Birth of A FanBook - 1993
Birth of a Fan is a book about baseball. But more importantly, it is a book about relationships. A book about how baseball has become a lifelong friend and a neverending passion for millions everywhere, a shared experience of joy and sadness, patience and exultation. As Jim Bouton noted in closing Ball Four, "You spend a good bit of your life gripping a baseball and in the end it turns out that it was the other way around all the time." Noted sportswriter and critic Ron.Fimrite asked fifteen literary all-stars to join him in reflecting on how a baseball came to put its grip on their lives. For some the relationship with the national pastime was a product of childhood; others embraced baseball later in life. But, each essayist concludes, for better or worse they are all bonded to the game for life: daily purveyors (and proofreaders) of box scores. Hopelessly addicted to green grass and blue skies. Seduced each spring by the Sirens' song."This is the year that we're gonna win the pennant!" Each of these sixteen never-before-published first-person accounts uniquely explores the author's fascination with baseball. Humorous and poignant, Birth of a Fan is a book about rediscovery. Written with style and depth, this book will find a place in the heart of every devoted fan of baseball and literature.
Publisher: New York : Macmillan Pub. Co., c1993
Branch Call Number: 796.36 B619
Characteristics: viii, 214 p. ; 22 cm