Take me out to the ball game

Take me out to the ball game

As a kid, I was a big baseball fan. Little League ball was as far as I ever went as a mediocre player (at best), but as a pre-teen, I loved the game.

In the years since Little League, I’ve spent a lot of time away from baseball. Slowly but surely, though, I’ve found my way back, with a little help from W. P. Kinsella, Paul Quarrington and pick-up ball down at McKittrick Park.

Recently, I’ve gotten a chance to review some new baseball books for the Free Press, and cover some junior ball for The Herald, too.

Appropriately enough, Tim (Rock) Raines’ autobiography, Rock Solid, lead the whole thing off. I didn’t know a whole lot about Rock before, but he sure has an interesting tale to tell. He’s also a big baseball booster for the city of Montreal. If they ever get a ball team back in the National League, I know who I’ll be rooting for.

My next shot came by way of a review of Jason Turbow’s Dynastic, Bombastic, Fantastic, a look at the Swingin’ A’s of the 1970s. Chock full of detail with writing that pops off the page, this is the kind of book that you can sink your teeth into. Well worth a read, baseball fan or no.

And, for good measure, I’ve been keeping tabs on the Elmwood Giants junior AAA team, who are defending champions in the Manitoba Junior Baseball League. They’re off to a good start, but we’ll see if they can tighten up their game enough in the second half of the season here to come out on top again.

Right in time for the World Series, I got a chance to review Sridhar Pappu’s The Year of the Pitcher, a fascinating look at the 1968 season, on and off the field.


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