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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.

About The Author

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George Frederick Will is a libertarian-conservative political commentator and author. He writes regular columns for The Washington Post and provides commentary for NBC News and MSNBC.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Free Press (March 4, 1999)
  • Length: 352 pages
  • ISBN13: 9780684853741

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Raves and Reviews

David Plaut USA Today Baseball Weekly Like a Greg Maddux curve, Will's prose dances and moves in all directions while seldom missing the corners of the strike zone.

Ron Rapoport San Francisco Chronicle You cannot fail to be entertained by the joy and charm [Will] finds in the game.

Matthew Berke The Weekly Standard A splendid collection....Will is a fount of memories about baseball's past.

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