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The love of baseball : essays by lifelong fans

Author: Christopher Arvidson; Diana Nelson Jones
Publisher: Jefferson, North Carolina : McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, [2017]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
"Thirty contributors share personal narratives of how they found an abiding passion for the sport and how their relationship to it changed over the years. The essays begin with stories of spring training optimism, followed by the guts and grind of the regular season, and ending with the glory (or heartbreak) of the playoffs"--

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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Christopher Arvidson; Diana Nelson Jones
ISBN: 9781476669830 147666983X
OCLC Number: 985075814
Notes: Includes index.
Description: viii, 186 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Preface --
Part I. Spring Training --
Somewhere the sun is shining / Diana Nelson Jones --
Opening days / Glenn B. Marcus --
Throw like a girl / Rebecca Bratcher Laxton --
Meet my best friend, John Hiller / Tom Stanton --
Walk 'em home / Victoria Stopp --
The language of the gods / Brendan O'meara --
Part II. The Season --
The ten commandments of a baseball fan (as taught to me --
By my wife) / Henry Doss --
The girl from Cleveland / Nancy A. Gutierrez --
Becoming a Yankees fan during the Horace Clarke years / David Wolin --
Get a shower before somebody gets hurt / Julie E. Townsend --
Walk-off in St. Louis / Caroline Kane Kenna --
Love, hate, cubs --
David E. Malehorn --
Mom, dad, Ernie and Paul / Stephen P. Ward --
Finding home: my grandfather and the House of David --
Baseball team / Juanita Ramsey-Jevne --
What is that blue man doing? / Ellyn Ritterskamp --
Dark as a dungeon: coal country baseball / Jody Diperna --
Pete Rose way / L.C. Fiore --
How Gus Greenlee, Sonnyman Jackson and the numbers --
Barons saved black baseball / Kevin Kirkland --
A little more with every pitch / Lawrence Lawson --
My inheritance / Karen hamilton --
Citizen Cal / Robyn Barberry --
She just wanted to play / Rachel Pfennig Hales --
Big Ed: the ballplayer in decline / Stephen Kirk --
Resume play / Elizabeth Scott Leik --
Base-bawling / Jean C. O'brien --
Part III: The post-season --
Maz's Homer / Joseph Bathanti --
Jackie / Douglas J. Butler --
Hey, hey and holy cow / Becky Mason Stragand --
Confessions of a yet-to-be fan / Sam Watson --
Nothing else like it / Chris Arvidson.
Responsibility: edited by Chris Arvidson and Diana Nelson Jones.


For baseball fans, or those who have been trying to figure out a baseball fan, this book is an extension of the conversations fans have all had. It shares tales of developing an abiding relationship  Read more...


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