Baseball Between Us: 16 Years. 32 Ballparks. 43,000 Miles: A Road Map to a Winning Father/Son Relationship

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Baseball Between Us is the true story of a father-son road trip to visit every Major League Baseball stadium: 16 years, 32 ballparks and 43,000 miles together. Author Mike Luery - an award winning television news reporter - and his son Matt travel from California to Maine - capturing every big league stadium.This is the story of a father/son team who embrace baseball as their roadmap to figure out the lessons of life. The Luery boys are baseball buddies, but constantly get into heated arguments over music, food ...
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Baseball Between Us: 16 Years. 32 Ballparks. 43,000 Miles: A Road Map to a Winning Father/Son Relationship

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Overview

Baseball Between Us is the true story of a father-son road trip to visit every Major League Baseball stadium: 16 years, 32 ballparks and 43,000 miles together. Author Mike Luery - an award winning television news reporter - and his son Matt travel from California to Maine - capturing every big league stadium.This is the story of a father/son team who embrace baseball as their roadmap to figure out the lessons of life. The Luery boys are baseball buddies, but constantly get into heated arguments over music, food and bedtime. The book includes interviews with Maury Wills and Wes Parker of the Los Angeles Dodgers; Dave Stewart, of the Oakland Athletics; Bernie Williams, of the New York Yankees; and Ed Sprague Jr., of the Toronto Blue Jays. Baseball Between Us goes beyond sports. It's also a travelogue filled with pictures, including a hot air balloon trip over a herd of buffalo. This is the ultimate road trip of a father and son who discover each other on a journey made possible through the magic of baseball.
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Luery, an investigative television reporter, has written a baseball travelogue bound to be the envy of any father and son fans of the game. Luery and his son, Matt, spent parts of their springs and summers over a 16-year span traveling to every Major League Baseball stadium. Along the way, the self-professed "baseball buddies" argued over music, free speech, and sex, first exploiting and then accepting each other's quirks and shortcomings. Luery includes interviews with ballplayers he met on the road, including former Los Angeles Dodger Maury Wills, and he incorporates a few observations about each ballpark. His main focus remains his evolving relationship with Matt, who by book's end has grown into a witty young man bonding over beers with his dad at ballpark No. 32, Target Field in Minneapolis; Matt's epilogue offers his own revealing take on this father-son journey. Often falling prey to overeager prose and contrived dialogue, Luery also strikes out with simple solecisms and sentences that read like term-paper extracts. But a glossary of baseball terms and several pages of family-friendly activities and places to stay in every Major League city make this book a useful travel guide as well. While not quite the "Road Map to a Winning Father/Son Relationship" as claimed by the subtitle, this is a heartwarming and entertaining read. (Mar.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780983274407
  • Publisher: Sleuth Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/1/2012
  • Pages: 303
  • Sales rank: 1,403,411
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Mike Luery is a member of SABR, the Society for American Baseball Research and an award-winning journalist with 25 years on TV and radio. Currently, he is the investigative reporter for CBS 13 in Sacramento and previously was NBC's Capitol Bureau Chief in California. As a television reporter in Florida, Luery's five-part series on the Ku Klux Klan earned an Outstanding Achievement Award for Investigative Reporting from United Press International.

Matt Luery is a 5th year Senior at the University of Southern California, where he is pursuing his Bachelor of Architecture degree. He will graduate in May 2012.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2012

    Highly Recommended for the Entire Family

    I recently finished "Baseball Between Us," and loved reading this terrific, wonderfully written book by Mike Luery, with his son, Matt Luery. Mike's considerable insight into the game of baseball and his substantial knowledge of and enormous love for the game make this a book that all can and should read -- from the casual observer to those who religiously follow the game or the status of particular teams on a daily basis.

    Mike's descriptions of his trips with Matt to all 30 (or was it 31?) major league ballparks in the U.S. and Canada, as well as his portrayals of each ball game that he and Matt attended were a lot of fun to follow, and I certainly felt like I was with them every step of the way. Many of the generational differences between father and son that were described were quite funny. AND, the Chapter on Mike's personal journey to his boyhood hometown of Stamford, Connecticut was quite moving and touching.

    The Epilogue to the book, written by Matt, was quite impressive, and his comments on the topics he wrote about were most insightful for a young man. Like his Dad, Matt can quickly draw the inerest of his readers into what he is writing about, and I very much enjoyed his thoughts on the importance of travel, how great the diversity of this country is, and how the benefits of watching a slow game of baseball can provide an opportunity to just chill and take it easy from the pressures of life. Plus, I liked reading about how he enjoyed spending time with his Dad, despite some of the differences between them that Mike so amusingly described.

    In short, "Baseball Between Us" is a must-read book, and should be at the top of your reading list. -----Scott A. Morris

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