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Baseball and the Baby Boomer: A History, Commentary, and Memoir Hardcover – February 1, 2009
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"Talmage Boston captures the heart and soul of the game that we, as baby-boomers, inherited." John Grisham, bestselling author
"Talmage Boston really loves and cares about baseball, and it shows in every page of [this] book." Tim Kurkjian, ESPN baseball analyst and author, Is This a Great Game or What?
"Thoroughly researched and beautifully written, Talmage Boston brings new life to our Grand Old Game in Baseball and the Baby Boomer." Dan Shaunessy, sports columnist, Boston Globe, and author, Senior Year: A Father, A Son, and High School Baseball
"Talmage Boston is a passionate baseball fan and historian. In his book, Boston infuses the game of baseball with a strong dose of humanity, integrity, and personal insight." Sharon Robinson, vice chairperson, Jackie Robinson Foundation, and author, Promises to Keep: How Jackie Robinson Changed America
"Talmage Boston's new book is a powerful statement of what baseball has meant to America's fans since WWII." Tim McCarver, Fox Television analyst and former major league catcher
"Boston does a superb job of striking a chord with baseball fans of the last several decades by pushing the right buttons." Louisville Courier-Journal
"Opening Boston's book is a bit like wandering in on a good sports discussion in a bar. After you leave, you feel you've not only learned something, but also been honored to be in the company of those telling their tales." Fort Worth Business Press
About the Author
Talmage Boston is a sportswriter, a member of the Texas Baseball Hall of Fame, and the author of 1939: Baseball's Pivotal Year from the Golden Age to the Modern Era, and 1939: Baseball's Tipping Point. Frank Deford is a six-time U.S. Sportswriter of the Year winner, a senior contributing writer for Sports Illustrated, a commentator for NPR's Morning Edition, and the author of numerous books, including An American Summer and Everybody's All-American, which was named one of Sports Illustrated's Top 25 Sports Books of All Time.
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Let's first define what "those years" consisted of. The author and I both are part of the "BABY-BOOMER" generation. The first thing I learned from this book is that the time period that defines the "BABY-BOOMER" generation is a longer period than I would have guessed. The author lists those magical years as 1946 thru 1964... off the top of my head I would have thought it was approximately 1946 thru about 1956... but lo and behold... according to the internet the author is correct. The author divides the book into nine chapters that are really nine short stories. The subjects of these short stories are: "MICKEY MANTLE & JIMMY PIERSALL"... which basically describes Father and son relationships going wrong. "YAZ & THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM"... the author's favorite childhood player and his TRIPLE CROWN season leading the Red Sox to the 1967 World Series. "JACKIE ROBINSON & BRANCH RICKEY"... the integration of baseball... and it's interesting to note that Jackie was my all-time idol... and the author attempts to cover his entire lifetime in a restricted space. In my opinion this is fine if the reader is a pedestrian fan... rather than the type of fanatical fan that the author himself and I both claim to be. "NOLAN RYAN"... detailing his record breaking career. "BART GIAMATTI"... the former Commissioner Of Baseball who was famous for loving baseball with the eloquence of a great poet... who was forced to suspend Pete Rose for tarnishing the game that we all love... and the fact that Rose's transgressions were anything but poetic... is probably what killed the Commissioner. "COOPERSTOWN & THE HALL OF FAME"... this shrine to baseball and young boy's dreams... seen through a boy's heart... that still resides inside of all "BABY-BOOMER" boys that just happen to be over fifty-years-old. "ROGER MARIS"... the man who despite threats of asterisks... and the ghost of "THE BABE"... and eight extra games... hit the magical *SIXTY-ONE-HOMERUNS*... and I was absolutely thrilled... and shouting in unison with the author... as he derogatorily ... and resolutely... attacked the shameful steroid era... that mocks the entire history of baseball and its holiest of holy records... records that should remain on the highest peaks of Mount Olympus on hallowed ground... engulfed with rarefied air... so that future generations of boys and men with dreams... will never doubt that they were earned without illegal and artificial enhancements. "FRIENDS IN THE GAME"... the author's personal experiences with John Grisham... Dr. Bobby Brown... Lou Brock... and Bobby Bragan. "FIRST PERSON PERSPECTIVE"... tying it all together with the Author's family and son.
This is an enjoyable book that drips with the loving emotion of a lifetime baseball fan. I feel that the way this book is laid out with nine short stories that its biggest potential impact will be with a reader who is looking for an overview on multiple subjects... rather than the reader who wants intricate detail that would be provided in a biography.
Well written and full of information from Mickey Mantle, Jackie Robinson, Carl Yastremski, Nolan Ryann and more. A must for a baseball fanatic ans casual fan alike.
The book has several photos but I found the captions to be hard to read because the print was small and of a different type than the text of the book. I found this to be an interesting book of this particular author's subjects he felt worthy of inclusion, but it certainly isn't a classic and I'm sure he didn't mean it to be one.