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Product Details

  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Grassy Gutter Press (January 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615573401
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615573403
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,445,191 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Polman's re-imagining of the 1924 season is an exuberant coming-of-age tale, road saga, and love story all rolled into one sunny summer at long-gone ballparks across the land."--Josh Wilker, author of Cardboard Gods

"Polman's lively prose takes you back to the Roaring '20s for a romp through one of the best seasons, as seen through the eyes of a baseball-crazy teen. It's the book to take with you on that last winter vacation, to be devoured under an umbrella by a pool or the shore." --Joe Sheehan of Sports Illustrated and the MLB Network

"Brimming with wit and fun...Even readers who aren't familiar with tabletop games might find something to like here. A screenwriter and journalist, Polman's creativity extends well beyond the diamond, with period details researched on the internet as he blogged. --James Bailey, Bailey's Baseball Book Reviews

"It may not be the way 1924 actually played out (in real life, the Senators beat the Giants; in the book....well, read it and see) but it's a highly entertaining and engaging tale of a boy growing into manhood with some incredible stops along the way." --Daniel Shoptaw, C70 At the Bat

About the Author

JEFF POLMAN is a journalist, screenwriter, and blogger who just can't stop writing about baseball. "1924 and You Are There!" is adapted from the first of his five fictional replay blogs, which include "Play That Funky Baseball", "The Bragging Rights League", "Mystery Ball '58", and his most recent creation, "Dear Hank." After getting his start writing freelance articles for the Advocate newspapers and Boston Phoenix, he was Arts Editor of the Vermont Vanguard Press for its first five years before moving out west. His recent Web writing has appeared on The Huffington Post, ChicagoSide Sports, ESPN's SweetSpot Network, The Hardball Times, New England Baseball Journal, and Seamheads. He is a lifelong Red Sox fan and resides with his wife and son in Culver City, CA

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Jeff Polman was born in Hartford, CT in 1954, grew up in Longmeadow, MA and graduated from the BDIC program at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. He worked for the Advocate Newspapers and Boston Phoenix before becoming Arts Editor for the Vermont Vanguard Press in Burlington, VT its first five years. Having enjoyed his time as a student filmmaker, he moved to Los Angeles in 1982 to pursue screenwriting. He has written over 20 scripts and has had two low-budget thrillers produced, Grave Secrets (1989) and Benefit of the Doubt (1993), a Miramax release which starred Donald Sutherland and Amy Irving. Baseball has proven to be his passion, though, and his season replay blogs--1924 and You Are There!, Play That Funky Baseball, The Bragging Rights League, Mystery Ball '58, and his latest, Dear Hank--reflect this. He has also written Web articles for The Huffington Post, ChicagoSide Sports, Fire Brand of the American League, Seamheads, The Hardball Times, New England Baseball Journal, and The Platoon Advantage. He is a proud member of SABR (Society for American Baseball Research) and lives in Culver City, CA with his wife and son. He can be followed on Twitter at @jpballnut

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neat, fast, product good, price is right.
Really enjoyed 1924 as played by Strat O matic.
Bring on more soon
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By Ray Venezia on December 30, 2012
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Well written novel tying together the great game of baseball as seen through the eyes of a teen in 1924 and the real life adventures he has along the way. Highly recommend this to true fans of the game.
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By Lou Siegel on February 8, 2012
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The voices in Polman's narrative are pitch perfect, capturing the innocence - and the hypocrisy - of the 20s in America.

And you don't have to be a baseball fan to follow the action.

Covering an era when baseball players were just working-class stiffs who could hit, 1924 and You Are There is a coming-of-age story, but not just for 17-year-old Vinnie.

This "Fictionalized Baseball Replay" is an amusing and compelling look at America before the Depression, the New Deal and World War II transformed the game - and the nation.
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Being a baseball simulation game re-player myself, I found Polman's style of creating a story around his game descriptions to be a brilliant idea. He is a great story teller.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jgraffiti on February 1, 2012
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Jeff Polman has rolled out a clear hit with the introduction of teenage diarist Vinny Spanelli and his partner in adventure Benny Zepp, with a double, triple and home run series of plots and subplots, a curve here and there, no shortage of screwball antics and a few beanballs for the youthful heroes to dodge. With sportswriter Cal Butterworth's reports as a change of pace, and hijinks galore, "1924 and You Are There!" is a fun read from the opening pitch through the last out of the final inning. The advance book description fires a strike right down the middle: drop Huck Finn in a vat of baseball cards (what an image in itself) and Vinny would come out the bottom. Whether you're a fan of baseball or just a fan of enjoyable writing, in "1924" every page is a delight.
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