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--Bob Greene, Chicago Tribune, April 1997
If the baseball season is already beginning to feel a little dreary to you, think how baseball writers must feel.
After all, the writers who cover the teams have the job of reporting on 162 games a season. Yet -- as anyone who reads the sports pages knows -- the stories they turn out often have litttle to do with baseball games. In the sports world we now live in, the newspaper stories about baseball and baseball players concern criminal cases; concern management-labor disagreements; concern stadium revenue issues; concern fans' apathy; concern pension plan negotiations. What fun can it be to write about those things?
Covering the Bases...recalls some of the greatest days and nights in baseball history by seeking out and republishing the reports of the sports jounalists who wrote about (and broadcast) the games.
If Cosgrove's intention was to use the technique of finding the vintage sports page stories to make sports history seem newly immediate, he succeeded with a parallel accomplishment, too -- he brought back a time when sportswriters got to write about sports. When the games were what counted -- or at least what we allowed ourselves to believe were what counted.
This is a fun, easy-to-read paperback, and one wonders why it hasn't been done before. Cosgrove takes a sampling of key baseball events (e.g., Don Larsen's perfect game during the 1956 World Series) and presents the next day's newspaper write-up. Since many of these moments are part of American mythology, it's amusing to see how they were initially reported. This winner is sure to circulate well in most public libraries. Library Journal, December 1996