The national pastime has a rich history in the nation's capital, and Frederic Frommer tells this fascinating story splendidly. No fan's library should be without this book.
(George F. Will, syndicated columnist for The Washington Post)Washington baseball history is full of characters: from Dummy Hoy to The Big Train, from Sam Rice to Ted Williams, Frank Robinson to Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper. You Gotta Have Heart is a fun read as diverse and adventurous as the capital city itself. Stroll down the Boulevard de Base Ball and revisit the Golden Age of the ’20s, the brilliance of the Negro Leagues, and the loss of the Senators, twice! The new Nationals aren't going anywhere, and neither are you once you pick up this gem. Good luck putting it down!
(Bob Carpenter, sportscaster and announcer for the Washington Nationals)For those of us who sat watching the Washington Nationals before they became good—and were grateful for the opportunity—and who drive by the site of the old Griffith Stadium wondering what it was like in the really old days of Washington baseball, Fred Frommer’s authoritative history is an absolute treat—as it will be for anybody who just happens to like a good baseball yarn.
(Jerry Seib, Washington bureau chief, The Wall Street Journal
)There's something here for fans of any age . . . in the definitive You Gotta Have Heart: A History of Washington Baseball from 1859 to the 2012 National League East Champions.
(Paul Hagen, MLB.com)It is a fabulous read, both from a baseball point of view and from a history of Washington, D.C.
(Mark Segraves, reporter for NBC 4 in Washington and host of NewsPlus on DC 50 TV)
About the Author
Frederic J. Frommer is an AP writer and the author of The Washington Baseball Fan’s Little Book of Wisdom and co-author of Red Sox vs. Yankees: The Great Rivalry and Growing Up Baseball. He lives in Washington with his wife and two sons.