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Baseball: A Literary Anthology Hardcover – March 4, 2002
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More than any other sport, I think, baseball seems to inspire writing that's lyrical without being cheesy or cloying. That much is apparent in this collection, which also treats us to "Casey at the Bat" (naturally), Owen Johnston, Ring Lardner, Nelson Algren, Jimmy Breslin, Roger Angell, and much more (but, I observe without comment, no George Will). When my lovely bride gave me this collection back in June, I knew it would be a perfect companion for the season. Now I'm finding it an even better companion for the still young off-season. So as we try to figure out how many days are left until pitchers and catchers report to spring training, this great collection of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and prose will carry us forward, and back, to summer.
Among the contributions are the works of Ring Lardner, Don DeLillo, sportswriters Damon Runyon & Red Smith, and poets William Carlos Williams & Yusef Komunyakaa. Included are essays and player profiles from John Updike, Gay Talese, Roger Angell, and David Remnick.
Baseball: A Literary Anthology is a varied and exuberant display of what baseball has meant to American writers. Among the highlights: Philip Roth considers the terrible thrill of the adolescent centerfielder; Richard Ford listens to minor league baseball on the radio while driving cross-country; Amiri Baraka remembers the joy of watching the Newark Eagles play Negro League ball; Stephen King follows his son's team on their riveting journey toward a Little League championship.
Bringing together tales of ambition and heartbreak, childlike wonder and implacable disappointment, raw strength and even rawer emotion, Baseball: A Literary Anthology tells a rich and vital story about the sport that has always been more than just a game in the hearts of Americans.
In an age where venal, shorsighted men seem bent on destroying the game, reading this book gives one perspective: Such men have always existed--and failed. This stands, then, as a book of remembrance, reflection and hope. It's just what baseball-and baseball fans-need.
This is a truly great read!
Appropriately, the first selection is Thayer's "Casey at the Bat." I never weary of reading it or of hearing someone recite it. Corny? Of course. I hasten to add, Dawidoff also includes brilliant commentaries by those sports journalists most closely identified with baseball (e.g. Runyon, Lardner, Rice, Smith, Gallico, and Angell) as well as Satchell Paige's delightful selection, "Rules for Staying Young." As I think about this book, the word "feast" comes to mind; also the word "buffet." The authors offer a wide and deep combination of perspectives on what remains our national pastime. Although I am appalled by so much which is apparently essential to Major League Baseball today (especially greed and the inevitable victim of it, loyalty), I have not as yet lost my faith in the game's essential integrity.Read more ›
Of particular interest to me was the chapter where Lawrence Ritter talks to Sam Crawford. Sam's views on life and people are engrossing, his assessement of opposing players provocative and his memories of the game eye-opening.
Overall this book should be read by any fan of baseball. It's a unique book and is full (over 700 pages) of interesting reading. The entire history of baseball is covered in this book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fantastic writing! I'm already ordering the books from which many of these excerpts are taken!Published 21 hours ago by Luz Shepherd
Excellent Book. Very written and extensive collection!Published 8 months ago by Rev. Ron Hooker (Yale Graduate)
This is great writing about baseball, great writing in itself. So many fine writers were into baseball. It's lyric.Published 10 months ago by Peter Hanson
I recently purchased from Amazon, and now have read, three baseball anthologies: (1) Baseball, a hardbound Library of America anthology, edited by Nicholas Dawidoff; (2)... Read morePublished 16 months ago by David McCann
This was a required text for a class, however I would buy it anyway. It's a delight to read, varied in the chosen authors. Read morePublished 19 months ago by SophieB.
This anthology has every bit of good writing on the sport of baseball a true fan could want. A must for a literature or baseball enthusiast.Published on January 14, 2014 by Drunk at Ten Hundred
The book was a gift to my grandson. I suppose he is better at sports than he is at reading since he has never commented on the book.Published on November 17, 2013 by B. Wallace