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Ball Four: The Final Pitch by Jim Bouton - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781630260347
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Published: Turner - April 1st, 2014

My parents bought me Ball Four for my tenth birthday, two months after its original publication date in 1970, gifting me a life-changing read they probably still rue. Jim Bouton demythicized the American athlete for me, and made human the same legends I had been brought up to revere. In remembering him with his recent death, I elegize Jim Bouton with respect for his wit, his honesty, and most of all, his intelligence, which helped him to become for me my life's first 'Renaissance Man.' ~ Reviewed by Ray Marsocci


Ballpark: Baseball in the American City by Paul Goldberger - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780307701541
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Published: Knopf - May 14th, 2019

The parks where our national pastime is played are gloriously revealed in these insightfully written and beautifully illustrated pages. Ballparks, for over a century, have reflected and defined urban America by their sometimes tasteful and sometimes brutal architecture, by their relationship with surrounding buildings, streets, and highways, by their idiosyncrasies, and, at their heart, by furnishing a timeless green oasis. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


108 Stitches: Loose Threads, Ripping Yarns, and the Darndest Characters from My Time in the Game by Ron Darling - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781250184382
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Published: St. Martin's Press - April 2nd, 2019

Just in time for baseball season, this is a wild ride through baseball history. Ron Darling weaves his way through America's Pastime playing a bit of Six Degrees of Separation, often including personal anecdotes of players he crossed paths with during his time in the majors. With its quick, digestible chapters, this is the perfect book for reading in between innings or during those 7th inning stretches. ~ Reviewed by Chris Linendoll


Stars and Strikes: Baseball and America in the Bicentennial Summer of ‘76 by Dan Epstein - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781250072542
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Published: A Thomas Dunne Book for St. Martin's Griffin - February 9th, 2016

A Bicentennial baseball blast. While the diamond was studded with Mark "The Bird" Fidrych, the resurgent New York Yankees, and the mighty Big Red Machine, baseball experienced mammoth changes in 1976, most notably the beginning of free agency that paved the way for the millionaire player. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


The Last Boy: Mickey Mantle and the End of America's Childhood by Jane Leavy - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780060883539
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Published: Harper Perennial - October 4th, 2011

Adored for his athleticism, the All American boy feared an early death, endured countless injuries and operations, and boorishly abused women and booze. He believed he failed his deceased father, and, with the cheers of the crowds in the background, struggled mightily to become an All American man. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


The Big Fella: Babe Ruth and the World He Created by Jane Leavy - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780062380227
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Published: Harper - October 16th, 2018

Babe Ruth belted 714 Big League home runs, while his gargantuan personality and appetites captivated the media-drenched, baseball-crazed 1920s. Jane Leavy socks her own four-bagger by revealing the athlete whose field of play extended far beyond the diamond, and the abandoned boy who became the Babe. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


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