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Classic Baseball: Timeless Tales, Immortal Moments Hardcover – April 1, 2022

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John Rosengren finds both the quiet heroism and the quirky theatrics - and always the humanity - in his cast of baseball greats, near-greats, and guys who just love the game. Rosengren loves the game as well, and that passion brings to life every page in this collection of superb articles.

-- James S. Hirsch, author of Willie Mays: The Life, the Legend

Classic Baseball, John Rosengren’s wonderful collection of true-to-the-bone baseball tales, reveals an artist in full control of enough writerly personae to fill an entire dugout. Rosengren is by turns an elegant stylist; evocative memoirist; provocative historian; probing investigative reporter; non-gooey nostalgist; and Sabr-matician with a soul beyond statistics. Whatever his authorial guise, Rosengren soulfully sheds new insight on baseball’s biggest themes and most intriguing crannies, in prose that glistens, well, like a perfectly cut diamond.

-- Neal Karlen, author of This Thing Called Life: Prince’s Odyssey Off and On the Record

In his impressive collection, John Rosengren takes us to the four corners of the baseball world, adeptly exploring the game’s humorous, serious and poignant sides. When it comes to our national pastime, few write with such expertise, enthusiasm and understanding.

-- Tim Wendel, author of Escape from Castro’s Cuba and Summer of ‘68

Like a seasoned hurler who knows exactly where he's going to put his next pitch, John Rosengren delivers these Timeless Tales with skill, savvy, and a grace that belies the sheer amount of hard work involved. If you're looking for a ripping baseball read, look no further.

-- Dan Epstein, author of Big Hair and Plastic Grass: Baseball and America in the Swinging '70s

Book Description

A collection of iconic, unbelievable, and intimate stories from baseball history that celebrate the enduring impact of the national pastime.

Make simple joys affordable

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (April 1, 2022)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 170 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1538156962
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1538156964
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 14.3 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6.26 x 0.68 x 9.38 inches
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I am a Pulitzer Prize nominee and winner of the Donald Robinson Award for Investigative Journalism along with about 20 other awards. I have published nine books and hundreds of magazine articles in publications such as The Atlantic, The New Yorker, Reader's Digest, Sports Illustrated, and The Washington Post Magazine.

My work has been anthologized alongside that of Maya Angelou, Marlon James, Bill Moyers, George Saunders, and Meg Wolitzer.

The movie and TV rights for one of my books, "BLADES OF GLORY: The True Story of a Young Team Bred to Win," have been optioned three times by different Hollywood production companies, including Milo Ventimiglia's.

I once interviewed a woman shot by hijackers and left for dead on the tarmac.

I raced my bike against Greg LeMond in South Africa (and beat him). I played a tennis match against the world’s top-ranked wheelchair tennis player (and lost). I channeled a 330-pound, Samoan, retired NFL nose tackle who is gay (Esera Tuaolo, for his memoir). I played softball on snowshoes in the summertime (wood chips spread across the infield). I rapped a base hit off former Twins pitcher Rick Aguilera.

I listened to a nurse tell me the story of prying a shotgun shell out of Ernest Hemingway’s hand when he was intent upon killing himself. I profiled a woman who is a Roman Catholic priest. I attended an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting with LGBTQ Native Americans. I interviewed a mortician in the room where she embalmed my father. I interviewed a 15-year-old boy in his hospital room after he tried to stop a school shooter.

All in a few days' work, stretching back to 1981, when I began freelancing as a senior in high school, same time I got clean and sober. I was an English major at Saint John's University, mentored by J. F. Powers. I earned my master's in creative writing at Boston University, where I studied with Derek Walcott and Saul Bellow.

Along the way, I have lived in Boise, Boston, Florence, London, Paris, and St. Paul. Today I'm at home in my native Minneapolis with my wife Maria, our two children, and a golden retriever named Maya.

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