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Deadball: A Metaphysical Baseball Novel Paperback – November 23, 2011
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"Deadball is about the magical intersection of memory and mystery, a place where the crack of the bat and the shouts of the crowd mingle with the bricks and mortar of vanished ballparks. It's about trying to turn a double into a triple and about trying to turn a barely-held memory into a tangible artifact. (John Kelly, The Washington Post)
"I would highly recommend [Deadball] to anyone. Baseball fans will love the history that is incorporated into the story, but I think anyone would enjoy the book for the story of Byron and his struggles with reality. I can only hope Mr. Stinson decides to write another book.” (Eric Bynum, Baseball Journeyman)
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Down on his luck, alone at the end of his minor league career, and wondering what on earth to do with himself, Byron Bennett begins a quest to learn about Baltimore's Union Park, a fabled venue that housed the earliest incarnation of the Orioles. There he finds a clue, and heads deep into baseball-induced obsession, leading to a road trip across the country to solve the mystery by way of other long-forgotten ballparks, ghost diners, and unforgettably eccentric characters.
Highly recommended for nth-degree baseball fans and mystery lovers alike, "Deadball" is a page-turner of the first order.
Any fan of baseball history, particularly of the deadball era will thoroughly enjoy this novel. So, too, will anyone who has ever experienced the doubt and loneliness that often accompanies the pursuit of a passion as Byron explores a reality unbounded by logic and Time.
This is a fun, fast, and thought-provoking read.
David Stinson has taken that imaginary voyage and chronicled the journey in a delightful yarn that will appeal to fans of baseball, history, or fantasy. If you have a passion for all three, as I do, you're in for a real treat. Mr. Stinson's alter ego Byron Bennett is our guide on a baseball road trip unlike any other, beginning in the backstreets of Baltimore where Union Park, home to the three-time National League Champion Orioles, once stood. The trek ends with...well, you'll have to find that out for yourself. You'll love the ride.
Equally entertaining is the website attributed to Byron Bennett as a tie-in to the book, Deadball Baseball (deadballbaseball.com). The character may be fictional (or not) but the site is the real deal, filled with before and after photographs of ballparks and other sites associated with our pastime's past. The site also has information about playing fields not mentioned in the book, so there's plenty of information and inspiration to undertake a road trip of your own.
In summary, I'd have to say this is a book you may not want to finish. Not because it isn't a good read. On the contrary, it's so well written and enjoyable you'll want the story - and your journey - to go on forever.
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Well researched and crafted story with a very nice sense of humor. Byron is a good main character you can instantly relate to with an excellent back story and motivations. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Ken Mars
This is a great book, it actually re-kindled my love for the game of Baseball (as a Cubs fan, I'm sure all can understand my disdain for the game these days). Read morePublished 18 months ago by el_guapo17
If you like history and love baseball you'll really enjoy this. Remarkable for a first time author. Not perfect but I enjoyed the read.Published on January 10, 2014 by Chad E. Finn
This book had moments when you thought, here it comes...something big is about to happen...and then nothing. Read morePublished on May 19, 2013 by Daniel Dotts
Author knows baseball.....
I enjoy baseball fiction with a weird twist. Henry Waugh type material in some aspects. Good read.
I could not put this book down and was acutally sorry that I had completed it so fast. It is not only a good "metaphysical" novel but this is a great story of baseball past and I... Read morePublished on March 2, 2013 by Bob71142
An excellent first novel from an excellent writer who researches his facts extremely well. Woven into a background of baseball history is a superb plot that keeps you absorbed... Read morePublished on January 30, 2013 by Barbara A. Chipman BAC