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Rather than stringing the selections together chronologically, the book's editor, Steve Kettmann, groups them by the three seasons of the gamespring, summer, fall. The structure works well to expose the breadth and depth of Angells writing across the years. As Richard Ford promises in the introduction, "It is by getting those. . . baseball essentials (strategies, nuances, protocols) down onto the page, and cementing the hard foundation without which sporstswriting cant earn your time away from the game itself, that Angell has made his bones."
The downside of this approach, however, is that some selections feel dated or misplaced for readers who did not live through the seasons in question. Many of the rookies scouted or players traded have long since faded into the obscurity. And for essays like "Distance," which profiles pitcher Bob Gibson, placement in "Summer" seems forced, the piece beginning as it does with recollection of Gibsons seventeen strikeout record set in the 1968 World Series.
But these are faults to be expected in a collection that represent the vastness of Angells contribution to baseball. In Angell, baseball is blessed to have found its perfect fan: literate, humble, and always eager for spring.--Patrick OKelley --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Re-reading Roger Angell is always a pleasure for a baseball fan. It reminds me of my pretty long interest (from the 50's) as I still recognize the greats of the past decades. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Rev. Stephen Goldstein
Asking fans of baseball and writing to conjure up which Roger Angell book is the best introduction to his body of work is like asking an art buff to pick out the definitive Da... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Bruce Baskin
Roger Angell has been writing essays in The New Yorker since 1960 and originally was a fiction essayist extraordinaire. Read morePublished on September 13, 2009 by Richard C. Geschke
Considered by many as baseball's poet laureate, Roger Angell displays his moving style in this compilation of top writing. Read morePublished on November 11, 2006 by K.A.Goldberg
I bought this book because Angell has an account of going to a college baseball game with 1912 Red Sox pitcher, Smoky Joe Wood. Read morePublished on November 3, 2006 by Marc D. Witkes
After I bought "Game Time" I was immensely disappointed to realize that the greatest baseball writer of our times has done it again! Read morePublished on September 20, 2005 by Randy Keehn
When it comes to baseball, the mind is unreliable and selective in what it remembers. Games and seasons blend into to one another and most second basemen or relief pitchers fade... Read morePublished on April 20, 2005 by C M Magee
Roger Angell is one of the best essayists around. His work in the New Yorker has always been among the best material in the magazine, not only because it is excellent writing,... Read morePublished on September 23, 2004 by Z. Blume