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God Is Alive and Playing Third Base for the Appleton Papermakers Paperback – November 30, 2001
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The opening piece, "The Streak," for instance, brings to life the 1916 New York Giants' record of playing 27 straight games without a loss. For those who know little or nothing about that long-ago baseball era, Max Blue tells a compelling story full of lively detail: "On a dreary Friday afternoon, September 29, 1916, 43 year old John McGraw, manager of the Giants, stands in the third base coaching box at the Polo Grounds, swearing at his catcher Lew McCarty over there on first base, who has just smacked a single to left. Had he been coaching first, the 150-pound McGraw with the temperament of an Irish bull terrier would probably have his hands around the neck of his dim-witted second-string catcher who outweighs him by a good 50 pounds. What McGraw needs just at this time is an out..."
Or take "Jaybird and Me," a lovely piece about the author and his older brother watching a game between the New York Yankees and the St. Louis Browns in the summer of 1940: "Hot air. In June it settles on St. Louis and remains, welcome as impetigo, until the middle of September, stirred only occasionally by a passing thunderstorm. In the entire month of July, 1940, and well into August, for that matter, the St. Louis daytime temperature never dropped below 90 and out near second base at Sportsmans Park, where the Cardinals and Browns play ball, you could bet it's a good ten degrees hotter, and that's where Jaybird and me are headed.Read more ›