the kids were from NY/CT and the other half from Boston. It was bedlam every Fall. We didn't get a lot of studying done October nights.

I grew up in the New York area a life time Yankee fan but only went to my first game in 1965 when they began a period of years being terrible. My first real baseball memory was going to Yankee Stadium with my Father for a Sunday double header. In those days they hung all the Championship banners off the roof top facade on Sundays. It was impressive. For years I rooted for the Horace Clarke Yankees, then rejoiced when Sparky Lyle was obtained from the Red Sox for Danny Cater. When the Yankees got good in the late 1970s it was my first taste of seeing them win anything.

I got into broadcasting in college and had the chance to go to several Yankee and Red Sox games to interview players like Catfish Hunter, Oscar Gamble, Cliff Johnson, and Jim Rice. Rice put me off the first time I approached him for an interview, then he came back and said, "You still got those questions?" I even interviewed Bily Martin one night before he got fired and replaced by Bob Lemon. Billy was very nice to me when I talked with him. He answered my questions and then said "Glad to have you with us". Of course I was dumb struck listening on the radio to Old Timer's Day from my summer job and hearing the announcement from Bob Shepard that Martin would come back the next year as manager.

We went to the Sunday game of the four game sweep in Boston early in September and I remember how dejected the Red Sox faithful were. We hustled back down to New York to see a game of the followup series at Yankee Stadium the next week. The Red Sox were gritty to come back and tie the Yankees on the last day of the season setting up the playoff game.

The campus was dead quite that afternoon of Oct 2nd as everyone who absolutely didn't have to be in class or at a team practice crowded around tvs to watch the game. We had a party in my Fennel Hall dorm room watching on my old black and white set. The suspense was amazing. When Bucky hit the home run it seemed important but not yet decisive. There where innings left to play. The outs counted down. At the end of the game we poped a Champagne cork out the window. (the drinking age at that time was 18).

It is fortunate to have had such a great memory for a 21st birthday. I can hardly remember the World Series that year, the rivalry with the Red Sox had been so intense. It was a great time when a baseball game still can still be one of the most important things in your life. I look forward to reading this book.

Ken Kraetzer White Plains, NY

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5-0 out of 5 stars One More Excrutiating Day in the Curse of the Bambino
Unless you are a Red Sox fan, you may not know about the Curse of the Bambino. In the early part of the 20th century, the Boston Red Sox dominated the American League. One of their best players was a pitcher named Babe Ruth. The owner traded the Babe to the New York Yankees in exchange for the money to invest in the Broadway production of No No, Nanette and it's been no cigar for the Red Sox ever since.

Jonathan Schwartz has one of the worst cases of Red Sox addiction that I have ever heard of. He has been a radio announcer in New York for over 30 years (that's enemy territory for Red Sox fans). To stay up with his beloved Red Sox, he spent almost $15,000 in long distance charges from 1970-77 to listen in to the air check for WITS in Hartford of the games (calling in from Paris in some cases).

This is a story first published in Sports Illustrated in 1978 and covers one of the worst periods in Red Sox history: The season when they blew a late 14 game lead to the dreaded Yankees. I lived in Boston at that time, and it was painful to recall the swoon. Yet at the end of the season, they pulled a comeback and tied the Yankees. There was to be a one-game playoff in Fenway Park (determined by a coin toss) on October 2, 1978. In a prior playoff against Cleveland in Fenway in 1948 (also on October 2), the Sox had lost 8-3.

During the slide, the worst time had been when the Red Sox lost four in a row in Fenway to the Yankees with less than a month to go. Schwartz recounts his reaction. In a funk, he impulsively walked out of his apartment with $50 and a credit card, and flew to California. Only after arriving did he remember to call his live-in girlfriend and tell her what he had done.

With the big game coming up, Schwartz thinks he should take it easy and watch the game on television. At the last minute, he cannot resist and calls in some markers to get a press pass.

Most of the book recounts the game. It is interspaced with pre and post game comments from the key players.

The ironies continue to abound. You'll have to read the book to get them all. The Sox took a 2-0 early lead, but the faithful were fearful. Bucky Dent, the light-hitting shortstop, fouled a ball off his leg and play was stopped temporarily while he was treated. On the mound, the delay cost Torres (the Red Sox pitcher and former Yankee) his concentration. You guessed it. Dent hit a home run. Gossage replaced Guidry later on and stops the Red Sox from rallying back.

The final score: New York 5, Boston 4 (or as Schwartz puts it "Destiny 5, Boston 4).

