Fantasyland: A Sportswriter's Obsessive Bid to Win the World's Most Ruthless Fantasy Baseball

Fantasyland: A Sportswriter's Obsessive Bid to Win the World's Most Ruthless Fantasy Baseball

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by Sam Walker
     
 

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Every spring, millions of Americans prepare to take part in one of the oddest, most obsessive, and most engrossing rituals in the sports pantheon: Rotisserie baseball, a fantasy game where armchair fans match wits by building their own teams. In 2004, Sam Walker, a sports columnist for the Wall Street Journal, decided to explore this phenomenon by

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Every spring, millions of Americans prepare to take part in one of the oddest, most obsessive, and most engrossing rituals in the sports pantheon: Rotisserie baseball, a fantasy game where armchair fans match wits by building their own teams. In 2004, Sam Walker, a sports columnist for the Wall Street Journal, decided to explore this phenomenon by talking his way into Tout Wars, a league reserved for the nation’s top experts. The result is one of the most sheerly entertaining sports books in years and a matchless look into the heart and soul of our national pastime.

Editorial Reviews

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A vivid journey into baseball’s bizarro world . . . Mr. Walker not only finds the humor in this world of the obsessed, he also finds the drama. (Dan Barry, The New York Times)

Brilliantly funny. (The Washington Post)

I have read many books on baseball, but none of them approach the delight, the zaniness, the lunacy, and the sheer reading pleasure of Sam Walker’s Fantasyland. (Buzz Bissinger, author of Three Nights in August and Friday Night Lights

The most entertaining book ever written about pretend sports. (Chuck Klosterman, Play: The New York Times Sports Magazine)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780143038436
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/27/2007
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
904,589
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.55(h) x 0.95(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher
A vivid journey into baseball’s bizarro world . . . Mr. Walker not only finds the humor in this world of the obsessed, he also finds the drama. (Dan Barry, The New York Times)

Brilliantly funny. (The Washington Post)

I have read many books on baseball, but none of them approach the delight, the zaniness, the lunacy, and the sheer reading pleasure of Sam Walker’s Fantasyland. (Buzz Bissinger, author of Three Nights in August and Friday Night Lights

The most entertaining book ever written about pretend sports. (Chuck Klosterman, Play: The New York Times Sports Magazine)

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