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Five Seasons: A Baseball Companion Paperback – March 1, 2004
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"No one writes better about baseball."-Boston Globe (Boston Globe )
"Roger Angell is our best writer on baseball."-Newswee (Newsweek )
"Angell's passion for baseball is enough to convert the heathen."-Time (Time )
"Roger Angell is a stunning writer.. A writer who can translate the nuances of the game with perfect clarity."-Tim McCarver, Wall Street Journal (Tim McCarver Wall Street Journal )
"Fans know that Angell, fiction editor for The New Yorker, is one of the heavy hitters of baseball writing. Dating back to 1977 and 1972, respectively, these are two of his finest collections. Essential for public and academic libraries."-Library Journal (Library Journal )
"Angell is best known for ''The Summer Game,'' in which he revolutionized baseball writing by bringing an essayist''s eye to the ballpark. This collection, though, is even better, tracking the sport through the mid-1970s and opening with one of Angell''s signature efforts-an evocative meditation on the ball itself."-Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles Times ) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Angell’s pellucid prose animates these events, and many others, in a way that will instantly recall them to the forefront of your memory—if you were lucky enough to live through them—or make you wish you’d witnessed them if they somehow escaped the scope of your life. Angell also examines some everyday fans like three rabid Detroit devotees as well as some of the game’s invisible stars like professional scouts.
A true baseball lover couldn’t do much better than to read anything Angell has ever written about the game. From the months of November through February, nothing fills the baseball void as Angell does.
Angell is the perfect scribe for capturing it, as he remains almost objective to a fault, sensitive to those who experience the fear of the passing of baseball's last "innocent" period, or at least it's illusion of innocence, and articulates it probably better than any other who writes about America's sporting nature.
The essay covering the three aging Detroit Tiger fans is not only interesting but documents the bridge of past and the present, but from the depression era to the golden age, and now into a third era... That was so cool when I realized upon reading this the first time in the late 70's: major league baseball bridges it's generations without us knowing it at the time...
I now not only keep a keen eye out for the ballet of base coverage, cutoff man alignment, and backup, but also try to judge when there is a crossing of stars from one, two or if your lucky, three eras of great players.
Forget that the five seasons he writes about are now nearly 50 years in the past, that many of the players he talks about are better known today as Managers, or that several of his young stars are not only retired, but have sons whose own careers have ended. Angell's love for the game of baseball and his ability to communicate that love through his words make this a delightful read.
Surprisingly, some of the books weaker moments are its descriptions of individual games or players. It is when Angell moves "outside the lines" and writes about the scouts, the owners, and the fans that he hits his stride. The chapters focused on the three middle aged men who are lifelong Tiger fans; the afternoon spent in Candlestick Park talking with the late Horace Stoneham; the days traveling with a scout to watch young prospects, reveal more about the beauty of the game of baseball than his descriptions of great play-off or World Series games (not that those sections aren't first rate writing as well).
Regardless of the topic, Angell's prose is,as always, a pleasure. His wit, his clarity and his insights make this an enjoyable read for anyone who loves either baseball or good writing.