The Fifth Season: Tales of My Life in Baseball

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"If you were much of a boy growing up in the Maspeth section of Queens in the late 1930s and 1940s, you had the baseball fever. It seemed contagious, but it struck mostly from within. . . . Often, in later years, when I was writing a long series of books on the game, some well-intended philistine would ask to have explained to him the fascination with baseball. I offered my stock answer: 'If you have to ask the question, you'll never understand the answer.'" With this small confession Donald Honig begins his charming memoir of a life devoted to

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Overview

"If you were much of a boy growing up in the Maspeth section of Queens in the late 1930s and 1940s, you had the baseball fever. It seemed contagious, but it struck mostly from within. . . . Often, in later years, when I was writing a long series of books on the game, some well-intended philistine would ask to have explained to him the fascination with baseball. I offered my stock answer: 'If you have to ask the question, you'll never understand the answer.'" With this small confession Donald Honig begins his charming memoir of a life devoted to the charms of baseball, including the many great figures of the game he has known in the past half-century.

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Editorial Reviews

February 2009 Booklist
He relates some of the best stories behind the interviews he conducted....Baseball fans—and aspiring writers—will find much of value here.
Bloomberg.com
This new volume is a splendid book, wistful and reflective about life and love and men (and opportunities) left on base.
—David M. Shribman
Library Journal

A beloved baseball writer (The Image of Their Greatness) and an accomplished novelist, Honig gives us a lyrical account of growing up in New York City besotted with baseball, his own abbreviated pitching career, and his passion for the greats and near-greats of the game. This nuanced, pitch-perfect memoir will make readers appreciate the nuances and permutations of the game itself. Stats, salary statistics, and free-agent greed are (thankfully) absent, replaced by warm recitations of bygone games and now-departed characters both on the field and off. A rich and engaging book; a keeper for all baseball or memoir collections.


—Margaret Heilbrun, Gilles Renaud
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781566638104
  • Publisher: Ivan R Dee
  • Publication date: 2/16/2009
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Donald Honig has written a number of novels but is best known for his books about baseball, including The Image of Their Greatness, Baseball When the Grass Was Real, and 100 Greatest Players. He lives in Cromwell, Connecticut.
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