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Home Field: Writers Remember Baseball [Kindle Edition]

Sherman Alexie , Timothy Egan , Lynda Barry , Brian DiSalvatore , Robert Leo Heilman , John Owen , Holly Morris , Larry Colton , John Douglas Marshall

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Baseball remembered by nine great writers - there's community, there's family, there's heart. Sherman Alexie leaping from reservation Little League to women, race, and identity. Timothy Egan tells secrets of coaching girls' Little League, including use of Doppler radar to scan for rain. Holly Morris describes how her women's softball team, the Smellies, perfected the fine art of hooha. Lynda Barry shares a tale of a magical baseball glove laced with difficult memories of her father. Larry Colton, once a "can't miss prospect," recalls the hope and pain of his professional pitching debut, then watches a next-generation "can't miss prospect" make the same mistakes. And much more. Here is baseball without stats but full of life, played by local heroes and heroines on their home field.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 300 KB
  • Print Length: 228 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Libertary Editions (Aug. 19 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00408A724
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Metaphor lives on Sept. 14 2010
By TinLizzie - Published on
In an America groomed for instant only gratification, baseball is no longer the metaphor for life as it was for the generation just past. But if loyalty is still a big deal to you and the Zen of baseball is almost palpable, this little gem of a book is sure to fill the mythical mitt. Nine wonderful northwest writers herein tall tales of wonder and sorrow, each essay a memoir of the dreams both fulfilled and shattered by the epic that is baseball. If you have ever, just once, pondered the meaning of incomprehensible hand signals or envied the intimate companionship of teamwork, this
collection of essays will satisfy and inspire.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Play Ball is a collection of entertaining essays about baseball. Oct. 31 2010
By Robert G Yokoyama - Published on
I really enjoyed this collection of essays about baseball. Baseball is clearly a sport that brings people together regardless of age, gender and athletic ability. This is the message of Play Ball. I do not understand every nuance about the game of baseball, but I believe that having a knowledge of the game is not a requirement in order to enjoy reading the book.

I love the essay by Sherman Alexie entitled "The Warriors". He grew up playing Little League baseball on an Indian reservation in the seventies. This is a funny story about Alexie's fascination of white women began. Some of his team mates on his baseball team happened to be white people. Sherman learns to embrace and love women of all cultures. This story left me with a positive feeling that made me want to continue reading this book.

There is an essay about softball by Holly Morris entitled "Smells Like Team Spirit". This is an essay about how the sport of softball brings a group of women together in the spirit of competition. The Smellies are not a talented group of softball players, but they play together for the love of the game.

The editor of this book is a writer named John Douglas Marshall. He includes a very moving memoir about how watching the game of baseball can help form a bond between fathers and sons. This is a very heartwarming essay and one of my favorites. He also includes biographical information about the literary achievements of the contributing authors. I want to read more work from each of these writers.

Lynda Barry lends her talents in an essay about a special baseball glove given to her father. This is a very moving story about trying to have a relationship with a family member with a drinking problem. Lynda Barry is also a talented cartoonist and writer. I am eager to read more of her work.

I love the spirit of camaraderie in the essay "God's Tourney" by Robert Leo Heilman. The love of baseball reunites team mates after forty years in the town of Roseburg in Oregon. I do not play sports, but this essay made me feel like a part of a baseball team.

Play Ball is an entertaining collection of essays about baseball. The essays are funny and moving. I enjoyed it very much.
4.0 out of 5 stars Baseball as a part of Americana Sept. 26 2010
By Connie - Published on
This is a lovely book about baseball and how it has affected the lives of many Americans. These Americans are the ones who are gifted with the pen: nine writers who come specifically from the Northwest. Sherman Alexie, Bryan di Salvatorre, Timothy Egan, Lyndia Barry, Robert Leo Heilman, John Owen, Holly Morris and Larry Colton. Editor John Douglas Marshall ends this regional anthology with his own childhood memory of going to baseball games with his father.

These shorts are all well-written and evocative. From Sherman's memories of life on a reservation and admiring (yet ignoring) the Indian women there, to Timothy Egan's heartfelt memoir of coaching Little League for his daughter's team to my personal favorite by Linda Barry, "What Pop Fly Gave His Daughter," all these stories will evoke empathy from readers. Baseball affects us all in different ways, and this little book describes some of these ways.

This doesn't mean that the other stories are not good. The overriding theme of this anthology is the bound that baseball creates among us, between father and daughter, daughter and father, father and son, brothers and sisters and young men and women. Baseball is about love and belonging, and every now and then, about winning. This little book is a fine collection for baseball aficionados, especially those who reside in Seattle, the Northwest, Washington and Oregon.

This, however, is also the book's weakness. It doesn't cover enough writers from other parts of the United States. This book was initially published in 1997(!) Home Field: 9 Writers at Bat. Most of the writers in this anthology hadn't yet received any awards yet. Timothy Egan didn't win his Pulitzer until 2001 as a reporter for the New York Times. He has since then written a few more award-winning books. What this book needs is a larger collection of Americans across the country writing about how baseball affected their lives. What about writers in New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas? What about the Cuban-, Puerto Rican-, Dominican Republican- Americans who came to this country with dreams of playing for the big leagues? How has the game of baseball affected their lives?

Another error is the credit given to Sherman Alexie by Amazon. Yes, his contribution is the first story of this book, but he is a contributing writer, not the sole writer. This compilation was edited by John Douglas Marshall. I say this only because fans of Sherman Alexie, a wonderful writer in his own right, will be disappointed in this book otherwise.

Enjoy this book for the stories it contains, but remember that there are still so many unwritten dreams waiting to be discovered. This book may be the door that opens that dream.
4.0 out of 5 stars Northwest Writers Tell Personal Baseball Stories May 5 2011
By Whidbey consumer - Published on
Sweat, aching muscles, sometimes cheers, but just as often, downright humiliation. Why would you put yourself through that? In answer, Timothy Egan quotes Robert Frost: "Some baseball is the fate of all of us."

In Home Field - Writers Remember Baseball, nine Northwest writers tell how the sport touched them early in life. From her deadbeat dad, Lynda Barry stole a baseball glove --- a supernatural glove that snagged any line drive or high fly that came her way. As an Indian kid on the reservation, Sherman Alexie hated baseball, yet playing the game he made discoveries about his controlling friend Randy, about Indian and white girls, about his injured brother Arnold, and about himself.

From Montana, Idaho, Washington or Oregon, each writer has a personal baseball story.
My favorite is by Timothy Egan (The Good Rain and The Worst Hard Time), as he tells of his stint as coach of his eight-year-old daughter's Little League softball team, the Seattle Raccoons. Egan (who creates terrific phrases of his own every time he plays with the computer keys) inspired these girls by quoting clichés from Yogi Berra, Susan Sarandon and Kevin Costner in the movie Bull Durham, and football's Chuck Knox.

If you live for major league baseball stats, this book is not for you. Home Field is a collection of first-person, hometown baseball tales by writers who know how to tell a story.
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Fun May 15 2013
By UrbanMonique - Published on
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True baseball fans love these stories,and you'll get exposure to some wonderful writers you might not have read before. Yes, they're focused on the northwest, but the stories ring true wherever you are.

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