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The Last Best League: One Summer, One Season, One Dream Hardcover – Bargain Price, April 1, 2004
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While the players are interesting, the real story is the team itself and how its long time manager epitomizes everything about the league. He receives little pay, spends thousands of hours recruiting players, and builds his life managing a team in a short season league, that is a mere pit spot for future major leaguers. It was amazing how these young 19 year old children already have agents, personnel trainers, and specialist doctors, but with signing bonuses often in the millions, the smell of big money corporate baseball lies just below the surface of the simple hometown Cape Cod league.
The book reads well and weaves a good story. The author's access to the 2002 team and locals really capture the moment. Certain parts of the book wax sentimental and are a bit heavy on the symbology of baseball and its role in American culture, but most baseball books fall prey to this. The author's love for the game is obvious. I learned much about how young players are prepped for the major leagues. Any fan of good baseball writing will enjoy the book, especially those who have been lucky enough to grab a Cape League game.
But as the years have past, the memories have dimmed, until I read Jim Collin's book "The Last Best League"
I have to admit that I personally know many of the key characters, which alone would indicate that I should enjoy reading the story, but Jim's easy flow writing style invited me in and I didn't want to leave.
As bizarre as it may seem, as the story developed, I found myself totally absorbed as if I was actually there being a part of the scene. Whether it was in the dugout, at coach Schiffner's house discussing strategy or just walking around Chatham.
If you are a baseball fan this book is a must. It clearly takes the reader for a ride as the best college baseball players in the country begin to feel the pressure, as the competition mounts, and their dreams of playing major league baseball may either be achieved or shattered based on their summer's performance in the Cape Cod Baseball League.
Thanks for the memories Jim - I enjoyed the ride
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent look at the Cape Cod League. If you are a fan of baseball, especially college baseball, you will enjoy this book.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
The Last Best League, by Jim Collins, provides a detailed look into the Cape Cod baseball league: one of the best amateur baseball leagues in the country. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Sue McElroy
I've read better baseball books, but this was a rather unique opportunity to have an up-close look at the elite players of college baseball. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Bob Lewis
This book is about the most elite competition in College baseball. The summer league on Cape Cod. Where each summer the best prospects in college baseball gather. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Sugafoot
Wonderfully written story following the Cape Cod league baseball programs. Interesting to follow a few players and see the transition into the big leagues.Published on February 6, 2014 by Jeff
I was just out on the Cape for a week last month and took in a couple of games of the Y-D Red Sox. We had dinner with Manager Scott Pickler and his wife after one of the games and... Read morePublished on August 8, 2013 by CARL SWEET
amazing story, I've read it 3 times and never get tire of it. Every baseball lover needs to read this! :)Published on March 5, 2013 by Mandie Shumway
I've been going to Chatham every summer of my life. As an avid baseball fan, the A's have been and still are the high points of my time in Chatham. Read morePublished on March 5, 2013 by A.Tsipis
You have to like baseball.
It was an interesting story and I felt that I leaned a lot about baseball and the process to get to "The Big Show".