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The Summer Game | [Roger Angell]

The Summer Game

Roger Angell has witnessed many of the great and small events in the past 10 years of baseball. These writings, which first appeared in The New Yorker, provide a unique record of this turbulent decade, from the rise of California baseball and the comical and agonizing sufferings of the early Mets to the fall of the Yankee empire and the repeated triumphs of the Dodgers, Cardinals, and Orioles. In eloquent, concise language, Angell depicts the many faces of America's favorite pastime.
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Roger Angell has witnessed many of the great and small events in the past 10 years of baseball. These writings, which first appeared in The New Yorker, provide a unique record of this turbulent decade, from the rise of California baseball and the comical and agonizing sufferings of the early Mets to the fall of the Yankee empire and the repeated triumphs of the Dodgers, Cardinals, and Orioles. In eloquent, concise language, Angell depicts the many faces of America's favorite pastime.

©1990 by Roger Angell; (P)1991 by Blackstone Audiobooks

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"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)

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    Derrick Bedford, TX, USA 01-21-05
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    "Outstanding!"

    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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    William Magoolaghan San Bruno, CA United States 02-14-14
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    "The best baseball book ever written? Yup"
    Would you listen to The Summer Game again? Why?

    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.


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    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.

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    Sally Harrison-Pepper Los Angeles 08-25-10
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    "Great Stories; Uneven Audio Quality"

    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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