The Great American Pastime

The Great American Pastime

by D. W. Clark
     
 
Baseball has long been referred to as "the Great American Pastime" but has slipped in it's popularity, many feel replaced by football. Meet Frank "Hot Dog" Henderson, All Star centerfielder for the Chicago Cubs. Frank is a large part of the problem. He's so caught up in himself and his stats and accomplishments, he feels nothing for the game, the colorful history

Overview

Baseball has long been referred to as "the Great American Pastime" but has slipped in it's popularity, many feel replaced by football. Meet Frank "Hot Dog" Henderson, All Star centerfielder for the Chicago Cubs. Frank is a large part of the problem. He's so caught up in himself and his stats and accomplishments, he feels nothing for the game, the colorful history of his franchise, the fans, just himself.
He breaks one of baseball's "Unwritten Rules" and is attacked for this infraction not only verbally but physically as well.
The beaning he receives as retribution for his actions, knocks him out cold and when he awakens, he finds himself in the early 1950's where he attempts to adjust to playing a game he thought he knew in an era he's forced to learn anew.
As he grows in appreciation for the game, he falls in love with, not only the game of baseball, but the girl of his dreams.
Rather than just another story, "The Great American Pastime" is actually a collection of true baseball stories retold in this fictional account. Some will appear somewhat familiar others probably not, yet they are all mostly true, gathered from years of research and love of the game.
Each chapter is opened with a quote from either former ballplayers, sportswriters or just baseball fans, then the chapter unfolds in such a way to try to explain what was meant by the quote.
Even the "fringe" baseball fan will be entertained by the insight of the inner game of baseball, one rarely discussed, that teach them the appreciation of this great game right along with the main character.
As a special treat, the story opens with a word for word copy of Abbott and Costello's "Who's on First" and concludes with George Carlin's hilarious explanation of a comparison between baseball and football. It closes with several pages of baseball quotes that never made it to a chapter explanation, or else this book would have made Michener proud.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940012976468
Publisher:
DWC Associates, Inc
Publication date:
05/13/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
155 KB

Meet the Author

This is the first attempt at a novel by D W Clark. Born in 1954 outside of Detroit Michigan, he moved to Los Angeles in the late '50's about the same time the Dodgers re-located there. His early childhood was heavily influenced by the great Dodger teams of 1963 thru 1966 and even more enhanced by listening to Vin Skully share his insights and passion for baseball through many otherwise lean Dodger years but never the less incredible understanding of the game itself.
The last ten years or so he spent compiling a collection of stories, stats and quotes and compiled them himself without the aid of a professional writer, just the thoughts and verbage of a fan of the game.
He actually envisioned this story as a movie, but was moved to at least attempt to put it in writing instead.
Currently a resident of Reno, Nv and grateful for satelite television to get his fix of baseball from April to October every year without the privilege of a local big league ballpark.

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