The Last Best League, 10th anniversary edition: One Summer, One Season, One Dream

The Last Best League, 10th anniversary edition: One Summer, One Season, One Dream

by Jim Collins
     
 

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Every summer, in ten small towns across Cape Cod, the finest college baseball players in the country gather in hopes of making it to "The Show." The hopes are justifiably high: The Cape Cod Baseball League is the best amateur league in the world, producing one out of every six major league players.

Ten years ago, Jim Collins chronicled a season in the life

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Every summer, in ten small towns across Cape Cod, the finest college baseball players in the country gather in hopes of making it to "The Show." The hopes are justifiably high: The Cape Cod Baseball League is the best amateur league in the world, producing one out of every six major league players.

Ten years ago, Jim Collins chronicled a season in the life of one team: the Chatham A's, perhaps the most celebrated team in the league. Set against the backdrop of a resort town on the bend of the outer Cape, the story charted the changing fortunes of a handful of players battling slumps and self-doubt in their effort to make the league playoffs and, more importantly, impress the major league scouts.

Over the last decade, baseball's hard truths became evident for the Chatham stars who went on to play professionally, and the final chapter of their story can now be written. In a new afterword for the tenth anniversary, Collins explores questions that sports literature rarely touches: What does it mean to devote your life to an almost impossible goal and almost but not quite make it? Or make it only briefly before it slips away? What does a dream look like in retrospect? How does the game look now?

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

Fuel Baseball magazine, Spring 2010

“In the tradition of The Boys of Summer, The Last Best League is about dreams fulfilled and dreams denied; it’s about Cape Cod and the rites of summer; and about the way one small town grows to love a group of young men coming of age in America.”

"A captivating, timeless brew of scuffed baseballs, white sand, and pristine dreams."—Booklist

"A wonderful, dramatic, thoroughly absorbing book."—Boston Globe

"An engrossing portrait of marvelously gifted boys in men's bodies—swaggering one moment, full of uncertainty the next."—U.S. News and World Report

Cape Code Times “Bookshelf,” 6/29/14
“If you're a Cape Cod Baseball League groupie or just a lover of small-town, (maybe) big-name baseball, check out this seminal book on our very own summer league…Major league scouts, local sports writers and of course the college players are all here, taking what we see as good fun and making it the serious summer it can be for many players on the verge of greatness.”

San Francisco Book Review, 9/10/14
“This is more than the story of one team through one summer. Collins knows the game of baseball and is kind enough to share his deep knowledge of the game with the reader in a way that any reader can appreciate, no matter their own level of baseball knowledge. Collins hits a grand slam with this book.”

Off the Bench, 5/29/15
“Collins’ masterfully whimsical baseball storytelling is a gift only given to former players.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780306823107
Publisher:
Da Capo Press
Publication date:
05/27/2014
Edition description:
Tenth Anniversary Edition
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
264,217
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.00(d)

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