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In this andlt;Iandgt;New York Timesandlt;/Iandgt; bestseller, Pulitzer Prize-winning author George F. Will returns to baseball with more than seventy finely honed pieces about the sometimes recondite, sometimes frustrating, yet always passionately felt national pastime. Here are Will's eulogy for the late Curt Flood ("Dred Scott in Spikes"), Will on Ted Williams ("When Ted Williams retired in 1960, a sportswriter said that Boston knew how Britain felt when it lost India. Indeed, Britain felt diminished, but also a bit relieved"), and Will on his own baseball career ("I was a very late draft choice of the Mittendorf Funeral Home Panthers. Our color was black"). Here are subjects ranging from the author's 1977 purchase of a single share of stock in the Chicago Cubs to the memorable 1998 season, which is discussed in an all-new essay. andlt;BRandgt; For fans of andlt;Iandgt;Men at Workandlt;/Iandgt; and Will's other baseball writings, this book is as pleasurable as a well-executed bunt.

About the Author

andlt;Bandgt;George F. Willandlt;/Bandgt; is a syndicated columnist whose writings appear in more than 480 papers nationally. He writes a biweekly column for andlt;Iandgt;Newsweekandlt;/Iandgt; and appears each Sunday on ABC's andlt;Iandgt;This Week with Sam Donaldson and Cokie Roberts.andlt;/Iandgt; A winner of the Pulitzer Prize, he lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

Table of Contents

Contents

Introduction

The Cubs and Conservatism

The Fan's Funny Sort of Seriousness

The Most Consoling Word: "Overdue"

Players Are Bought and Sold? Say It Ain't So.

Warren Buffett Misses a Gravy Train

The Chicago Water Beetles

Alexander Cartwright and the Joy of Baseball

The Case for I.T. (Ineptitude Transfer)

The 1980 Cubs' Strength: Candor

The Answer Is: Ronald Reagan. The Question Is: Who Is the Only Person to Have Held America's Two Most Difficult Jobs?

Baseball and Socialism

Baseball and Communism

The Earl

The Pythagoras of Winchester, Kansas

Ancient Greece Got It Right

Speaking Stengelese

Baseball in the Unmitigated City

Baseball by the (Elias) Book

The Answer Is Harry Chiti. The Question Is...

The Nation's Failings in the National Pastime

The Work of Louisville's Fathers

Ring Lardner, Call Your Office

La Plata's Cheerfulness Quotient

The DH: On the Other Hand...

Blue-Collar Government

The Fuse That Lit the Fire

Perhaps the Players Are Livelier

Systems Equilibrate, Really.

Skill, and "Mere" Will

"The Moment's Over"

Let There Be Lights

Good Character, Not Good Chemistry

A Mosaic of Memories

Play Bail!

Revenge of the Ectomorphs

Pete Rose's Chromosomes

Living on the Lip of a Volcano

Pete Rose and His Friends

A Professional Catcher

The 1990 Lockout: No Hits, Many Errors

The Prodigy

George Steinbrenner: An Acquired Taste

Baseball Lit. 101

Blame Burt Wilson

George Will's Baseball: A Conservative Critique by Donald Kagan

The Romantic Fallacy in Baseball — A Reply to Donald Kagan

Chicago Baseball: "Never a Lovely So Real"

Baseball Along the Backroads

"I Can't Stand It, I'm So Good"

The Season of '41

The Collision Between Bart and Pete

Marvin Miller: Sore Winner

Local Ownership and Other Traditions

Love at Camden Yards

The Lurid Monotony of Billy Martin

Steve Palermo's Game of Inches

Baseball's Basic Dilemma

Fifties Baseball: Not Long on Nuance

Andy Van Slyke and the Present Monetary Status of Baseball

Bill Rigney: Baseball's Favorite Uncle

Coming Back to Clark and Addison

John Olerud: Not Neon

A Stupendous Mystery

Tony Gwynn, Union Man

The 14 Million, and the 276 Million

Babe Ruth, Replacement Player

The Strike: A Postmortem

A Grown-Up

Brett Butler, Human Bunt

The Infield Fly Rule and the Absence of Chivalry

A Splash of History as a Cure for Nostalgia

Hard Feelings Along the Lower Hudson River

Explaining the Power Surge: Up from Oliver Stone

Dred Scott in Spikes

Leyland in Teal

Alomar in Context

The Argument Against Democracy

Fans to Owners: "Down in Front"

Purists vs. Impurists

"Them Are the Bases"

Miller Time

Conclusion

1998: OK, Try to Top This

Acknowledgments

Index

Art Credits and Text Permissions

Product Details

ISBN:
9780684853741
Author:
Will, George F.
Publisher:
Free Press
Location:
New York, NY :
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Baseball - History
Subject:
Baseball - Essays & Writings
Subject:
Baseball
Subject:
Social aspects
Subject:
Baseball -- United States.
Subject:
Baseball -- Social aspects -- United States.
Subject:
Sports and Fitness-Baseball General
Edition Number:
1st Touchstone ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Series Volume:
99-308AB
Publication Date:
19990331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
90 b/w photos t/o
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8.44 x 5.5 in 16.415 oz

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