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Home Run (Harvest Original)by George Plimpton
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In this book, George Plimpton, famed sports amateur and chronicler of the game of baseball, presents a collection of the best writing ever, fiction and nonfiction, about home runs. Within America's favorite pastime, home runs have become the focus of millions of watchers of the game. In fact, the game itself has almost taken a back seat to the fan's obsession with who hits how many home runs per game, per team, per season! Filled with inspiring, memorable stories from some of the finest writers on baseball, including John Updike and Garrison Keillor, Home Run allows the reader to experience these historical moments through the eyes of various lovers of the game.
"A winning anthology devoted to that most satisfying of moments smacking a baseball out of the park....The home run as nirvana: a pleasant thought that echoes throughout these pages, which, all in all, are a real treat for baseball fans." Kirkus Reviews
Plimpton, famed sports amateur and chronicler of the game of baseball, presents an all-star collection of the best fiction and nonfiction writing about the sport's most exciting moment: the home run.
An all-star collection of the best fiction and nonfiction writing about baseball's most exciting moment
The game of baseball is full of moments of greatness. But no moment during a game elicits the roar of the crowd as does the hitting of a home run. And, as witnessed during the past few seasons, home-run fever has swept the fans and the players. Now George Plimpton, famed sports amateur and chronicler of the game of baseball-among many other sports-collects the best writing about the moment a home run is hit. From a memoir of Ted Williams's 1946 All-Star game homer to a fictional visit Babe Ruth made to Lake Wobegon, from Mark McGwire's 69th and 70th home runs to Hank Aaron's pursuit of the Babe's record to Bobby Thomson's "Shot Heard 'Round the World," we see the effects on the athletes and the fans of that ineffable moment when wood hits leather and the ball sails out over the stands.
This delightful and absorbing collection is the most complete, most authoritative, and most compelling assemblage of home-run writing ever put together.
Includes glorious prose by John Updike, Don DeLillo, Roger Angell, Paul Gallico, Grantland Rice, Red Smith, Robert Creamer, Garrison Keillor, Donald Hall, Rick Reilly, and Rick Telander, among others.
About the Author
George Plimpton is the author of many books including Paper Lion. Founder and editor of the Paris Review, he is New York City's Honorary Commissioner of Fireworks.
Table of Contents
TABLE OF CONTENTS
A HOME-RUN CHRONOLOGY by George Plimpton
THAT MAN FROM MUDVILLE by Grantland Rice
From THE NATURAL by Bernard Malamud
JOSH by Robert Peterson
HIS MAJESTY THE KING by Paul Gallico
KALEIDOSCOPE: PERSONALITY OF THE BABE by Robert W. Creamer
THE BABE by Garrison Keillor
DREAM OF A BASEBALL STAR by Gregory Corso
HUB FANS BID KID ADIEU by John Updike
MIRACLE OF COOGAN'S BLUFF by Red Smith
PAFKO AT THE WALL by Don DeLillo
THE RECORD ALMOST BROKE HIM by Rick Telander
A MATTER OF RECORD by George Plimpton
A ZEN WAY OF BASEBALL by Sadaharu Oh
REGGIE JACKSON'S THREE HOMERS by Red Smith
HOMERIC TALES by Roger Angell
A PRETTY GOOD DAY IN THE LIFE OF A RESEARCH SCIENTIST by Daniel Paisner
HOT TO TROT WITH NO PLACE TO GO by Rick Reilly
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