By Ron Kaplan
Propounding his “small ball conception” of activities literature, George Plimpton proposed that “the smaller the ball, the extra bold the literature.” after all he had the really small baseball in brain, simply because its literature is formidable—vast and sundry, instructive, frequently wildly enjoyable, and sometimes very good. From this bewildering array of baseball books, Ron Kaplan has selected 501 of the simplest, making it more straightforward for enthusiasts to discover simply the books to fit them (or to grasp what they’re missing).
From biography, heritage, fiction, and guide to books approximately ballparks, enterprise, and principles, someone who likes to examine baseball will locate during this e-book a companionable advisor, way more enjoyable than a reference paintings has any correct to be.
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Gordon, an award-winning writer, came along at a time when women were still a novelty in the locker room. She was subjected to a sort of trial by ﬁre, as some of the members of the all-male enclave played practical jokes and worse to see if she could stand the heat, which she did, admirably. The difﬁculties didn’t just come from the players, she notes, but from several of her fellow journalists, also a male-dominated profession. Since the sports world had heretofore been almost exclusively an old-boy network (old being the key word), she faced hostility, jealousy, and unwanted propositions as she struggled to prove herself professionally.
Free of that burden — though for some reason he waited almost thirty years — Stump came out with his own version of the Ty Cobb story, accusing his subject of some pretty heinous behavior. Much of this information isn’t new, but the juxtaposition of the two books is an interesting glimpse into the subject-coauthor relationship. The role of the collaborator naturally differs with each writer. Some believe they need to have a more hands-on approach, others think they should just transcribe what the subject puts on the tape recorder, while still others think they need to serve in some Autobiography, Biography, and Memoir 39 therapeutic capacity to draw out the details of the subject’s life that he might not think are important.
Honig has more than forty nonﬁction and ﬁction baseball titles in his oeuvre (the latter consisting of The Plot to Kill Jackie Robinson and The Last Great Season), and there’s not a bum in the lot. The title of his latest book is at once mysterious and obvious, or at least it should be to fans of the national pastime. While everyone else has to settle for four seasons, we get an extra one: baseball season. And, according to Honig, it lasts all year long, if not on the ﬁeld, then in our consciousness.