Growing up with baseball: how we loved and played the game by Gary Land PDF

By Gary Land

ISBN-10: 0803229755

ISBN-13: 9780803229754

Long, leisurely summer time days taking part in pick-up video games in the community sandlot; that first, awe-inspiring glimpse of an important league box; taking part in seize within the yard; collecting baseball playing cards; pouring over field scores—for many, baseball is the stuff of an American youth. The thirty own reminiscences during this e-book replicate the nice number of this uniquely American adventure in addition to the typical spirit that unites all fanatics of baseball.

An anecdotal background of America’s hobby from the Thirties to the Nineties, Growing Up with Baseball indicates us the way it was once watched, performed, and lived no longer through big name athletes and multimillionaire proprietors yet via daily humans. A missionary’s son learns to learn via evaluating the activities stories in Time Magazine with Mel Allen’s asserting over defense force Radio; a tender woman reaches puberty at nearly an analogous time that the pink Sox get their “impossible dream” pennant; boys assemble via day to play ball on an previous Pittsburgh tennis court docket, then camp there at evening whereas hearing the Pirates at the radio; a tender guy encounters the Fogarty brothers, of Credence Clearwater Revival, at the sandlots of Berkeley.

Here are the moments of younger innocence and coming of age in the USA, from the massive leagues to the yard to the tabletop video game and baseball solitaire, all narrated with the heat and spirit which are a part of baseball’s enduring charm.

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My last game at the old Comiskey was 1983. My dad and I got [42], (42) to see the winning ugly Sox clinch the division title against Seattle. That was the last game I went to with my father. He died in 1987. But I got to treat him to the last ball game he saw in person and that was special. It has been said before, but that bond is why baseball matters. As a kid I did not read much about the game except what was in the popular media. We were too busy playing. When it rained we listened to ball games or played All-Star Baseball, which I believe Cadaco-Ellis manufactured.

His screams of “Overhand! ” were heard even in the most remote corners of Edward B. Shallow Junior High School’s yard. He embarrassed me—and maybe I persisted with my sidearm style of throwing just to punish him for that. But I’m sure that I remember a Topps baseball card of Luis Aparicio poised to throw sidearm, probably to complete a double play after having taken the underhand toss from Nellie Fox. ) me. On some nights we would go to the schoolyard to practice hitting. He’d pitch, I’d hit the ball as far as I could, he’d chase it, bring it back, and pitch it again.

When we were ready to head home, Dad noticed an elderly bowlegged gentleman half trundling, half waddling down the sidewalk. “That’s Honus Wagner! ” Honus was one of the few people in Pittsburgh I thought might be bigger than my dad. I was ready to follow—if my heart would start beating and my feet would move. Off we went. Not far, it turned out, for Honus quickly stepped into one of his favorite watering holes. Age, injuries, and rheumatism had taken their toll on Honus, but Dad said he was in good form.

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