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The Game Paperback – May 3, 2004
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First, Benson gets wrong the year Roger Maris' single season record for home runs was broken. Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa pursued and passed Maris in 1998, not 1999. This is an almost unbelievable error. Only three seasons after the fact, a baseball author making this mistake is like an American historian writing about the original twelve colonies.
Six pages later we read about the famous home run hit by
"a light hitting infielder named Bobby Thomson" in 1951. Thomson was an outfielder and finished tied for fourth (with Stan Musial) in the National League in home runs that year with 32.
Since Benson's book is built on his lifelong love of the game, mistakes like this diminish our trust even if they don't make us doubt the depth of his feeling. His sincerity seems very real, and his writing is smooth, personal and appealing.
Mistakes aside, it's nice to read a baseball book by a fan who is a writer first.
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I love the way Benson writes. The prose just flows through the pages.Published 13 months ago by LJ ONeill
I love baseball, and I am very sentimental about the roll baseball has played in my close relationship with my father. For this reason, I was excited about this book. Read morePublished on April 7, 2006 by David L. Narkiewicz
the human drama plays on, even with the world's greatest baseball player and his friends....Published on June 16, 2003