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Robert Frost never felt at home in America than when watching baseball be it in park or sand lot Full of heroism and heartbreak, the most beloved of American sports is also the most poetic, and writers have been drawn to this sport as to no other With Baseball A Literary Anthology, The Library of America presents the story of the national adventure as revealed through the fascinating lens of the great American game.Philip Roth considers the terrible thrill of the adolescent centerfielder Richard Ford listens to minor league baseball on the radio while driving cross country Amiri Baraka remembers the joy of watching the Newark Eagles play in the era before Jackie Robinson shattered the color line Unforgettable portraits of legendary players who have become icons Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, and Hank Aaron are joined by glimpses of lesser known characters such as the erudite Moe Berg, who could speak a dozen languages but couldn t hit in any of them Poems in Baseball A Literary Anthology include indispensable works whose phrases have entered the language Ernest Thayer s Casey at the Bat and Franklin P Adams s Baseball s Sad Lexicon as well as recent offerings from May Swenson, Yusef Komunyakaa, and Martin Espada Testimonies from classic oral histories offer insights into the players who helped enshrine the sport in the American imagination Spot reporting by Heywood Broun and Damon Runyon stands side by side with journalistic profiles that match baseball legends with some of our finest writers John Updike on Ted Williams, Gay Talese on Joe DiMaggio, Red Smith on Lefty Grove....

Title : Baseball: A Literary Anthology
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ISBN : 193108209X
Format Type : Hardcover
Language : English
Publisher : Library of America March 4, 2002
Number of Pages : 721 pages
File Size : 560 KB
Status : Available For Download
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Baseball: A Literary Anthology Reviews

  • David McCann
    2018-11-09 04:09

    I recently purchased from Amazon, and now have read, three baseball anthologies: (1) Baseball, a hardbound Library of America anthology, edited by Nicholas Dawidoff; (2) Baseball's Best Short Stories, a quality paperback edited by Paul Staudohar, and (3) The Greatest Baseball Stories Ever Told, a quality paperback edited by Jeff Silverman. One need not be an informed fan of baseball, past or present, to treasure these stories. Baseball is the framework here; within are Americans intently observing, playing, and cherishing, America`s Game.

  • SophieB.
    2018-11-08 01:02

    This was a required text for a class, however I would buy it anyway. It's a delight to read, varied in the chosen authors. I had no choice but to get it in hardcover, but I would buy it even then. Get it at the library if you have to, it's a great book.

  • Billy D
    2018-10-24 00:03

    Good product. Good Price.

  • Luz S
    2018-11-12 23:02

    Fantastic writing! I'm already ordering the books from which many of these excerpts are taken!

  • ironworks
    2018-10-25 04:04

    A wonderful melding of good writing and baseball. Each selection produces an appreciation of the writer and the subject. Baseball and the Civil war are subjects that have inspired some of the best American literature, and this book is a good illustration

  • C. Gregory Brown
    2018-10-30 02:57

    Everything you would ever want to read about baseball!

  • Wahoo
    2018-11-02 22:01


  • Rev. Ron Hooker (Yale Graduate)
    2018-10-25 03:00

    Excellent Book. Very written and extensive collection!