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Stolen Season Hardcover – 1991

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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Random House; First Edition edition (1991)
  • ASIN: B001UFYELK
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.2 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,137,970 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Christopher J. Martin VINE VOICE on August 23, 2002
Format: Hardcover
David Lamb's summer through the minor leagues is one of the most outstanding baseball books I've ever read. He writes like a storyteller and really makes the reader care about every team and player he writes about. These players, particularly in the low minors, really play baseball for the love of the game and the chance they might make it big one day. Lamb also takes the time to make the local color of the towns he visited come alive. With all the problems of Major League Baseball now, this book will remind you why you care about baseball.
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As I read this book, I was reminded a bit of Steinbeck's old book, "Travels with Charley." In both books, the reader is treated to a commentary of "life on the road." However, in this case it's following the author as he travels across country in his RV to watch numerous minor league baseball games. How many of us as baseball fans secretly wish we could do just that? How many of us however actually have the time and more importantly the finances to do this?
While the book is dated, it still is well worth a read. The author describes the dreams of numerous minor league ballplayers to make it to "the Show," but points out only one out of every fourteen actually makes it to the big leagues. And not only is this book about their stories, but the stories of numerous minor league towns, and the people the author encounters. He also gets to meet and talk with several of his boyhood idols, players from the 1957 Milwaukee Braves. Some of the stories of these people are sad, some hilarious, but all of them are quite entertaining. I've recommended this book to a friend with a son who aspires to be a "big leaguer" someday, because it entails some of the hardships involved in getting there. This book is a travelogue of places where time has seemingly stood still and the players are gods, even if they are only minor leaguers pursuiing a dream.
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“Stolen Season” is colorful, literate, observant and vivid. The author has an eye for detail and an ear for anecdotes and quotes. The book is at its best when the author is using this talent to observe and report. Occasionally, the book veers into opinion territory and it loses a lot of its appeal, and sometimes contradicts itself. The author gives his opinion on why Reagan was elected, what makes a business successful and why he didn’t see more blacks in the stands. This leads to some contradictions between what the author believes and what he’s observing. We are told that nobody is open to new ideas in baseball, but we read about innovators like Jim Paul. We are led to believe that racism is the reason for the lack of blacks in minor league baseball, but we read about other possible explanations, like Hank Aaron’s. Most of the book, though, is about what the author observed and skillfully reported. The book is full of interesting characters and entertaining scenes. The visits with Warren Spahn, Del Crandall and Chuck Tanner were some of my favorite parts. The book is satisfying storytelling about a trip to places where young men are “good enough to dream.”
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If you like stories about Americans, Baseball, and good people this is the book. After reading this you'll be think should I get an RV and see the country. If you haven't read Travel with Charlie" by Steinbeck get a copy at the same time.
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Presumably a book about baseball, this is really a story of America, and a great one at that. Minor league baseball serves as the backdrop. Every chapter is a tangent, and if you're like me, you go along for the ride. Lamb is a gifted writer with just the right amounts of idealism, cynicism, sarcasm and optimism. A thoroughly enjoyable read.
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From the standpoint of pure enjoyment, the author of this book hits one out of the park. A lover of the “national pastime” since a young man, he takes the reader on a summertime journey across the country in search of players on minor league rosters whose primary focus is making it to Major League Baseball. We are introduced to small-and medium-sized towns and their faithful boosters, who talk about their love for their teams (through good times and bad). Several interviews with well-lknown players of the past also provide insight into the psyches of those who spent so many years in pursuit of fame and fortune. Some made the transition from the minors to the majors; the stories of those who did make the grade are equally compelling.
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Criss-crossing America in a battered RV for a summer, visiting minor league ball parks, getting to know the young players and interviewing almost forgotten former ones, this is an odessy any baseball fan would love to take. Highly recommended.
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I have read a lot of books about the minor leagues. But this one was by far the best one I have ever read. I recommend it highly. The only negative thing I could say about it is that it was not long enough. Great book
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