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Product Details

  • Series: Sporting's Best Short Stories series
  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press; Expanded edition edition (April 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1613743769
  • ISBN-13: 978-1613743768
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88,453 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

Baseball's Best Short Stories is, quite simply, a hit machine, grinding out--one after the other, 28 selections in all--just what its title promises. Leading off with Ernest Thayer's classic poem, "Casey at the Bat," it segues directly into Frank Deford's rumination of what happened to Casey when the poetry stopped, then rounds up the usual subjects: Zane Grey's "The Rube's Waterloo," Ring Lardner's "Alibi Ike" and "My Roomy," James Thurber's "You Could Look It Up," P.G. Wodehouse's "The Pitcher and the Plutocrat," Damon Runyon's "Baseball Hattie," T. Coraghessan Boyle's "The Hector Quesadilla Story," and, behind them, a bullpen of considerable depth and breadth. Staudohar steps up with a paragraph of context and biographical data for each piece, but his overall introduction is merely short and serviceable; real fans of baseball's ample literature will likely wish it went deeper in exploring the long and rich tradition that his collection engagingly sends to the plate. --Jeff Silverman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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With the current malaise surrounding the sport, the time is ripe for this excellent collection chronicling more than a century of America's love affair with baseball. With an all-star cast of writers drawn from various eras and genres, Staudohar (Labor Relations in Professional Sports) demonstrates how thoroughly the game permeates American life?its psychology, sense of drama, mythology and moral code provide archetypes familiar even to those who have never set foot in a ballpark. The tales dramatize the conflicts between youth and experience, pride and humility, skill and luck, team loyalty and personal ambition. Master storytellers like Ring Lardner (author of three entries here), Zane Grey, Damon Runyon, P.G. Wodehouse, Robert Penn Warren, James Thurber, Garrison Keillor and T. Coraghessan Boyle celebrate the national pastime in 27 memorable tales and one poem, some poignant, some uproarious, each introduced by a brief editor's note. Baseball and literary fans may debate whether these are indeed the "best" baseball stories (where's George Plimpton's "The Curious Case of Sydd Finch"?). So many good writers have felt the need to write about baseball that compiling a good anthology of baseball fiction isn't the hardest of tasks. Still, even if this project is a bit of a hanging curveball, Staudohar has hit it out of the park.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This book was a gift for someone who is a writer and loves baseball.
Mimi
I strongly recommend that every baseball fan read this book, I give it five stars, and I'm Marvin P. Ferguson, author of BOYS ON THE GOLD COAST.
Marvin P. Ferguson
It came promptly, and the person I gave it to was just delighted with the gift!
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 23, 1998
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What a find! This is without a doubt required reading for anyone who longs for baseball "the way it used to be." Funny and entertaining, sometimes mysterious and dramatic.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Tom Foster on May 22, 2010
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Having played the game professionally, I thoroughly enjoy reminisces that take us back to the days when they would have played the game for nothing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By T. J. Trentadue on August 21, 2012
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Bought this because my husband is a crazy Wodehouse fan, and he did like that short story, but he has enjoyed so many more!! A great collection for those who love the game and those who love good storytelling!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mimi on January 22, 2013
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This book was a gift for someone who is a writer and loves baseball. This is a perfect fit as it is a compilation of baseball stories!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David McCann on September 16, 2014
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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) Baseball's Best Short Stories, a quality paperback edited by Paul Staudohar, and (3) The Greatest Baseball Stories Ever Told, a quality paperback edited by Jeff Silverman. One need not be an informed fan of baseball, past or present, to treasure these stories. Baseball is the framework here; within are Americans intently observing, playing, and cherishing, America`s Game.
¶ I reserve five stars for my tiptop favorites; the hardbound Library of America Anthology cited above I do especially applaud.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By john andrichak on February 28, 2013
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If you love our national pastime, this is the book for you. What happened after "The Mighty Casey " struck out? It's in the book!
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