©1990 by Roger Angell; (P)1991 by Blackstone Audiobooks
"The best baseball writer of our time." (Chicago Sunday Times)
"Angell is the clear-eyed poet laureate of baseball. His book is like a long, wonderful string of base hits by the home team." (New York Post)
Angell writes with wit and an obvious love for the game. He describes the 1968 season and World Series vividly, making the reader feel he is there! The narrator is pleasantly voiced, steady and clear. I highly recommend it for those who love baseball.
Elegant game summaries.
The writing is lyrical and the games are recapped succinctly.
The problem I had with the book is I thought it would be about profiles of the big names of baseball in the 60s -- Bob Gibson, Brooks and Frank Robinson, etc. Instead, Angell basically covers the games and the seasons that took place in the 60s. Frankly, it's like someone reading stats from baseball-reference.com to you, albeit with exceptional eloquence. If you're a diehard baseball fan, you'd probably love this. If you're just a casual fan, I don't think you'll find much interesting here.
I hate reading things like that: The best book ever written -- almost a guarantee for disappointment, but not in this case. Baseball fans usually make lousy writers, and great writers are rarely baseball fans. This book is the intersection of insightful writing and baseball passion, which for me is sheer bliss -- especially when the book is about my childhood heroes: the '69 Mets, Mays, Clemente, Aaron. Beautifully written, thoughtful, clever, deep -- the moment I finished I started it over. Was also nice that it fortuitously coincided with the "Baseball Seasons" show covering the same time period.
The only thing I didn't like was the mispronunciation of several of the ballplayers names, like Jerry Grote (it's not Groat, it's Gro-tee). The sound quality wasn't the greatest, and it's better if the audio book is divided into parts or chapters -- there was no easy way just to go to the last chapter and re-listen.
I loved these stories and have ordered the book to enjoy them again. The audio quality, however, was so uneven it was occasionally difficult to listen. Good reader, but bad sound engineer. A most unfortunate result for such great writing!
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