Required reading and rereading for all Red Sox fans until the Curse of the Bambino is lifted!

Overcome your disbelief that anyone team could have so much bad luck with so much talent by reading this engaging story of baseball tragedy!

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155. BASEBALL AMERICAS 1998 ALMANAC (Baseball AmericaAlmanac)
by Baseball america
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Asin: 0963718991
Catlog: Book (1997-12-01)
Publisher: Baseball America
Sales Rank: 763405
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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2-0 out of 5 stars Uninteresting
This book is boring.It's draw, 30 prospects for each team, is very effective but the analysis is weak and usually breaks down to: "This guy throws hard" or "This guy is a great athlete."If you are really interested in minor league scouting reports I suggest John Sickels book published by Stats Inc. it has deeper, much more interesting analysis and a friendly writing style.Major dissapointment, no way I'm getting next year's book.

5-0 out of 5 stars The new standard for prospect guides
I've used this book more than any other prospect guide since it came out in March. It does more than just present the stats in a dry, uninteresting format, but rather tells a story about each of 900 players.The icing on the cake is the book's size, as it's a nice compact package that's easy to carry with you to the ballpark.I went to many minor league games this past season, and the 2001 Prospect Handbook was my constant companion.I eagerly look forward to the 2002 edition.Please note that two of the other reviews on this site were obviously referring to other books, as this guide was never published before March 2001.

5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent complementary tome.
I'm not sure if the preceding reviews are intended to apply to this book, as this book is not about the entirety of baseball (BA Baseball Almanac?), nor as dry as the average STATS text, plus 2001 was the inaugural edition.
That said - this book offers short scouting reports on the top 30 prospects per major league organization, along with reprinted lists (from the BA newspaper) of a team's, say, top defensive catcher (by tools), for example.
Heavier on verbage than stats, it's a nice complement to other books that are out there, particularly in its emphasis of "tools" over stats (without ignoring prior performance, mind you), the preferred method of discourse for most of the other good prospect overviews out there (Sickels' STATS Minor League Scouting Handbook and the Baseball Prospectus are my two other faves).

3-0 out of 5 stars Dry
Every year, this book just presents the facts in a dry, uninteresting way.Most of the other ones, particularly STATS Inc books, are more entertaining and interesting.

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome !
I just bought this book I think it's just great for someone thats looking for statistics and reviews. This almanac provided tons of information satistics reviews not just on the major leauges but also on farm teams ,college and high schol teams and more. If your the perfect baseball fan Irecomend that you buy this book. Anyway if your really looking for a bookall about baseball 1999 to 2000 buy this it has everything , anything thatjust comes on the top of your head. ... Read more


156. Ring Around the Bases: The Complete Baseball Stories of Ring Lardner
by Ring Lardner, Matthew J. Bruccoli, Matthew Joseph Bruccoli
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Asin: 1570035318
Catlog: Book (2003-10-01)
Publisher: University of South Carolina Press
Sales Rank: 77932
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars With an additional, previously uncollected short story
First published in book form in 1992, Ring Around The Bases anthologizes the baseball short stories of famous twentieth century baseball expert and sports journalist Ring Lardner (1885-1933). Featuring an additional, previously uncollected short story in this outstanding 644-page paperback edition (edited and with an introduction by Matthew J. Bruccoli who is the Emily Brown Jefferies Professor of English at the University of South Carolina - Columbia), Ring Around The Bases, offers insights not only into the great game, but the characters of those who played it. Drawing heavily upon Lardner's lengthy experience reporting the sport, these tales make turn of the century sports excitement truly come alive. Ring Around The Bases is an important addition to any academic, or community library Sports History collection in general -- and the personal reading lists of dedicated baseball fans in particular. ... Read more


157. The Jackie Robinson Reader: Perspectives on an American Hero
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Asin: 0452275822
Catlog: Book (1998-02-01)
Publisher: Plume Books
Sales Rank: 892267
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Jackie Robinson changed the face of baseball and captured the attention and hearts of America when he strode onto Ebbett's Field on Opening Day, 1947, as a Brooklyn Dodger. He broke baseball's color line, paved the way for African-American players in all professional sports, and became a pivotal figure in the struggle for racial equality.The Jackie Robinson Reader gathers together writings that demonstrate the cultural impact of Robinson's actions and the life of the man himself. In addition to Robinson's own words, there are contributions from some of baseball's greatest figures, including:* A previously unpublished manuscript by Arthur Mann, Branch Rickey's confidant, on why he chose to sign Robinson
* An excerpt from Roger Kahn's legendary Boys of Summer
* Actor Woody Strode's memories of his days playing football with Robinson at UCLA
* A notable exchange of correspondence between Robinson and activist Malcolm X
* A never-before-published 1946 report from the Major League Steering Committee, which defends the exclusion of blacks from the major leagues.The Jackie Robinson Reader covers the entirety of Robinson's life, creating a definitive work on the man, one no baseball fan will want to be without.
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4-0 out of 5 stars Jackie Robinson
This book is pretty good.I just wish it would tell me more about baseball at that time.I learnd a few things abut Jackie, like how he lead the league in hits in in 1949 with 342 hits and drove in 142 runs.He was also MVP that year and thats why I gave this book 4 stars. ... Read more


