Vecsey's Baseball is a concise history filled with details and stories that will appeal to rookie and veteran fans alike. Narrator Alan Nebelthau's warm voice punctuates all of the wit and charm of Vecsey's prose.
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©2006 George Vecsey; (P)2006 Recorded Books, LLC
"Vivid, affectionate, and clear-eyed, Vecsey's account makes for an engaging sports history." (Publishers Weekly)
This is a dry retelling of baseball's history. It's more like listening to an old guy babble on at the bar than listening to an expert relate history. I wanted to learn more about baseball, not more about how the author thinks baseball was so much better in the old days.
Fabulous retelling of baseball's creation and history. For me, this is the first time I am hearing most all of these stories dating back to the mid 1800s...and I'm a sports junkie. I thought this purchase was a risk...not so at all. I'm shocked at the number of stories with which I was previously unfamiliar. This is a great time-travel trip into the teams, players and businessmen that helped put baseball on the map and up through more modern day lore. Some things have not changed about baseball....you be the judge. One thing to note...the reader is not stellar, but the content more than makes up for his lack of flair.
I've seen some unfavorable reviews of this books pointing towards the lack of baseball strategy covered. READ THE DESCRIPTION. That is not what this purported to accomplish.
This is a great book full of insight, humor and of course -- baseball. The author weaves a good story keeping baseball lore alive and well, while sprinkling in the facts, too (snicker snicker). Seriously, if you love the game, then you'll love the book!
If you are not looking for strategy and are looking for stories of what made baseball great this is the one to go for. It isn't about stats although they are mentioned it is about the people and how they lived and what they did. The narration is top notch.
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