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This review is from: The 34-Ton Bat: The Story of Baseball as Told Through Bobbleheads, Cracker Jacks, Jockstraps, Eye Black, and 375 Other Strange and Unforgettable Objects (Hardcover)
Let me preface the review with a disclaimer. I have enjoyed reading Steve Rushin's work since his earliest days at Sports Illustrated and still consider his initial book,Road Swing,one of my favorites. As a fellow bald guy raised in the Midwest who has been a fan of all sports, particularly baseball, since earliest childhood I find Rushin's interests and ability to weave sports into the fabric of his life exactly similar to my own experiences. Therefore, I purchased this book knowing that I was going to like it. I was not disappointed.
Beginning with the introduction, the author was able to capture the exact mixture of arcane history, personal memoir, genuine humor, and nostalgia that bonds American families and sports fans together so uniquely. His impeccable curiosity and writing skills make the book difficult to put down once started and fuel a considerable fund of trivia upon which one can draw whenever conversation lags.
His brand of gentle good humor and bonhomie is in the best American tradition of Frank Deford, Roy Blount,and even Mark Twain, and I heartily recommend reading this book.