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"Deadball is a riveting read for fans of baseball and its long and storied history." (Midwest Book Review)

"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)


David Stinson's new book Deadball, is a breath of fresh air for buffs of Baltimore baseball heritage. His lacing of historical persons, places, and events into his fictitious ballpark sojourn is well crafted and a pure delight to read. I urge him to write another!" (Mike Gibbons, Executive Director, Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum)


Deadball is "engaging." An "entertaining and bittersweet story." (Ron Kaplan, Ron Kaplan's Baseball Bookshelf)


Deadball is "A Pilgrimage to the Past." "Stinson's style is straightforward and casual, as if he's just along for the ride, too, not even in control of what happens next . . . . Is the payoff worth it? Yes. Absolutely. Read it and discover the connections for yourself."  (Gabriel Schechter, Never Too Much Baseball and Seamheads)


"Deadball . . . is unlike any other baseball book in that it does a good job of combining past truths such as the history of well-known ballparks from beginning of the 20th century with fictional occurrences such as the story of Bennett's  life and the visions which have come to him."  (Bill Jordan, Baseball Reflections)

"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)

About the Author

David B. Stinson, a former litigator for the U.S. Department of Justice, is a recovering lawyer. A long-time youth baseball coach, he did not learn to hit a curve ball until he was in his 40's. David is General Manager of the Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts, a collegiate wooden bat league team in Maryland. Deadball is his first novel. He resides with his wife and three children in Silver Spring, Maryland. Visit him at www.davidbstinsonauthor.com.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Huntington Park Publications, Inc. (November 23, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983668906
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983668909
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,088,131 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David B. Stinson, a former litigator for the U.S. Department of Justice, is a recovering lawyer. A long-time youth baseball coach, he did not learn to hit a curve ball until he was in his 40′s. David is Director of Player Personnel and former General Manager of the Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts, which plays in the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League (a summer wooden bat league). David is the creator and administrator of deadballbaseball.com, a website devoted to the lost ballparks of baseball. He resides in Silver Spring, Maryland. Visit him at davidbstinsonauthor.com.

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Format: Paperback
"Deadball" takes on the world of early baseball--its long-forgotten teams, closed ballparks, and celebrated players--and makes them come alive in a present day story with mystery and fantasy elements. Truly a tale that even a baseball luddite (like me) can thoroughly enjoy.

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.
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If you are a baseball fan and a fan of the history of the game, you will love this book. The author takes great pains delving into baseball's past, eloquently describing many of the no-longer-in-existence ballparks where the game once was played; then again, maybe some of those old parks are still there. You need to read this book to find out how that is possible. If you are a player, this book is for you!
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One of baseball's beauties is that Time does not matter, at least in each individual game. If we are talking about Baseball with a capital "B," however, then Time matters a great deal. David Stinson has written a wonderful adventure that explores Baseball's Time factor, for Baseball's past is never really past; it is always before us fans in the form of statistics and stories and the places where the game has been played. For main character Byron Bennett, the game and its heroes are before him in more metaphysical ways.

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.
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Think of a mid-Atlantic "Field of Dreams" with a touch of "Time and Again" and a healthy dose of baseball tour-guide trivia. David B. Stinson brings it all together in this clever novel that moves you seamlessly from the daily disappointments of a middle-aged guy still dreaming of what shoulda been, into that moment when you're not sure if our hero is losing his mind, or finally finding his true path. And you want him to find that path - that baseline, if you will - filled as it is with nostalgia and the exhilaration of getting that call to the Bigs. Stinson has done his research about deadball and baseball parks, and trivia buffs not be disappointed. A satisfying read for the baseball fan in all of us.
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This book catches your attention from the get-go and holds it to the very end. Bygone eras come to life...if only briefly, but send the reader's mind escaping to purer times. I love original stories and this certainly is one. Anyone who appreciates baseball, history and great storytelling should leap at the opportunity to acquire this book. It makes a great addition to the library of books written about baseball, while also carving a singular place for itself with a unique, entertaining story. I highly recommend it.
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As a Baltimorean, and Orioles fan and a lover of local and baseball history, this book was a dream come true to read. I too have visited the old ball park sites in Baltimore and Boston (but never saw anything fun!). Great read. Wonderful fantasy!
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Imagine what it would be like to go back in time and meet such baseball legends as Babe Ruth, Cy Young, and John McGraw. Now take it one step further and picture yourself in a baseball stadium long vanished: Ebbets Field in Brooklyn or Pittsburgh's Forbes Field.

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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