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Baseball: A Literary Anthology

by Nicholas Dawidoff (Editor)

Other authors: Frank Adams (Contributor), Franklin P. Adams (Contributor), Nelson Algren (Contributor), Roger Angell (Contributor), Tallulah Bankhead (Contributor)72 more, Amiri Baraka (Contributor), Jacques Barzun (Contributor), Moe Berg (Contributor), Roy Jr. Blount (Contributor), Jim Bouton (Contributor), Brendan C. Boyd (Contributor), Jimmy Breslin (Contributor), Jim Brosnan (Contributor), Heywood Broun (Contributor), Jimmy Cannon (Contributor), Robert Creamer (Contributor), Don DeLillo (Contributor), Annie Dillard (Contributor), Martin Espada (Contributor), James T. Farrell (Contributor), Richard Ford (Contributor), Robert Francis (Contributor), Dave Frishberg (Contributor), David Frishberg (Contributor), Robert Frost (Contributor), Paul Gallico (Contributor), A. Bartlett Giamatti (Contributor), Stephen Jay Gould (Contributor), Eric Rolfe Greenberg (Contributor), Fred C. Harris (Contributor), Mark Harris (Contributor), W.C. Heinz (Contributor), Keith Hernandez (Contributor), Jerome Holtzman (Contributor), Donald Honig (Contributor), Will Hough (Contributor), Rolfe Humphries (Contributor), James Weldon Johnson (Contributor), Owen Johnson (Contributor), Pat Jordan (Contributor), Roger Kahn (Contributor), Murray Kempton (Contributor), Stephen King (Contributor), Yusef Komunyakaa (Contributor), Ring Lardner (Contributor), Bernard Malamud (Contributor), James A. Maxwell (Contributor), Bernadette Mayer (Contributor), Marianne Moore (Contributor), Willie Morris (Contributor), George Jean Nathan (Contributor), Jack Norworth (Contributor), Molly O'Neill (Contributor), Buster Olney (Contributor), Joel Oppenheimer (Contributor), Satchel Paige (Contributor), George E. Phair (Contributor), George Plimpton (Contributor), J.F. Powers (Contributor), David Remnick (Contributor), Lawrence S. Ritter (Contributor), Philip Roth (Contributor), Damon Runyon (Contributor), Carl Sandburg (Contributor), Jonathan Schwartz (Contributor), Red Smith (Contributor), Wendell Smith (Contributor), Albert G. Spalding (Contributor), May Swenson (Contributor), Gay Talese (Contributor), Ernest Lawrence Thayer (Contributor), James Thurber (Contributor), John Updike (Contributor), Charles E. Van Loan (Contributor), Bill Veeck (Contributor), William Carlos Williams (Contributor), Thomas Wolfe (Contributor)

Series: Library of America Anthologies

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The Library of America and editor Robert Dawidoff have done an excellent job in collecting the reportage, fiction, memoir, and poetry that make up Baseball: A Literary Anthology. Spanning the murky and convoluted origins of the game to the present hyper-commercial supershow, the book essentially is a 700-page love letter on the mystery and beauty of the game. Much of the writing, not surprisingly, captures baseball's urban, postwar apogee as epitomized by the fierce internecine baseball wars carried out in New York between the Giants, Dodgers, and Yankees. To me this writing carries a romantic nostalgia for a harder, tougher, yet somehow more elegant America, full of smoke and alcohol and fedoras and profane, hard-bitten sportswriters. Nowhere is this more keenly evoked than in the book's penultimate piece, Don DeLillo's justly famous "Kafko at the Wall," a dazzling and panoramic account of the famous 1951 playoff between the Dodgers and the Giants at the Polo Grounds. A minor but telling cavil: I find it incomprehensible that nothing from Eliot Asinof's superb Eight Men Out -- the definitive account of the "thrown" 1919 World Series -- was included herein. ( )
  MikeLindgren51 | Aug 7, 2018 |
Probably excellent - I made it 1/3 of the way through. I'll try again at the *start* of the season next year. ( )
  thesizzler | Aug 22, 2008 |
Hodge podge of stories by baseball writers and others ( )
  willrdge | Jul 29, 2007 |
My mother was a Giants fan, my father was a Dodgers fan so of course I grew up with the Mets. Like my parents, I listen to Yankees games and root for the opposing team. Take my review with a grain of salt. Baseball is my favorite sport. ( )
  eamonmolloy | May 10, 2007 |
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Robert Frost never felt more 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 more 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.

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