By William Farina
The past due Eliot Asinof (1919-2008), popular writer of 8 males Out, on which the motion picture model used to be later dependent, additionally wrote 14 different complete size books, together with four extra on baseball. furthermore, he produced numerous articles, interviews, brief tales, and screenplays in a writing occupation spanning over part a century. this can be the 1st particular serious examine for either his baseball and non-baseball output. His complete oeuvre is explored, in addition to pertinent subject matters, significant characters and the present prestige of his literary acceptance. an enormous addition to the scholarly paintings in this minor-league baseball participant grew to become writer.
Read Online or Download Eliot Asinof and the Truth of the Game: A Critical Study of the Baseball Writings PDF
Best baseball books
Play to win.
Play like a champion.
Within the spirit of box of desires, a extraordinary booklet approximately baseball and the which means of existence. A online game among the Iowa Cubs and the Nashville Sounds at an AAA park in Nashville offers the lens during which Robert Benson explores the sport of baseball and the that means of lifestyles within the video game. it really is a normal week evening online game within the early a part of the season among groups that would end a ways out of first position within the Pacific League.
Lengthy, leisurely summer season days enjoying pick-up video games locally sandlot; that first, awe-inspiring glimpse of an incredible league box; enjoying trap within the yard; collecting baseball playing cards; pouring over field scores—for many, baseball is the stuff of an American formative years. The thirty own reminiscences during this publication replicate the good number of this uniquely American event in addition to the typical spirit that unites all lovers of baseball.
- Ballparks of the Deadball Era: A Comprehensive Study of Their Dimensions, Configurations and Effects on Batting, 1901-1919
- IT Made E-Z
- A Mathematician at the Ballpark: Odds and Probabilities for Baseball Fans
- Major Leagues
- Tasting freedom : Octavius Catto and the battle for equality in Civil War America
Additional info for Eliot Asinof and the Truth of the Game: A Critical Study of the Baseball Writings
Upon graduation, Asinof would sign with the Philadelphia Phillies and play brieﬂy for the Moultrie (Georgia) Packers (courtesy Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College). was the last to give in to inevitable pressures of the marketplace. Usually (but not always), proﬁtability depends on fan attendance, which often depends of winning, which typically depends on high salaries, which in the end can destroy proﬁtability, not to mention fan loyalty if star players continuously switch clubs with every passing season.
Comiskey. Had it not been for Free agency, the Oakland team would have surely gone on to win more titles; indeed, the Yankees immediately took advantage by raiding the Oakland roster for stars like Catﬁsh Hunter and Reggie Jackson, luring them away with bigger paychecks. Thus Hunter and Jackson traded Finley for Steinbrenner as their boss. There is a personal connection here. Charles O. Finley lived in my home town of LaPorte, Indiana, where I played high school baseball at the time. In nearby Comiskey Park in Chicago, I witnessed the Athletics play (and dominate) during their heyday; then I saw them, practically overnight, scatter to the winds when no longer slavishly bound to lower pay and abhorred management.
Baseball has changed since you played it. It’s the goddamn long ball they want now. If a man can belt ’em that far, he goes up. The clever boys can only wave at the damn apple as it disappears over the wall. That’s baseball today. 17 Fain’s visceral response to his boss’s directive is one that he dare not vocalize: One trouble was that the big hitters were everybody’s meat. Find any rawboned kid who could blast the apple a mile and you’d wait in line with the other scouts to get him, dangling the ever-increasing checks before him, promising him the world if he’d come to papa.