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By W. P. Kinsella

Not anyone can write approximately baseball with a similar fabulous mixture of mysticism and realism as W. P. Kinsella. fanatics of the sport and fans of excellent writing will thrill to the diversity of the 11 tales that make up this new collection.
From the paranormal conspiracy of the name tale, to the celestial prediction within the final Pennant earlier than Armageddon, to the desolation of The Baseball Spur, Kinsella explores the area of baseball and makes it, miraculously, a microcosm of the human .

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In addition to the railroad, with its soot-spewing, tall-stacked engines, horse-drawn stagecoaches brought visitors and traveling salesmen to town and took them from the depot to the other villages or the East Brookfield Hotel on Main Street. In winter the coaches traveled on sleighs. Ox teams were also a familiar sight. A small steamer carried bricks across Quaboag Pond to a railroad siding. The hottest political issue of the time involved secession. As part of the Town of Brookfield, the East Village residents didn’t take kindly to paying taxes to help pay for projects over in Brookfield, three miles away.

He walked with Michael Jr. and Nellie to the large brick one-room schoolhouse. The first grade curriculum concentrated on reading, writing, spelling, and counting to one hundred. S. geography, penmanship, and “object lessons,” in addition to reading and spelling. In third grade, Nellie was doing a little primary arithmetic and sharing the daily ten-minute lesson from Hooker’s Child’s Book of Nature that the teacher read aloud to all the students. There were three terms of ten weeks each, separated by long vacations.

Burt Shoe Company, where he reached a salary of $10 a week, enough of a wage for many a man to support a large family at the time. Life was not all work in the Brookfields, which were known as Showtown because so many traveling shows and locally produced entertainments appeared there. Connie Mack enjoyed them all: fairs, dances, parades, strawberry and oyster suppers, minstrel shows, circuses, acting troupes, concerts, political rallies and speeches, and historical commemorations. He began a lifelong love of the theater.

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