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Game Time: A Baseball Companion

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Staff Pick

In the spring of 1962, New Yorker editor William Shawn sent Roger Angell to Florida to write about spring training. Forty-one years later, Angell still covers baseball for the magazine. No one writes as well about the sport. (Few people write as well about anything, but leave that point aside for now.) Now, Game Time gathers the best of Angell's writing, from that first spring effort to last autumn's review of Anaheim's improbable championship run.
Recommended by Dave, Powells.com

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Publisher Comments:

Roger Angell has been writing about baseball for more than forty years . . . and for my money he's the best there is at it," says novelist Richard Ford in his introduction to Game Time. Angell's famous explorations of the summer game are built on acute observation and joyful participation, conveyed in a prose style as admired and envied as Ted Williams's swing. Angell on Fenway Park in September, on Bob Gibson brooding in retirement, on Tom Seaver in mid-windup, on the abysmal early and recent Mets, on a scout at work in backcountry Kentucky, on Pete Rose and Willie Mays and Pedro Martinez, on the astounding Barry Bonds at Pac Bell Park, and more, carry us through the arc of the season with refreshed understanding and pleasure. This collection represents Angell's best writings, from spring training in 1962 to the explosive World Series of 2002.

Review:

"Roger Angell is the best baseball writer of our time — maybe ever." Newsweek

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"Angell writes with economical precision, nailing observations as a pitcher does corners." Sports Illustrated

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"No other sport has been so well served by any other writer." Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post Book World

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"The Babe Ruth of baseball writers." The Boston Globe

Review:

"No one writes more evocatively about the craft and magic of baseball than Roger Angell." Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

Synopsis:

Angell's famous explorations of the summer game are built on acute observation and joyful participation, conveyed in a prose style as admired and envied as Ted Williams's swing. This new selection represents Angell's best writings, from spring training in 1962 to the explosive World Series of 2002.

About the Author

Roger Angell is a writer and fiction editor with the New Yorker. His baseball books include The Summer Game, Five Seasons, Late Innings, Season Ticket, Once More Around the Park, and A Pitcher's Story: Innings with David Cone. He lives in New York.

Steve Kettmann has covered baseball for the San Francisco Chronicle and other publications. He received honorable mention in Best American Sports Writing 2001 and 2002. He lives in Berlin.

Table of Contents

Introduction by Richard Ford ... vii
Preface ... xv

SPRING
The Old Folks Behind Home... 3
Sunny Side of the Street... 16

Easy Lessons... 34
Takes: Waltz of the Geezers... 52
Put Me In, Coach... 57
Takes: Digging Up Willie... 82
For Openers... 87
Takes: Pride... 95
Let Go, Mets... 97

SUMMER
Early Innings... 113
The Companions of the Game... 132
Scout... 150
Distance... 175
The Web of the Game... 213
Takes: Penmen... 235
Takes: Payback... 239
Wings of Fire... 241
The Bard in the Booth... 254
Style... 266
Takes: Three Petes... 282

FALL
Takes: Jacksonian... 291
Blue Collar... 296
Takes: The Confines... 312
Ninety Feet... 319
One for the Good Guys... 335
Legends of the Fens... 351
Can You Believe It?... 365
Takes: The Purist... 380
Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang... 383

Product Details

ISBN:
9780151008247
Subtitle:
A Baseball Companion
Publisher:
Mariner Books
Introduction by:
Ford, Richard
Introduction:
Ford, Richard
Editor:
Kettmann, Steve
Author:
Angell, Roger
Author:
Ford, Richard
Author:
Kettmann, Steve
Location:
Orlando
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
History
Subject:
Baseball - General
Subject:
Baseball - Essays & Writings
Subject:
Baseball
Subject:
Baseball -- United States.
Subject:
Baseball -- United States -- History.
Subject:
Sports and Fitness-Baseball General
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series Volume:
v. 110, suppl. 4
Publication Date:
20040315
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
9.00 x 6.00 in

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"Staff Pick" by ,

In the spring of 1962, New Yorker editor William Shawn sent Roger Angell to Florida to write about spring training. Forty-one years later, Angell still covers baseball for the magazine. No one writes as well about the sport. (Few people write as well about anything, but leave that point aside for now.) Now, Game Time gathers the best of Angell's writing, from that first spring effort to last autumn's review of Anaheim's improbable championship run.

"Review" by , "Roger Angell is the best baseball writer of our time — maybe ever."
"Review" by , "Angell writes with economical precision, nailing observations as a pitcher does corners."
"Review" by , "No other sport has been so well served by any other writer."
"Review" by , "The Babe Ruth of baseball writers."
"Review" by , "No one writes more evocatively about the craft and magic of baseball than Roger Angell."
"Synopsis" by , Angell's famous explorations of the summer game are built on acute observation and joyful participation, conveyed in a prose style as admired and envied as Ted Williams's swing. This new selection represents Angell's best writings, from spring training in 1962 to the explosive World Series of 2002.
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