Spring Training

Spring Training

by William Zinsser


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Spring training, a time when every team is in first place, is an American tradition dating back to the early years of the twentieth century. William Zinsser vividly brings to life the unique, once-a-year relationship between Bradenton, Florida, and its adopted team, the Pittsburgh Pirates.

In 1988 the Pirates were an unproven yet promising bunch with high hopes of competing for the National League pennant. Given rare access to players, management, scouts and umpires, Zinsser sought to discover how a team prepares for the longest season in professional sports.

As valid today as it was when first published, Spring Training reveals how the fundamentals of baseball are taught and learned. The author has added a new introduction and postscript, which includes a lengthy interview with manager Jim Leyland about the lessons that can be learned from losing.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780822958246
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
Publication date: 03/05/2003
Edition description: 1
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

1.Rites of Spring1
2.The Pirates8
3.Florida Days16
4.The Gospel According to Thrift32
5.Going to Work50
6.Jim Leyland's School58
7.The Biggest Change69
10.A Day at the Ballpark91
11.Fathers and Sons106
12.The Pitching Coach109
14.A Ton of Ground Balls133
15.Calling on Edd Roush141
16.Three Pitchers152
18.The Toughest Position in Baseball169
19.Play Ball!178
Index of Baseball Names205

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