"I became completely immersed in this book making it very difficult to put down. Although it is fictional it will take you on an enjoyable ride into baseball and America of the late eighteen hundreds."
"This is a great book about the World Champion 1975 Cincinnati Reds. As I read it, I felt like I got to know players like Pete Rose, Joe Morgan, Johnny Bench and others. I also felt like I got to know the manager Sparky Anderson. I will keep it in my collection."
"Well written, held my interest and I enjoyed it. The book also gave me a feel for what it was like to travel a lot while playing in the Negro Leagues, barnstorming, etc. Plenty of baseball, but it is about more than that. I think this is a classic."
"The book is more about the relationships between players, coaches, fans and family than it is about playing the game, but I was not disappointed. Reading it made me feel like I was one of the guys on the team. It was interesting, laugh-out-loud funny in places, realistic and touching. This is the kind of book that has lessons to teach that you will think about long after you finish reading it."
"The book is filled with short stories about more than two dozen men that played during the period between the turn of the Century and the middle forties. This is an enjoyable read. It gave me the feeling of going back into those times in baseball history."
"This is a fascinating book about the evolution of statistics in baseball and how statistics are almost as big as the game itself. This is one of my all-time favorites. I think that I could read it about once a year."
"Gould is thought provoking, interesting and covers things that should have been covered in other baseball books, but haven't. Don’t let his terrific vocabulary intimidate, it becomes more “regular guy” after the first chapter."