158. Women at Play: The Story of Women in Baseball/ a Harvest Original
by Barbara Gregorich
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Asin: 0156982978
Catlog: Book (1993-03-01)
Publisher: Harcourt
Sales Rank: 184802
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Women's baseball did not begin--and certainly didn't end--with the 1940s short-skirted stars featured in the rousing film story A League of Their Own. Women were playing baseball at Vassar as early as the 1880s, and Ed Barrow, who would later bring Babe Ruth to New York, signed a woman pitcher named Lizzie Arlington to a minor-league contract in the late 1890s. Indeed, as presented here, the history of women in baseball is a long and colorful one; the exploits of Alta Weiss, Lizzie Murphy, and Jackie Mitchell, who struck out Ruth and Lou Gehrig back-to-back in a 1931 exhibition deserve to be remembered. Women at Play remembers well. ... Read more


159. Classic Baseball Stories: Twenty Classic Stories from the Diamond
by Jeff Silverman
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Asin: 1585747637
Catlog: Book (2003-03-01)
Publisher: The Lyons Press
Sales Rank: 618335
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Before multimillion-dollar salaries, luxury boxes, and player strikes became synonymous with professional sports, there existed the belief in playing simply "for the love of the game." Nothing captures that spirit better than these twenty classic pieces about America's favorite pastime.
Collected here are the writings of Ring Lardner, Zane Grey, the Giants' immortal Christy Mathewson, Grover Cleveland Alexander, Finley Peter Dunne (who for a time was America's most popular humorist after Mark Twain), Burt Standish (creator of that all-American hero, Frank Merriwell), and many more. Baseball's golden era may have long since passed, but in the pages of CLASSIC BASEBALL STORIES, you can still sit in the bleachers for a nickel.

Relive the golden era of baseball with timeless classics from:
Albert G. Spalding
Henry Chadwick
Ernest Lawrence Thayer
Grantland Rice
Sol White
Brig. Gen. Fredrick Funston
Zane Grey
Candy Cummings
Alfred H. Spink
Burt L. Standish
Lester Chadwick
Finley Peter Dunne
Christy Mathewson
Damon Runyon
Grover Cleveland Alexander
Gerald Beaumont
Ring Lardner
Hugh Fullerton
Ralph D. Blanpied
Charles E. Van Loan
P.G. Wodehouse
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160. At Home and Away: 33 Years of Baseball Essays
by John Kuenster
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Asin: 0786415592
Catlog: Book (2003-08-27)
Publisher: McFarland & Company
Sales Rank: 1093880
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Over the course of his long career of covering major league baseball, numerous players, managers, umpires, and games, as well as unexpected and humorous events on and off the field, have made lasting impressions on John Kuenster.

This is a selection of essays Kuenster wrote for "Warm Up Tosses," the Baseball Digest column he has written every month since he became editor of the Digest in 1969. He shares his opinions and insights on managers in columns like "Casey Stengel Was One of a Kind" and "George Anderson Still ‘Sparky’ When Talking Baseball"; history in "President Kennedy, No Stranger to Baseball" and "Baseball’s Brightest and Darkest Moments of 1900s"; pitchers in "Here’s a Vote for Whitey Ford" and "Complete-Game Pitchers, A Disappearing Breed in the Majors"; umpires in "Umps, Love ’em or Not, They’re Vital to the Game"; infielders in "Derek Jeter, Cornerstone of Recent Yankee Championships" and "Third Basemen, Crucial to Winning but Often Overlooked"; outfielders in "Please, No ‘Soft Pitches’ for Hank Aaron" and "Barry Bonds Had a Season for the Ages"; and catchers in "Many Catchers Struggling through Learning Process". Also included are some of Kuenster’s columns about scouts and coaches, team executives, hitting, baseball in general, teams, ball parks, the World Series, humor, and Hall of Famers. ... Read more


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