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Extra Innings by Richard F. Peterson,Richard Peterson,Eliot Asinof Book Resume:
Extra Innings tackles the question of how writing about baseball has shaped our understanding and misunderstanding of the national pastime. In a series of astute reflections on baseball histories, biographies, personal reminiscences, and fiction, Richard Peterson explores the shifting balance of romance and fact in standard baseball histories, offers a lively discussion of baseball fiction, and assesses the realism of postmodern baseball writing. He discusses the influence of Jackie Robinson on the serious baseball novel and the reluctance of baseball fiction to treat race issues realistically. He also surveys baseball fleeting appearances in the literary canon and suggests a "top nine" reading list for the baseball aficionado. Slicing away the myths and distortions of baseball's bizarre history, Extra Innings.
Baseball Crazy by Nancy Mercado Book Resume:
How magical is the experience of attending your very first baseball game and hearing the crack of the bat resound throughout the stadium? What?s more terrifying than being out in left field praying the ball doesn?t come your way? Who better are the friends you make while playing out on that diamond? Here are ten fictional stories that celebrate all aspects of the game of baseball. Baseball Crazy is a diverse collection that will hit a home run with all fans of the sport, from the most loyal old-timers to the newest rookies. Batter up! Stories by: Paul Acampora Joseph Bruchac Sue Corbett Ron Koertge Frank Portman David Rice John H. Ritter Charles R. Smith Jr. Jerry Spinelli Maria Testa
The Collected Baseball Stories by Charles Emmett Van Loan Book Resume:
Between 1909 and 1919 Charles Emmett Van Loan published an amazing nine collections of short stories, including four baseball books-The Big League (1909), The Ten-Thousand-Dollar Arm (1912), The Lucky Seventh (1913) and Score By Innings (1919). Grantland Rice, in the Introduction to Score By Innings, described Van Loan as "sport's greatest fiction writer and soul (sic) historian," and claimed that "no other man has ever unfolded the romance and humor of baseball half as well." This volume brings together Van Loan's baseball stories, including those in The Big League ("The Crab," "The Low Brow," "The Fresh Guy," "The Quitter," "The Bush League Demon," "The Cast-Off," "The Busher," "A Job for the Pitcher," "The Golden Ball of the Argonauts"); The Ten-Thousand-Dollar Arm ("The Ten-Thousand-Dollar Arm," "Sweeney to Sanguinetti to Schultz," "Little Sunset," "The Loosening Up of Hogan," "The Phantom League," "The Comeback," "Behind the Mask," "McCluskey's Prodigal"); The Lucky Seventh ("A Rain Check," "The Mexican Marvel," "The Good Old Wagon," "For Revenue Only," "The Bachelor Benedict," "'Butterfly' Boggs: Pitcher," "Will a Duck Swim?", "Crossed 'Signs,'" "Won Off the Diamond," "The Pitch-Out"); and Score By Innings ("The National Commission Decides," "Puite vs. Puite," "Chivalry in Carbon County," "The Squirrel," "IOU," "The Bone Doctor," "His Own Stuff," "Excess Baggage," "Nine Assists and Two Errors," "Minster Conley"). Also included are the previously uncollected stories "Mathewson, Incog." and "The Indian Sign."
More Sports Best Short Stories by Paul D. Staudohar Book Resume:
"In these 25 stories about sporting contests from basketball and baseball to fishing and chess, celebrated writers from several nations spin tales of love, mystery, chicanery, luck, and perseverance. A. Conan Doyle's ace detective Sherlock Holmes solves a rugby mystery; Nobel prize winner Rudyard Kipling writes on polo; P. G. Wodehouse brings humor to golf; and Agatha Christie spins a tale about chess. The classical Russian poet and author Alexander Pushkin builds a story around another card game, faro, and from Guy de Maupassant comes a fascinating fishing yarn. American Pulitzer Prize winners Richard Ford and Paul Horgan write about hunting, while Ring Lardner and W. P. Kinsella prefer baseball, and for Ethan Canin, basketball is the inspiration. Ping-pong, bullfighting, and Mark Twain's hilarious frog-jumping contest also appear in these pages, which will amuse, energize, and astonish both dedicated sports enthusiasts and lovers of short fiction."
