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The Last Best League, 10th Anniversary Edition: One Summer, One Season, One Dream

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Every summer, in ten small towns across Cape Cod, the finest college baseball players in the country gather in hopes of making it to “The Show.” The hopes are justifiably high: The Cape Cod Baseball League is the best amateur league in the world, producing one out of every six major league players, from Nomar Garciaparra and Frank Thomas to Jeff Bagwell and Barry Zito.Jim Collins chronicles a season in the life of one team—the Chatham As, perhaps the most celebrated team in the league. Set against the backdrop of a resort town on the bend of the outer Cape, the story charts the changing fortunes of a handful ?of players battling slumps and self-doubt in their effort to make the league playoffs and, more importantly, impress the major league scouts.We learn about everything from the physics of wooden bats and the physiology of elbows to the psychology of slumps and the lure of drugs. In the course of a single dramatic season, with euphoric wins and devastating losses, we come to know the intricacies of the major league scouting network and the rapidly changing profile of major league baseball.In the tradition of The Boys of Summer, The Last Best League is about dreams fulfilled and dreams denied, about Cape Cod and the rites of summer, and about the way one small town grows to love a group of young men coming of age in America.

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Every summer, in ten small towns across Cape Cod, the finest college baseball players in the country gather in hopes of making it to "The Show." The hopes are justifiably high: The Cape Cod Baseball League is the best amateur league in the world, producing one out of every six major league players.

Ten years ago, Jim Collins chronicled a season in the life of one team: the Chatham A's, perhaps the most celebrated team in the league. Set against the backdrop of a resort town on the bend of the outer Cape, the story charted the changing fortunes of a handful of players battling slumps and self-doubt in their effort to make the league playoffs and, more importantly, impress the major league scouts.

Over the last decade, baseball's hard truths became evident for the Chatham stars who went on to play professionally, and the final chapter of their story can now be written. In a new afterword for the tenth anniversary, Collins explores questions that sports literature rarely touches: What does it mean to devote your life to an almost impossible goal and almost but not quite make it? Or make it only briefly before it slips away? What does a dream look like in retrospect? How does the game look now?

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Originally published in 2004, The Last Best League chronicles one season in the life of the Chatham As of the Cape Cod Baseball League, which draws the best college players in the country every summer. Over the past decade, however, baseballs hard truths became evident for Chathams college stars, whod had dreams of one day playing in the majors. The final chapter—how those dreams played out—can now be written.

In a new afterword written for the tenth anniversary edition, Jim Collins explores an area that sports literature rarely touches: What does it mean to devote your life to an almost impossible goal and not make it? Or, make it only briefly before it slips away? What does a dream look like in retrospect?How does the game look different?

About the Author

Jim Collins is former editor of Yankee magazine, a native New Englander, and a former college baseball player at Dartmouth. To research The Last Best League, he relocated his family from New Hampshire to Chatham, Massachusetts, attended every game, and was given complete insiders access to the team and players. He is an accomplished magazine writer whose work has twice been included in Best American Sportswriting.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780306823107
Author:
Collins, Jim
Publisher:
Da Capo Press
Subject:
General Sports & Recreation
Subject:
Sports and Fitness-Sports General
Subject:
Baseball - History
Subject:
Sports and Fitness-Baseball General
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Edition Description:
Tenth Anniversary Edition
Publication Date:
20140531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 12 oz

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Every summer, in ten small towns across Cape Cod, the finest college baseball players in the country gather in hopes of making it to "The Show." The hopes are justifiably high: The Cape Cod Baseball League is the best amateur league in the world, producing one out of every six major league players.

Ten years ago, Jim Collins chronicled a season in the life of one team: the Chatham A's, perhaps the most celebrated team in the league. Set against the backdrop of a resort town on the bend of the outer Cape, the story charted the changing fortunes of a handful of players battling slumps and self-doubt in their effort to make the league playoffs and, more importantly, impress the major league scouts.

Over the last decade, baseball's hard truths became evident for the Chatham stars who went on to play professionally, and the final chapter of their story can now be written. In a new afterword for the tenth anniversary, Collins explores questions that sports literature rarely touches: What does it mean to devote your life to an almost impossible goal and almost but not quite make it? Or make it only briefly before it slips away? What does a dream look like in retrospect? How does the game look now?

"Synopsis" by ,
Originally published in 2004, The Last Best League chronicles one season in the life of the Chatham As of the Cape Cod Baseball League, which draws the best college players in the country every summer. Over the past decade, however, baseballs hard truths became evident for Chathams college stars, whod had dreams of one day playing in the majors. The final chapter—how those dreams played out—can now be written.

In a new afterword written for the tenth anniversary edition, Jim Collins explores an area that sports literature rarely touches: What does it mean to devote your life to an almost impossible goal and not make it? Or, make it only briefly before it slips away? What does a dream look like in retrospect?How does the game look different?

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