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You Gotta Have Heart: A History of Washington Baseball from 1859 to the 2012 National League East Champions

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  • Posted October 4, 2013

    As a fan of the national pastime, Baseball for those who have no

    As a fan of the national pastime, Baseball for those who have not heard it called that, You Gotta Have Heart is an interesting read.  The history of baseball in the nation’s capital is well covered and an important part of baseball history.  Frommer takes the reader through the ups and downs of any ball team that fans everywhere understand and live with even if it is frustrating at times.  

    An interesting part of the book is the history of the early players and the ones that I remember from my childhood reading about in the newspaper and their on field exploits.  It is also interesting to see that the fans of Washington, D.C. stuck behind the team through the good and the bad times.  It seems that the team was one of the things that held a transient population together.  Even today’s politicians can leave the haggling over differences in beliefs and come together and enjoy a baseball game or simply sit and discuss a game or the team.  Baseball can be a unifying and bring diverse people together.
    The book ends with 2012 season when the Nationals made it to the playoffs.  Rather the Senators of old or the new Nationals the area around D.C. fell in love with the team and we can only hope that they continue to have a long run in the capital city.  An very interesting and satisfying read.

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