Anatomy of Baseball Hardcover – Apr 1 2008
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From Publishers Weekly
In the intro to her contribution, Susan Perabo offers up a reason for once again delving into the subject of baseball: "As with love, the topic is inexhaustible because it feels like personal property to everyone who holds the sport dear." The love connection shows clearly in these sweet, sometimes sentimental essays, penned by more than enough authors to field a team. Heavy-hitters George Plimpton and Frank Deford observe the overlooked virtues of playing right field and the mysterious ubiquity of the baseball cap. An excellent piece from Caitlin Horrocks introduces America to Pesapallo, a Finnish version of the game, while Rick Harsch battles it out with umpires as the manager of a ball team in Slovenia. Only a few of the essays strike out; despite occasional cloying nostalgia, clichés (one essay is actually titled "Ya Gotta Believe"), and a characteristically incoherent foreword by Yogi Berra, the collection offers a wide enough range to please both casual fans and the stat-obsessed. They may be circling a well-worn literary path, but most of these writers find, as Perabo suggests, "there is always something new-something original, something crucial-to add to the conversation."
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"When your team is slumping, when the scandalous headlines have got you down, or when winter seems like it will never end, Anatomy of Baseball will remind you why you fell in love with the game. This is one of the finest baseball anthologies of all time." - Jonathan Eig, author of Opening Day: The Story of Jackie Robinson's First Season and Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig "These charming essays on baseball themes range from topics like first gloves - mine was a Rawlings Marty Marion model - to the tragic story of the Billy Southworths, father and son, to being relegated to right field or having troubles playing first base. These are tasty morsels." - Fay Vincent, former baseball commissioner "Twenty wonderful writers - that's just enough for two full all-star teams - and two designated hitters." - Christine Brennan, USA Today sports columnist"