The Baseball Anthology: 125 Years of Stories, Poems, Articles, Photographs, Drawings, Interviews, Cartoons, and Other Memorabilia

The Baseball Anthology: 125 Years of Stories, Poems, Articles, Photographs, Drawings, Interviews, Cartoons, and Other Memorabilia

by Joseph Wallace
     
 

This official publication of Major League Baseball captures the essence of the game through the prose of its greatest writers--Grantland Rice, Roger Kahn, Red Smith, Jim Murray, Roger Angell--and athletes--Christy Mathewson, Stan Musial, Hank Aaron, and Nolan Ryan. Eight-page timeline of baseball history gatefold. See more details below

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This official publication of Major League Baseball captures the essence of the game through the prose of its greatest writers--Grantland Rice, Roger Kahn, Red Smith, Jim Murray, Roger Angell--and athletes--Christy Mathewson, Stan Musial, Hank Aaron, and Nolan Ryan. Eight-page timeline of baseball history gatefold.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This is basically an oral history of the national pastime from its inception to the present. Many players and events are described: Johnny Evers reminisces about the famous force-play that became ``Merkle's Boner'' to the world in 1908. Fred Lieb tells how the Yankees' pitcher Carl Mays killed the Indians' Ray Chapman with a submarine pitch (``I could see the left eye hanging from its socket'') in 1920. Hall-of-Famer Leo Durocher recalls how he put down an uprising of Brooklyn Dodgers to keep Jackie Robinson out of the big leagues by saying of their petition: ``You can wipe your ass with it.'' Hank Aaron remembers that when he came close to beating Babe Ruth's home-run record, he received ``Dear Nigger'' letters. But what makes this book special are the pictures, especially those in black-and-white: Jackie Robinson stretching at first base with Ebbets Field in the background; Willie Mays climbing the outfield wall to rob a player of a base hit; Casey Stengel sliding home with an inside-the-park home-run during the 1923 World Series; and, of course, the Babe hitting one out. A treat for the baseball aficionado, freelancer Wallace's book makes a nice companion volume to Baseball by Geoffrey C. Ward and Ken Burns (Nonfiction Forecasts, Aug. 15). Photos. BOMC dividend selection. (Oct.)
Bill Ott
There may not be a World Series in 1994, but there's certainly no shortage of baseball books and films. Floating in on the formidable wake of Ken Burns' Baseball , here's another heavily illustrated, coffee-table history of the game. Though clearly a second choice to the print version of Burns' epic film, this entry in the baseball-nostalgia sweepstakes is not without its charms. Organized chronologically, the book combines a photo history of the game with a running narrative composed largely of excerpts from a wealth of well-known baseball writers (Kahn, Angell, Boswell, and more of the usual suspects). In addition, there's a refreshing emphasis on newspaper reportage of the day. The pictures are delightful, both for their excellent reproduction and for their content, but many will be familiar to most fans. One presumably serendipitous bonus is that several players and teams ignored in the Burns film (Juan Marichal, Al Kaline, the Chicago Cubs) receive well-deserved attention here. Don't expect a full-dress history of the game from this attractive anthology, but don't dismiss it either. Recommended for most sports collections.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810981515
Publisher:
Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
Publication date:
03/01/1998
Pages:
284
Product dimensions:
9.25(w) x 11.25(h) x 1.12(d)

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