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Triumph and Tragedy in Mudville: A Lifelong Passion for Baseball Paperback – Illustrated, May 17, 2004

4.3 out of 5 stars 22 ratings

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Editorial Reviews


“Gould is at his best when he uses his critical powers and statistical acumen to challenge speculation.”
- American Scientist

“A treat for any fan.”
- Atlanta Jewish News

“A masterpiece in its own right.”
- Blue Ridge Business Journal

“A jovial and eloquent fan of the game...[Gould] displays an appreciation for the game that goes beyond bell curves and bar charts.”
- Chicago Tribune

“A triple treat from the mind of a passionate fan, an incisive thinker, and a lucid writer.”
- Mark E Hayes, Elysian Fields Quarterly

“In this fine collection, Gould...is part scientist, part detective and, of course, all baseball fan.”
- Richard A Somma, Free Lance-Star [Fredericksburg, VA]

“Makes it clear that [Gould] was as avid and knowledgeable about baseball as he was about paleontology.”
- Michiko Kakutani, New York Times

“Intellectual Windex for what David Wells splattered on us earlier this spring.”
- Alan Schwarz, New York Times Book Review

“A winning combination of personal memoirs..., essays about players the author admired, scientific inquiries, and book reviews.”
- Sacramento Bee

“Gould wrote as enthusiastically about baseball as he did about evolution....his best...essays on the game are gathered [here].”
- John Curtis, San Diego Union-Tribune

About the Author

Stephen Jay Gould (1941-2002) was the Alexander Agassiz Professor of Zoology and Professor of Geology at Harvard University. He published over twenty books, received the National Book and National Book Critics Circle Awards, and a MacArthur Fellowship.

David Halberstam (1934-2007) was an American Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author known for his early work on the Vietnam War, his work on politics, history, the Civil Rights Movement, business, media, American culture, and his later sports journalism.

Product details

  • Item Weight : 1 pounds
  • Paperback : 361 pages
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0393325577
  • ISBN-10 : 0393325571
  • Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company; Illustrated Edition (May 17, 2004)
  • Product Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.91 x 8.25 inches
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.3 out of 5 stars 22 ratings