Triumph and Tragedy in Mudville: A Lifelong Passion for Baseball

Triumph and Tragedy in Mudville: A Lifelong Passion for Baseball

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by Stephen Jay Gould
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0393325571

ISBN-13: 9780393325577

Pub. Date: 05/13/2004

Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.

"Scientific analysis intersects with flat-out fandom. [Gould] could write, he was funny, and he loved, loved baseball."—Booklist
Science meets sport in this vibrant collection of baseball essays by the late evolutionary biologist.Among Stephen Jay Gould's many gifts was his ability to write eloquently about baseball, his great passion. Through the years,

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"Scientific analysis intersects with flat-out fandom. [Gould] could write, he was funny, and he loved, loved baseball."—Booklist
Science meets sport in this vibrant collection of baseball essays by the late evolutionary biologist.Among Stephen Jay Gould's many gifts was his ability to write eloquently about baseball, his great passion. Through the years, the renowned paleontologist published numerous essays on the sport; these have now been collected in a volume alive with the candor and insight that characterized all of Gould's writing. Here are his thoughts on the complexities of childhood streetball and the joys of opening day; tributes to Mickey Mantle, Babe Ruth, and lesser-knowns such as deaf-mute centerfielder "Dummy" Hoy; and a frank admission of the contradictions inherent in being a lifelong Yankees fan with Red Sox season tickets. Gould also deftly applies the tools of evolutionary theory to the demise of the .400 hitter, the Abner Doubleday creation myth, and the improbability of Joe DiMaggio's 56-game hitting streak.
This book is a delight, an essential addition to Gould's remarkable legacy, and a fitting tribute to his love for the game.

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ISBN-13:
9780393325577
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
05/13/2004
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword9
Editor's Note21
Seventh Inning Stretch: Baseball, Father, and Me25
Reflections and Experience
Streetball from a New York City Boyhood37
The Babe's Final Strike47
The Best of Times, Almost50
Innings54
More Power to Him56
Rough Injustice61
Tripping the Light Fantastic64
Fenway Crowns the Millennium68
Times to Try a Fan's Soul72
Freud at the Ballpark76
A Time to Laugh80
Heroes Large, Small, and Fallen
Mickey Mantle: The Man versus the Myth87
Dusty's Moment97
This Was a Man102
The Greatest Athlete of the Century105
The Amazing Dummy112
The Glory of His Time, and Ours130
Eight More Out134
Nature, History, and Statistics as Meaning
Left Holding the Bat143
Why No One Hits .400 Anymore151
The Streak of Streaks173
Letter to Joe DiMaggio, January 3, 1985188
The Creation Myths of Cooperstown190
The Brain of Brawn205
Baseball's Reliquary: The Oddly Possible Hybrid of Shrine and University210
Jim Bowie's Letter and Bill Buckner's Legs219
Criticism
Diamonds Are a Fan's Best Friend243
Angell Hits a Grand Slam with Collected Baseball Essays248
The Black Men Who Integrated Big League Ball252
Baseball and the Two Faces of Janus257
The H and Q of Baseball275
Sultan of Sentimentality295
Baseball: Joys and Lamentations301
Good Sports & Bad322
Jacket Art Identification343
Index345

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Triumph and Tragedy in Mudville: A Lifelong Passion for Baseball 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This collection was put together as Gould was dying. He was able to 'complete' it, but it lacks the polish of other Gould collections. His usual form was to organize edit the essays so that, although written at different times, they appeared to flow seamlessly together and support an overall theme. Triumph and Tragedy in Mudville appears much more to be a grab-bag collection of his baseball writings, and reveals that Gould probably never had time to complete the 'finishing process' that marks his other collections. I would still recommend this one to any fan of sports or sports writing. Two essays in particular 'Why No One Hits .400 Anymore' and 'The Streak of Streaks' should be read by just about anyone, but especially sports fans. Gould's collection reveals the passion, interest, and love of a true fan. I have missed Gould's insights in areas other than baseball. This book causes me to yearn for his reaction to two of the main developments in baseball since his death: the steroid scandal and the Red Sox victory in the World Series.
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