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Fantasyland: A Sportswriter's Obsessive Bid to Win the World's Most Ruthless Fantasy Baseball League

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ISBN13: 9780143038436
ISBN10: 0143038435
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Every spring, millions of Americans prepare to take part in one of the oddest, most obsessive, and most engrossing rituals in the sports pantheon: Rotisserie baseball, a fantasy game where armchair fans match wits by building their own teams. In 2004, Sam Walker, a sports columnist for the Wall Street Journal, decided to explore this phenomenon by talking his way into Tout Wars, a league reserved for the nation’s top experts. The result is one of the most sheerly entertaining sports books in years and a matchless look into the heart and soul of our national pastime.

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A "Wall Street Journal" writer spends a season in a fantasy baseball league to explore the inner workings and contagious passions of one of the country's most popular pursuits.

About the Author

Sam Walker is a senior special writer for The Wall Street Journal and appears frequently on ESPNews.

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Taylor Ball, January 1, 2012 (view all comments by Taylor Ball)
If "The Art of Fielding" is a baseball book that is not actually about baseball, "Fantasyland" is the rotisserie equivalent. Using humor and a reporter's insight, Sam Walker skillfully humanizes the otherwise geeky and obsessive culture of fantasy sports. Walker's stated purpose in deciding to "field" a fantasy team is to pit statistical analysis against human intuition. Thankfully for us, Walker trusts his gut and his writing, and the colorful cast of characters he incorporates into his story, prove that when you cut through the math (and money), baseball is still a uniquely human game in both the real world and the fantasyland of rotisserie sports.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780143038436
Author:
Walker, Sam
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Subject:
Baseball - Essays & Writings
Subject:
Role Playing & Fantasy - General
Subject:
Fantasy Sports
Subject:
Baseball - General
Subject:
Sports and Fitness-Baseball General
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Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20070331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
8.47x5.49x.82 in. .77 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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