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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.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Taylor Trade Publishing (July 29, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1589798430
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589798434
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #245,482 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Frederic Frommer was born in Queens, N.Y., where he mastered body surfing in the Atlantic and playing stickball. His journalism career has taken him from Long Island to New Hampshire to Washington, D.C., where he worked at CNN and washingtonpost.com before joining The Associated Press. Frommer created a groundbreaking beat on the intersection of sports and public policy, covered the Roger Clemens trial and the U.S. Courthouse, and currently writes about politics for the AP. He has authored several books on baseball, and freelanced for The Washington Post, The New York Times, POLITICO MAGAZINE and several other publications. He has been interviewed by media outlets including NPR, ABC News, NBC News, ESPN Radio, SiriusXM, Bloomberg Politics, The Washington Post and The New York Times. Frommer is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis and earned a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University in New York. He enjoys running, biking and playing with his two young sons.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Quentin R. Stewart, Jr. on October 4, 2013
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As a fan of the national pastime, Baseball for those who have not heard it called that, You Gotta Have Heart is an interesting read. The history of baseball in the nation's capital is well covered and an important part of baseball history. Frommer takes the reader through the ups and downs of any ball team that fans everywhere understand and live with even if it is frustrating at times.

An interesting part of the book is the history of the early players and the ones that I remember from my childhood reading about in the newspaper and their on field exploits. It is also interesting to see that the fans of Washington, D.C. stuck behind the team through the good and the bad times. It seems that the team was one of the things that held a transient population together. Even today's politicians can leave the haggling over differences in beliefs and come together and enjoy a baseball game or simply sit and discuss a game or the team. Baseball can be a unifying and bring diverse people together.

The book ends with 2012 season when the Nationals made it to the playoffs. Rather the Senators of old or the new Nationals the area around D.C. fell in love with the team and we can only hope that they continue to have a long run in the capital city. An very interesting and satisfying read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Charles Norman Willis on January 18, 2014
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The book is well-written and not only has information about the American League Senators of the 20th Century but contains up-to-date information about the current National League Nationals, as well as the famous Washington Homestead Grays of the Negro League of the 1930s and 40s. Whereas my book 'Washington Senators All-Time Greats" emphasizes the performances of the best Washington ballplayers and contains a lot of Washington Senators history for the period 1871-1971, Mr. Frommer's team history is much more complete. I enthusiastically recommend his book to all Washington Senators/Nationals fans!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 29, 2013
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I've been a Washington baseball fan since 1952 and this book informed me and filled in the blanks for all I missed as well as forgotten. Any Washington fan would really enjoy reading this as well as use for reference.
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It is not an easy task to take a reader through the entire history of baseball in Washington, D.C. in one book. Formmer does a good job of it, however, making you feel like you are taking a stroll down through time with a team that you can't help but love. In the process he covers many details and adds stories to bring the history to life. This truly is a history of baseball in Washington. The author covers and folds in the story of the black leagues, and highlights the effects of WWII on the city and baseball. He brings individual players to life, and covers the ups and down of the teams that played. Anyone who loves baseball will enjoy having this book. For anyone who loves Washington baseball, this book is a must have.
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By Philip Strauss on October 25, 2013
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I am 64 and lifelong Washington Baseball fan. My father who is 89 is a lifelong Washington fan and was born the last year that Washington won a World Series, 1924. My grandfather also was a Washington fan. My daughter is now a great fan. With all that said, I applaud this book for it's wonderful detail and history. Now I know what my grandfather experienced so many years ago. I highly recommend this book to all baseball fans and of course it should be required reading for all Washington baseball fans.
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By AHamilton on December 17, 2014
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Bought this for a kid who LOVES the Washington Nationals baseball team. No pictures, but he is really into the history of the team. Not for all kids at all, but good for this book loving 10 year old. Would be great for adults.
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Bought for my husband for father's Day because he is an old Senator's fan and now a Washington Nats fan I thought he would enjoy this book. He liked it and will enjoy reading about his favorite team.
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By Paul Smith on November 24, 2013
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This book offers a vivid history of Washington baseball -- from Clark Griffith to the Homestead Grays to Frank Howard to Bryce Harper and Stephen Strasburg. A must read for all modern-day Nats fans!
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