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Great Baseball Stories

Ruminations and Nostalgic Reminiscences on Our National Pastime

Here is a wonderful collection of revealing essays on the national pastime. Featuring contributions from Roger Angell, John Thorn, Frank Deford, George Plimpton, Stefan Fatsis, and others (plus a foreword by the legendary Yogi Berra), the stories are united by the authors’ fervent love of the game.

Stefan Fatsis sends his “stunningly perfect, consummately perfect, why-would-anyone-use-anything-else? perfect” glove to be restored by the glove designer at Rawlings. Frank Deford makes the case that the baseball cap may be the most universal article of clothing ever designed. Roger Angell considers why it is that pitchers are “so much livelier and more garrulous than hitters.” George Plimpton reflects on the slow demotion of aging or slumping players from pitcher, to first base, to the outfield.

United by the authors’ fervent love of the game, each chapter in this book reminds us of the unique role baseball plays in our national history and collective imagination. In addition to the writers mentioned above, the lineup includes:

  • Kevin Baker
  • Jeff Greenfield
  • Katherine A. Powers
  • Michael Shapiro
  • John Thorn
  • Sean Wilentz
  • Bartlett Giamatti,
  • Gay Talese
  • George Vecsey.
  • And more!

For any baseball fan, for any time of year, these are stories that will amuse and make you long for a trip to the ballpark (or for the days of youth).

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  • Publisher: Skyhorse (June 15, 2012)
  • Length: 240 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781616086039