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Product Details

  • Paperback: 396 pages
  • Publisher: Xlibris Corporation (November 6, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1441563431
  • ISBN-13: 978-1441563439
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,560,987 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...the purest fan memoir I've yet read...Lewers is...everyfan USA." - NICHOLAS CROSTEN, Lit Bases website

"...Lewers' book reminds us why we love the game so much." - MATT O'DONNELL, Fenway West website

"Every fan has his or her memories, but not everyone can express them as well as Lewers has." - Ron Kaplan, Ron Kaplan's Baseball Bookshelf

"...Lewers is the pioneer for the personal baseball narrative." - Bill Jordan, BaseballReflections website --

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It's been said that people need things to fill in the ordinary moments of their lives that exist between life's major milestones. It is through these things that we live out our humanity and relate to one another. For me, one of these things has been baseball. It has been a joy to reminisce and write about the things in this book. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jeff on January 13, 2010
Format: Paperback
Bill lewers did not set out to write "the" great baseball book. He's just a fan. In Six Decades of Baseball: A Personal Narrative, published through Xlibris, he wisely limits his focus to that perspective. He gets his two cents in and takes you along on his personal 60 year long baseball odyssey. It is all splased against the backdrop of his personal life and times. Bill has seen a lot. He has been to a lot of places. This is "reality baseball," and from my point of view, a lot more fun than most "reality TV." He grew up in New York, but picked the Red Sox to root for. He explains that. And it takes some explanation. His take on some of baseball's major events and personalities are refreshingly different from the conventional wisdom of baseball insiders. His heroes are not always the usual supects. He takes you to the modern ball parks he has visited, like Camden Yard in Baltimore, and the old ones, like Yankee Stadium, the Polo Grounds, Forbes Field in Pittsburgh, and of course to Fenway Park. Sometimes he even takes you along on the public transporation route or drive to the Park. He seems to not have been as crushed by the 6th game of 86 World Series as most members of Red Sox Nation. Maybe that is because of his NY roots. Who knows? He pays attention to detail but does not inundate the reader with statistics. And he ventures opinions on a variety of related subjects from coverage of games ot TV, fielding practice, Ken Burns "Baseball", the steroid issue, and rain delays, to "The Wave" and little league baseball.
He admits others, often including his wife and children, do not always share his passion for the game. But it is his passion. In accepting the responsibilties of being a husband, parent, and adult, he has tried to put away childish things.
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By A. Ballentine on February 5, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Bill Lewers is not a professional writer or sports commentator. That is the charm of this book. He is a fan, sharing his memories over the past six decades, and inviting the rest of us to remember our own experiences at the ballpark. Lewers organizes this delightful book according to the decades, beginning with the 1950s. In short chapters, he remembers players, games and ballparks. He grows up and marries and fathers children -- and weaves his personal life with his baseball memories.

The book has made me think of all the games I've seen in ballparks that have been torn down. For example, I remember seeing Stan Musial at my first big-league game, with my parents, in old Connie Mack Stadium, in Philadelphia. I remember taking my girl friend to the first game played in Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia, in April of 1971. (I'm not sure I have ever felt so cold! Future Hall of Famer Jim Bunning was the winning pitcher over the Montreal Expos, a team that no longer exists.) I remember taking my future wife to the same ballpark, to see a game that the Phils won in the bottom of the 13th when future Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt took ball four with the bases loaded to walk in the winning run. (Schmitty had been a frustrating oh-for-five to that point in the game.) When I lived in Chicago, general admission tickets to White Sox games cost $2.00. When the Angels were in town for a double header, that worked out to 25 cents per Rod Carew at-bat, which was totally worth it! The rest of the games were free, in my mind! I remember taking my 18 month-old son to the now torn-down Memorial Stadium when we lived in Baltimore, and watching the Orioles win a game with a steal of home.
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By bobintampafl on February 22, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I worked with Bill for a while in IBM and never really appreciated, until I read his book, how deeply he cares for the game of baseball. While reading Bill's first 'two decades' I found myself drifting back to my years as a young boy: following the Phillies in the newspaper, visiting Connie Mack stadium, listening on the radio. I also chose a somewhat odd team to follow in addition to the Phils (i grew up in eastern PA) as I found myself following the St Louis Cards (Lou Brock and Bob Gibson were my favs). The book actually has me really excited about spring training for the Tampa Rays (as I now live in Tampa), and hoping they can re-build the bullpen this year. Oh and I wonder if Bill has any interest in seeing how well Manny and Johnny D. play in a Rays uniform? If you grew up following any team closely Bill will put a smile on your face as you follow his ups and downs with the Sox and his later adopted Orioles. I have a saying that the only thing I hate more than a Yankees fan is a Red Sox fan, but in Bill's case I guess I have to make an exception!
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