Fathers Playing Catch with Sons: Essays on Sport (Mostly Baseball)

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In the pantheon of great sports literature, not a few poets have tried their hand at paying tribute to their love affair with the game — Walt Whitman, Marianne Moore, and William Carlos Williams among them. This elegant volume collects Donald Hall’s prose about sports, concentrating on baseball but extending to basketball, football and Ping-Pong. The essays are a wonderful mixture of reminiscence and observation, of baseball and of fathers and sons, of how a game binds people ...

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Overview

In the pantheon of great sports literature, not a few poets have tried their hand at paying tribute to their love affair with the game — Walt Whitman, Marianne Moore, and William Carlos Williams among them. This elegant volume collects Donald Hall’s prose about sports, concentrating on baseball but extending to basketball, football and Ping-Pong. The essays are a wonderful mixture of reminiscence and observation, of baseball and of fathers and sons, of how a game binds people together and bridges generations.

From Fenway Park to the Old Timer's Game to the redoubtable Dock Ellis, these 15 essays taken as a whole form a lyrical hymn to sport.

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Los Angeles Times
There will always be golden boys playing in games that have diamonds in them, and those boys will always get old, and life will change, but there's something gently beautiful in that process. Baseball is one metaphor for the changing of the seasons, and Hall-as poet and seer here-raises Sport to Art.
Newsweek
Nobody who likes to... 'enter the intense, artificial, pastoral universe of the game' will fail to be charmed by Hall's musings.
San Francisco Chronicle
Hall surprises even the well-read fan.... His vignettes are vivid and haunting.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780440324386
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/1/1986
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback

Meet the Author

Best known as a poet, Donald Hall lives by freelance writing on his New Hampshire farm. In addition to his many books of poetry, he has published short stories, collections of essays, and children's books.

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