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Posted April 7, 2004
Great Book from a Great Writer
Growing up in Detroit, I was raised to be a Tigers fan. My dad taught me about baseball, and took me to games at 'The Corner.' It was there that my love of the game grew. I read Tom Stanton's first book, The Final Season, and enjoyed it greatly. In this book, I see Stanton's growth as a writer. Like a fine wine, Stanton gets better and better with age. This book offered great insight to not only Aaron's personal struggles during the Ruth chase, but also did a great job of placing the it in a broader context of the era. Stanton has done his homework, conducting interview after interview with the people who knew Aaron and lived the chase with him. This book has given me EVEN MORE respect for Hammerin' Hank, and changed the way I view the sport. Stanton can hold his own among today's great literary talents, telling a compelling story in a prose reminiscient of Norman Maclean, all the while casting my memory back to a time when baseball was about more than money, life was much simpler (without the threat of Orange Alerts or Anthrax), and I was younger. This book is not only a great tribute to Aaron, it is a great tribute to baseball, and to every fan who has ever dreamed of trotting the bases in the big leagues. I plan on getting it for my dad for father's day. A MUST read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 1, 2004
Growing up in Atlanta, I was an avid Braves and Aaron fan, getting my hands on everything I could read about Hank. The other day, I saw Stanton on TV, promoting this book, and thought I would check it out. Good thing I did. I thought I knew the story of Aaron's chase but I found out so much more from this book. Stanton's really done his research, and his writing takes me back to the chase back in 73 and 74, uncovering memories long forgotten. Stanton brings the era and Aaron's glory back to life. In an age of prancing and preening home run hitters hopped up on steroids, it's nice to read about a man who calmly trotted the bases and earned his spot as one of the greatest ever through hard work and dedication. Stanton's book should be required reading for all baseball fans.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.