Cracking the Show

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Thomas Boswell, nationally syndicated Washington Post sports columnist, has been called "an astute observer of the human condition disguised as a first-rate sportswriter," and his three previous baseball collections have won wide praise across the country for their lucid and graceful perspective on America's favorite pastime. This new collection can only expand on that reputation while delighting everyone who just can't wait for Opening Day. In Cracking the Show, Boswell has handpicked his best baseball writing ...
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Overview

Thomas Boswell, nationally syndicated Washington Post sports columnist, has been called "an astute observer of the human condition disguised as a first-rate sportswriter," and his three previous baseball collections have won wide praise across the country for their lucid and graceful perspective on America's favorite pastime. This new collection can only expand on that reputation while delighting everyone who just can't wait for Opening Day. In Cracking the Show, Boswell has handpicked his best baseball writing of the last five years - perhaps baseball's most tumultuous years of this century - to create what is arguably his best book yet. There are articles on the Pete Rose tragedy and the Nolan Ryan triumph. "The New Breed" covers the younger stars of "the show" such as Frank Thomas, Juan Gonzalez, Cecil Fielder, Barry Bonds, and Mike Mussina, while "Old Goats" pays tribute to Mike Schmidt, Dennis Eckersley, Orel Hershiser, Kirk Gibson, Robin Yount, and Jack Morris. "The First Worst-to-First" takes us inside the miracle of the 1989 Orioles, while "Five Octobers" brings us the pennant races and post-seasons of 1989 through 1993 in vivid detail. There are also moving personal pieces on the last game at Memorial Stadium and the first at Camden Yards; the death of Bart Giamatti; the ouster of Fay Vincent; and Boswell's discovery of his childhood baseball-card collection. Another splendid gathering of smart, witty, beautifully written pieces about our national pastime, Cracking the Show confirms that when it comes to baseball, Boswell is in a league by himself.

Boswell has handpicked his best baseball pieces of the past five years to create a collection that will be must reading for fans across the country. These pieces, from The Washington Post< and national magazines, cover everything from Fay Vincent's ouster to Pete Rose's gambling to the Bo Jackson saga to the return of Steinbrenner.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A collection of baseball essays by Washington Post sportswriter Boswell The Heart of the Order is a major event for diamond fans. He has an abiding affection for the game and most of those involved in it and is optimistic about its future. A Baltimore Orioles devotee, Boswell is a great admirer of Cal Ripken Jr. and has fallen in love with the new field at Camden Yards, but he does not stint in his praise for opposing teams. He is enthusiastic about Barry Bonds, Ken Griffey Jr. and Juan Gonzalez, manager Whitey Herzog and commissioners Bart Giamatti and Fay Vincent. He was devastated when Pete Rose was banished from baseball for life in 1989 for gambling and seems to hope that the all-time hit leader will be elected to the Hall of Fame. Boswell is no Pollyanna, however: he is critical of White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf and Dodger owner Peter O'Malley and views George Steinbrenner as a man with a serious psychological problem. This is an anthology of excellently written and humane selections. May
Library Journal
Washington Post sports columnist Boswell, whose three previous collections have sold nearly 200,000 copies, offers his best pieces from the past five years.
Wes Lukowsky
Boswell is a syndicated columnist for the "Washington Post" whose primary subject is baseball. His work has appeared on best-seller lists and has been embraced by highbrows and intellectuals--George Will-types who attach all sorts of philosophical significance to the game--but Boswell hasn't been swayed from his essential position as a fan. This collection of his columns, the fourth to appear in hardcover, is grouped by subject and draws on articles published over the last several years, which produces a revealing, condensed-time perspective on recent baseball history. Two pieces on White Sox catcher Carlton Fisk span a three-year period, for example, and three on Bo Jackson also were written over a three-year period, thus reflecting the way Boswell's and the athlete's points of view changed over time. Other highlights include Boswell's musings on the Pete Rose gambling saga, an in-depth profile of lifetime baseball soldier Whitey Herzog, and a series of articles on the Oakland A's of the late 1980s. The baseball-card craze gets a lengthy and amusing skewering as Boswell rediscovers his childhood collection, is briefly caught up in a "Treasure of the Sierra Madre"-like madness, and finally remembers the real joy of collecting through his own son. Boswell isn't a statistics junkie or a handwringing sentimentalist or a doomsayer or a philosopher, but like most fans, he's a little bit of all of the above. Maybe that's why we feel so comfortable with him. He's us only he writes better.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780385472869
  • Publisher: The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/1/1994
  • Edition description: 1st Edition
  • Pages: 368

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