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Men at Work: The Craft of Baseball (1990)

by George F. Will

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#1 New York Times Bestseller "A delightful look at all the little things that make major league baseball a subtle spectacle." --Seattle Times In his classic tribute to America's pastime, political commentator, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, and lifelong sports enthusiast George F. Will travels from the baseball field to the dugout to the locker room to get to the root of the game we all love. He breaks down the sport to its four basic components, managing, pitching, hitting, and fielding, and analyzes the way four of its notables, manager Tony La Russa, pitcher Orel Hershiser, outfielder Tony Gwynn, and shortstop Cal Ripken Jr., approach the game. One of the most acclaimed sports books ever written, Men at Work is a revelatory, and often surprising, study of professional baseball.… (more)
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Loved this look at the different elements of the game. It rewards the hard-core baseball enthusiast. ( )
  mktoronto | Jan 25, 2023 |
Holds up. ( )
  k6gst | Feb 22, 2022 |
A strange thing: I liked this book a lot when I first read it, back when it was first published. Not so much today; too long, and unfocused. There's lots of stuff here, but all in all it's just stuffed. ( )
  joeldinda | Aug 21, 2020 |
Profiles of Cal Ripken, Tony Gwynn, Orel Hershiser, and Tony LaRussa ( )
  JackSweeney | Jan 9, 2017 |
Who would have thought one of the coolest, oddest baseball books ever written would be authored by a super-conservative Washington Post opinion columnist.

At one point Will explains Bill James' theory that Napoleon invented relief pitching; that's when you know you aren't reading an every day baseball book. ( )
  BooksForDinner | Jan 27, 2016 |
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"There's a lot of stuff goes on."
--TONY LA RUSSA
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TO GEOFFREY MARION WILL

". . . and here's the pitch. There's a sharply hit ground
ball to second . . . Geoffrey Will's got it . . ."
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As they were making their involuntary departure from the Garden of Eden, Adam remarked to Eve (or so it is said), "Darling, we live in an age of transition."
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#1 New York Times Bestseller "A delightful look at all the little things that make major league baseball a subtle spectacle." --Seattle Times In his classic tribute to America's pastime, political commentator, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, and lifelong sports enthusiast George F. Will travels from the baseball field to the dugout to the locker room to get to the root of the game we all love. He breaks down the sport to its four basic components, managing, pitching, hitting, and fielding, and analyzes the way four of its notables, manager Tony La Russa, pitcher Orel Hershiser, outfielder Tony Gwynn, and shortstop Cal Ripken Jr., approach the game. One of the most acclaimed sports books ever written, Men at Work is a revelatory, and often surprising, study of professional baseball.

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