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WHY I LOVE BASEBALL
     

WHY I LOVE BASEBALL

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by Larry King
 

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Larry King is a true-blue baseball fanatic. A lifelong love affair began the night he attended a Dodgers game at Ebbets Field as a kid in 1940s Brooklyn. That was a simpler era in our country's history, a time when tickets to a game cost fifty cents and parish priests prayed for Gil Hodges to break out of a slump. In this heartfelt valentine to America's favorite

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Larry King is a true-blue baseball fanatic. A lifelong love affair began the night he attended a Dodgers game at Ebbets Field as a kid in 1940s Brooklyn. That was a simpler era in our country's history, a time when tickets to a game cost fifty cents and parish priests prayed for Gil Hodges to break out of a slump. In this heartfelt valentine to America's favorite pastime, King recalls the many pleasures the game has brought him over the past sixty years. In the course of his broadcasting career King had the opportunity to meet and interview many of the legends of his youth. Jackie Robinson, Casey Stengel, Ted Williams, Leo Durocher, Stan Musial...they're all here plus many, many more. From the golden days when Mickey Mantle, Willie Mays and Duke Snider were all playing center field for New York teams at the same time, to the Subway Series in 2000 and the stirring first ballgame in New York after 9/11, this unique history is full of wonderful anecdotes. Friends and fellow baseball fanatics Bob Costas, Charlie Bragg and Herb Cohen have contributed essays on their love for the game, and King discusses his favorite books, movies and songs about the sport. This ode to baseball is a must for all fans and will be treasured by lovers of the game everywhere.Larry King is a true-blue baseball fanatic. Going to his first game as a kid in 1940s New York was the start of a lifelong love affair. This heartfelt valentine to America's game evokes a simpler time in our country's history: complete with the smells of popcorn, beer, and hotdogs; the sight of the green, closely-mowed infield; the darkbrown dirt paths; the crisp white uniforms; the sound of the excited voices of announcers; the crack of the bat; and the roar of the crowd.
Baseball, he discovered, is its own unique universe. When he finally had the opportunity to personally interview legendary manager Leo Durocher, Larry was so happy that he kept the return phone message for twenty years, just so he could look at it and remember the day. Passion for the game has suffused his life. Even now, he revels in the Orioles and the Mets. Every reason to love baseball is laid out in this nostalgic book, as King gives an inside view to the trading cards, the scuffles, the most classic plays, the labor disputes, and the personalities that pervade the sport. It is the only team game without a clock or a designated ending time. Larger-than-life personalities make up its history. Why I Love Baseball will appeal to anyone who recognizes baseball as America's favorite pastime. King has loved baseball for as long as he can remember, and this ode to the game is truly a love song. In a time of serious national focus, Larry King's personal reminiscences and unique view of the impact of baseball is a welcome look at the modern history of the game. Every reason to love baseball is laid out in this nostalgic book, as King gives an inside view to the trading cards, the scuffles, the most classic plays, the labor disputes, and the personalities that pervade the sport.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940012440365
Publisher:
PHOENIX BOOKS INC
Publication date:
05/05/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
148
File size:
3 MB

Meet the Author

Larry King lives in Beverly Hills, California, with his wife, Shawn Southwick King. It is his seventh marriage. Living in Southern California, he has enjoyed almost instantaneous access to the leading figures in mass media and the entertainment industry who have appeared on his program. In 2007, he celebrated his 50th year in broadcasting. He has conducted more than 30,000 interviews, his weekly column in USA Today is read all over the United States, and his daily radio and television shows have been seen and heard by millions around the world. His 25-year run as host of Larry King Live has been the longest tenure of any broadcaster as host of the same program in the same time slot. In 2010 Larry King announced that he would retire from the program shortly after his 25th anniversary broadcast.

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Why I Love Baseball 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I dont love baseball i love softball so if you know any books make a shout out to lala123
Guest More than 1 year ago
We all know Larry King as the guru of conversation TV. I could actually hear his voice speaking the words as I read this delightful book. He masterfully relates events in his own experience that capture the essence of why many of us love baseball. This book is informative and delightful for anyone who anxiously looks forward to the first crack of the bat each spring. Thank you Larry.