Fathers, Sons, and Baseball: Our National Pastime and the Ties that Bond

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From Little League to the big leagues, perhaps no single athletic endeavor in the American consciousness is wrought with as much emotional significance as the game of baseball. Compared to other major professional sports, there is an inordinate number of second- and third-generation ballplayers playing in the major leagues today. And this is due to a whole lot more than just strong genetics. There is something inherently magical about the game of baseball that seems to connect families, and bring them closer ...

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Overview

From Little League to the big leagues, perhaps no single athletic endeavor in the American consciousness is wrought with as much emotional significance as the game of baseball. Compared to other major professional sports, there is an inordinate number of second- and third-generation ballplayers playing in the major leagues today. And this is due to a whole lot more than just strong genetics. There is something inherently magical about the game of baseball that seems to connect families, and bring them closer together through their shared love of the game. And, as evidenced by the big-screen success of such movies as Field of Dreams and The Natural, this connection is something that the American public can relate to themselves.
In Fathers, Sons, and Baseball, author Wayne Stewart compiles dozens of exclusive, candid interviews with some of the most prominent as well as less-recognized baseball families, presenting a unique and insightful look at the way baseball has not only helped develop these familial relationships, but also how these relationships have helped to shape and nurture the lives of ballplayers.

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Whether you are in the big leagues or the Little League, you know that baseball is a game passed on from generation to generation. Parents teach their sons and daughters the skills and pleasures of the summer game, instructing them on the fine arts of batting, good sportsmanship, and stealing signs. Veteran sportswriter Wayne Stewart, himself a parent, has sought out baseball families, not all of them well known, to help him understand what makes our national pastime such a family game. Among the families profiled are the Griffeys, the Ripkins, the Alomars, and the Bondses.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592283057
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/1/2004
  • Edition description: First
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.26 (w) x 8.86 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Meet the Author

Wayne Stewart, the author of Baseball Oddities and Baseball Puzzlers, has been a professional sports writer for more than 25 years, and has published more than 700 articles in such publications as USA Today/Baseball Weekly, Baseball Digest, Boy's Life, and Beckett Baseball Card Monthly. A member of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR), he makes his home with his wife and family in Lorain, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments IX
Introduction XI
Chapter 1 My Dad and Me 1
Chapter 2 The Boones 9
Chapter 3 The Bells 25
Chapter 4 The Hairstons 37
Chapter 5 The Griffeys 45
Chapter 6 The Ripkens 65
Chapter 7 The Bonds Duo 79
Chapter 8 The Alomars 87
Chapter 9 The Seguis 97
Chapter 10 The Spiezios 105
Chapter 11 The Speiers 125
Chapter 12 The Wrights 139
Chapter 13 The Grieves 155
Chapter 14 The Oleruds 173
Chapter 15 The Kennedys 193
Chapter 16 The Moehlers 205
Chapter 17 The Franconas 215
Chapter 18 The Rest of the Clans 231
Gary and Daryle Ward 231
Brian and Marcus Giles 234
The Alous 235
Mike and Andy Hargrove 238
Gregg Jefferies 240
Pete Rose and Pete Rose Jr. 243
Randy Johnson 246
Tim Raines and Tim Raines Jr. 249
Bob and Joel Skinner 254
Mark and Matthew McGwire 257
Jose Cruz and Jose Cruz Jr. 261
The Stottlemyres 263
Mookie and Preston Wilson 266
Ellis and Christopher Burk 267
Chapter 19 My Boys and Me 273
About the Author 287
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