Conceived as a game-by-game journal, The Final Season is filled with baseball. Stanton steps up with graceful musings on the game, the park, the Tigers and their history, and, most spiritedly, a pair of living legends--former right fielder Al Kaline and announcer Ernie Harwell. But it's Stanton's thoughts about family--his own family and how the game and the ballpark have connected generations--that truly resonate. In his prose, this lovely old rust bucket of a ballpark, this repository of so many memories, becomes metaphor.
Fittingly, Stanton takes his father to the final game. "I've noticed something today," he writes of the experience. "It's not the seventy- and eighty-year-old men who are wiping their eyes. It's the generation that came after them. And we're hurting not only for the loss of this beautiful place, but for the loss of our fathers and grandfathers--belatedly or prematurely. The closing of this park forces us to confront their mortality, and when we confront their mortality we must confront our own.... A little bit of us dies when something like this, something so tied to our lives, disappears." --Jeff Silverman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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zing run through baseball and tiger stadium history. Brought back fond memories of games,players, and family at the park. Thanks!!
A great book about the last year at a fabled ballpark. It is a gem that I love to reread.Published 15 months ago by Cooperstown Fan
Tom Stanton writes beautifully not only about the last season in one of the original ballparks built in the early part of the 20th Century, but he relates stories about fathers and... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Robert Howe
While I havent seen ball games in too many MLB or MiLB parks I did see one in Tiger Stadium in the late seventies. The place was awesome and is the way ballparks ought to be. Read morePublished on February 15, 2011 by J. A. I.
Tom Stanton has written a beautiful book. If you are a Tigers fan you still miss Tiger Stadium whether you have ever been there or not. Read morePublished on January 15, 2011 by L. A. Guethlein
For the past 15 year or so there's been a small but unmistakable conflict in my mind when it comes to professional baseball. Read morePublished on February 9, 2010 by Thomas Moody
This is a moving look at Tiger Stadium (1912-1999) and the vital father-son-family ties of baseball fans. Read morePublished on October 2, 2008 by K.A.Goldberg
As a huge baseball fan, I have read many, many baseball books. Even though all of them were either entertaining or informative in their own way I have not yet rounded out a Top... Read morePublished on June 18, 2008 by John W. Jackson
Thanks Tom Stanton for this terrific book and sentimental journey. Having grown up on the same street that Mr. Read morePublished on August 2, 2006 by Anita Dukeman