"In Baseball Between Us, Mike and Matt Luery have completed a dream voyage that every father and son should be blessed to experience... a voyage that forged two generations and nurtured a bond that only baseball could have created. I am honored to have been part of their journey."
"A great read! Anyone who has ever played catch or watched a game with their son or daughter will absolutely be touched by the book. Mike truly captures the spirit of what baseball has meant to generations of families."
"If you love reading stories about how baseball can help make connections between people, you will love this book."
Baseball Between Us: 16 Years. 32 Ballparks. 43,000 Miles. A Road Map to a Winning Father/Son Relationship
Mike Luery, with Matt Luery. Sleuth (Midpoint, dist.), $17.95 trade paper (346p) ISBN 978-0-9832744-0-7
Luery, an investigative television reporter, has written a baseball travelogue bound to be the envy of any father and son fans of the game. Luery and his son, Matt, spent parts of their springs and summers over a 16-year span traveling to every Major League Baseball stadium. Along the way, the self-professed "baseball buddies" argued over music, free speech, and sex, first exploiting and then accepting each other's quirks and shortcomings. Luery includes interviews with ballplayers he met on the road, including former Los Angeles Dodger Maury Wills, and he incorporates a few observations about each ballpark. His main focus remains his evolving relationship with Matt, who by book's end has grown into a witty young man bonding over beers with his dad at ballpark No. 32, Target Field in Minneapolis; Matt's epilogue offers his own revealing take on this father-son journey. Often falling prey to overeager prose and contrived dialogue, Luery also strikes out with simple solecisms and sentences that read like term-paper extracts. A glossary of baseball terms and several pages of family-friendly activities and places to stay in every Major League city make this book a useful travel guide as well. While not quite the "Road Map to a Winning Father/Son Relationship" as claimed by the subtitle, this is a heartwarming and entertaining read for baseball fans and the men of the house.-- (Mar.) PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
About the Author
Mike Luery is a member of SABR, the Society for American Baseball Research and an award-winning journalist with 25 years on TV and radio. Currently, he is the investigative reporter for CBS 13 in Sacramento and previously was NBC's Capitol Bureau Chief in California. As a television reporter in Florida, Luery's five-part series on the Ku Klux Klan earned an Outstanding Achievement Award for Investigative Reporting from United Press International.
Matt Luery is a 5th year Senior at the University of Southern California, where he is pursuing his Bachelor of Architecture degree. He will graduate in May 2012.