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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: NTC Business Books (March 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0809225611
  • ISBN-13: 978-0809225613
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,420,199 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Garret Mathews has a favorite baseball memory. When he was a boy, he lived next to Gail Harris, a big leaguer with the New York Giants and Detroit Tigers. Harris once told him that on the last game of the year he had 19 runs and wanted to hit his 20th. The opposing team's catcher, Earl Batty, was a friend. "Earl knew I'd probably never hit that many again... so he agreed to give me a chance." The next pitch was a fastball, and Harris drove it over the right field fence. Mathews remembers, "I was in heaven. He had given me something more precious than balls and bats. He had shared a piece of baseball lore."

Mathews asked 64 people, including LeRoy Neiman, Don Larson, Dick Vitale, and W.P. Kinsella, to share their own pieces of baseball lore. The result is Baseball Days, a nostalgic look at the national pastime. The pieces range from the sad (Bill Bradley remembering how his team had to stay in a dive hotel during a Little League playoff because the better places wouldn't accept the team's black players), to the poignant (Robert Goulet remembering his dad pulling him out of a game to go to his piano lessons), to the funny (sportswriter Hale Brown's "I took up baseball at the age of eight and gave it up after 2 minutes, the length of time it took me to take the field at shortstop and get hit in the nose with an errant ground ball. I ended up with no hits, no runs, one chance, and one error."). A sweet tribute to America's game. --M. Stein

About the Author

Garret Mathews is a columnist for the Evansville (IN) Courier & Press.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lindsay on March 13, 2000
Format: Paperback
While remembering the childhood innocence that has left so many of us behind, this book reflects the simple joys of the great American pastime, playing baseball. I highly recommend the reading of this book for a sure source of entertainment.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bill Drebus on March 12, 2000
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Down to earth; Entertaining; The breaking the window brought back fond memories of the first time of owning up to "my" transgressions and the good feelings it brought even though I was punished for the transgression.
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"Baseball Days: Recollections of America's Favorite Pastime" provides a nostalgic remembrance of a common childhood experience from the unique perspective of well known celebrities including Charles Shultz and Robert Goulet. In this easy-to-read, well organized literary trip down memory lane, Mathews brilliantly captures the essence of childhood innocence and joy expressed in the carefree games of baseball on the sandlot. He takes us back to a time when the sport could be enjoyed without the interference of salary caps and egos, and highlights the pure enjoyment so many of us experienced growing up. While it may be impossible for us to go back to that magical time of the recess world series in reality, Mathews's latest work provides an enjoyable vehicle for us to vicariously experience those days of pure pleasure indulging in America's favorite pastime.
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I found the Book very interesting and most of all the Photographs including the Photograph on page 14, of George Vecsey sitting and reading The New York Times/Sports Section ,which I photographed.
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By Colin on March 11, 2000
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So far this book has informed me on stuff I did'nt know. I had no idea Charles Schultz played baseball. This is a very good book.
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By Ross Deppe on March 11, 2000
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I am not much of a baseball fan, but this made me more of one
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By Kenneth Mathews on March 11, 2000
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My son wrote this book and I'm very proud of this book
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By Cam Robinson on March 11, 2000
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This book told me things that I would have never known
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More About the Author

Garret Mathews writes for The Evansville, Ind., Courier & Press. Born in Abingdon, Va., he graduated from Virginia Tech and worked on the Bluefield, W. Va., Daily Telegraph before coming to Indiana. In 2000, he was named Columnist of the Year for Scripps-Howard newspapers.