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Bob Feller: Ace of the Greatest Generation Hardcover – January 31, 2004


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Potomac Books Inc.; 1 edition (January 31, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1574884417
  • ISBN-13: 978-1574884418
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,872,314 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Finding something wrong with Bob Feller: Ace of the Greatest Generation is like trying to hit one of Feller's fastballs. John Sickels hasn't just written a new book about a baseball player. Sickels has invented a new way of writing about baseball players." -Rob Neyer, ESPN.com columnist and author of Rob Neyer's Big Book of Baseball Lineups

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 8, 2004
Format: Hardcover
while i am not an avid baseball fan, i thought the book told a very fascinating story for the ages about a baseball legend. honestly, i had never heard of Bob Feller until i found this book. now that i know of his tale and his conflicts with his peers, i would like to learn more about him.
Sickels starts the book out solidly, beginning with his life on the farm. as Feller continues through life, historical facts and social norms are juxtaposed against Feller's comments, choices, and career. i found this aspect of the book the most enjoyable.
there actually are tons of stats spread all over the book, but they act as punctuation to the story, never overwhelming the plot. also, Sickels mostly remains an invisible narrarator - he rarely makes judgement calls and keeps the spotlight focused on Feller.
Sickels kind of storytelling is the type i'd love to see made into a movie - maybe a Costner or Crystal flick. Sickels does a great job moving from statistician to historian.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Robert Boynton on December 10, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This is one of the best baseball biographies that I have ever read -- balanced, throroughly resaearched, very well written.

I am of Feller's generation, was a Cleveland Indians fan throughout his career, and therefore knew a great deal about him. I have read Feller's autobiographies.

Yet I learned a great deal from Sickels books and found it fascinating reading -- hard to put down. Some of it was a very pleaseant trip down memory lane.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Larry Lawrence on February 8, 2004
Format: Hardcover
The most outstanding facet of this book, I found, is the way that it was put together combining numerical facts with historically accurate details. The book gave lots of information without making me feel like it was only full of statistics. It's a true biography, combining both Bob Feller's private life and the public's view of his career. I would suggest this book to not just baseball fans, but any fan of history as well. Its a definite must read.
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