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"... McGimpsey displays erudition, clever insights and a knack for the wickedly funny wisecrack (several of which are aimed at his beloved, and beleaguered, Montreal Expos). Literary baseball may be a drastically over-analyzed subject, but, like an overachieving rookie, McGrimpsey produces a far better book on it than one would have ever thought possible." —Louis Jacobson, Washington Post

"This is the most important critical book on baseball literature in many years." —Murray Sperber, author of Onward to Victory

From Field of Dreams to The Natural, from baseball cards to highbrow fiction, this book explores the place of baseball in American popular culture.

Indiana University Press

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Editorial Reviews

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After reading the book, parsing the play-by-play of announcers as well as the rhapsodies of hyperliterary fans becomes a pleasant sport itself.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780253336965
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Meet the Author

David McGimpsey completed his PhD in English Literature at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. An author of poetry, fiction and popular culture criticism, he currently lives and works in Montreal.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Sugar Pops: Introducing Baseball Fiction
1. In the Big Inning: Baseball’s Fixes
2. Green Fields, Young Berries and Piney Woods: The Pastoral Convention
3. Everybody Can Play (Except You): Baseball Fiction & Difference
4. Is That Good Enough for You, Pop?: The Generational Argument
Epilogue: Baseball’s Fiction’s Conclusion?
Work Cited

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