Diamonds in the Rough by Joel Zoss,John Bowman,John Stewart Bowman Book Resume:
Pairing their detailed, informative research with a sophisticated anecdotal approach, Joel Zoss and John Bowman have written a fascinating, original, literate, and concise compendium of the history and issues surrounding America's national pastime. Addressedøare such diverse topics as the origins of the game, the contributions of minorities and women, the evolution of umpiring, baseball's influence on literature and music, substance abuse, on- and off-field tragedy, and the game's international presence. Diamonds in the Rough is an invaluable and stimulating resource both for those who already study the game and for those who would like to learn its revealing history.
A Member of the Local Nine by William Steele Book Resume:
The first in-depth study of Kinsella’s fiction since 1987, this book offers a unique and updated analysis. Utilizing a variety of approaches and the hermeneutical lenses of race, gender, class, religion, sexuality and post colonialism, this comprehensive text covers the five novels and numerous short stories featuring baseball. Topics include a broad history of both juvenile and adult baseball fiction, an overview of how the genre has grown since the early 1950s, and the various forms of national, community and individual identity that have formed around the sport. The bibliography offers a balance of primary baseball fiction and secondary scholarship, demonstrating the numerous approaches to the game and its literature.
The Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture, 2007-2008 by William M. Simons Book Resume:
This anthology gathers selected papers from the 2007 and 2008 meetings of the Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture, the long-running academic conference held annually at the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Essays included employ the national pastime to comment on issues transcending the playing field, and are divided into six sections: "Cultural Perspectives on the Game," "Literary Baseball," "Baseball at the Movies," "Minority Standard Bearers," "New Leagues," and "The Business of Baseball."
Baseball in April and Other Stories by Gary Soto Book Resume:
In this unique collection of short stories, the small events of daily life reveal big themes-love and friendship, youth and growing up, success and failure.Calling on his own experiences of growing up in California's Central Valley, poet Gary Soto brings to life the joys and pains of young people everywhere.The smart, tough, vulnerable kids in these stories are Latino, but their dreams and desires belong to all of us.
The Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture, 2017-2018 by William M. Simons Book Resume:
Widely acknowledged as the preeminent gathering of baseball scholars, the annual Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture has made significant contributions to baseball research. This collection of 15 new essays selected from the 2017 and the 2018 symposia examines topics whose importance extend beyond the ballpark. Presented in six parts, the essays explore baseball's cultural and social history and analyze the tools that encourage a more sophisticated understanding of baseball as a game and enterprise.
Baseball Play America by Don Weiskopf Book Resume:
Referring to seven national surveys, Weiskopf, who has authored numerous books about baseball, including The Complete Baseball Handbook with Walter Alston, analyzes the problems, issues, and needs of organized baseball at all levels of play. He examines the issues of Major League Baseball, such as player salaries, the modern meaninglessness of home run records and era comparisons, and anabolic steroid use, but he also explores options to strengthen college level ball, save minor league baseball in small towns, and reform youth baseball and bring back casual playground games. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
Baseball by Myron J. Smith Book Resume:
In 1986, Mr. Smith compiled the highly acclaimed Baseball: A Comprehensive Bibliography (the cornerstone of baseball research--Library Journal). His Supplement 1(essential for all baseball scholars--Booklist/RBB) covers the period between January 1985 and May 1992. Now Smith has compiled his second supplement offering coverage of June 1992 through December 1997. There is no aspect not covered--major, minor, college, and little leagues; bat factories; biographies; and much more. It is a comprehensive listing of all books and other U.S. and Canadian publications (excluding newspaper articles)--over 350 periodicals and journals alone.
The Redheaded Outfield by Zane Grey Book Resume:
Though Zane Grey is best remembered as one of the most renowned writers of Western fiction, he also had an abiding interest in baseball rooted in his own stint as a baseball player for the University of Pennsylvania. Grey wrote a number of tales that take place on or around the baseball field; The Redheaded Outfield and Other Baseball Stories collects the very best of his sports fiction.
As American as Mom, Baseball, and Apple Pie by Linda J. Holland-Toll Book Resume:
This book does nothing less than redefine the very genre of horror fiction, calling into question the usual conventions, motifs, and elements. Unlike many critics of this genre, Linda Holland-Toll sees dis/affirmative horror fiction acting neither to soothe fears nor reduce them to the vicarious “thrills ‘n’ chills” mode, but as intensifying the fears inherent in everyday life.
The Baseball Bibliography by Myron J. Smith Book Resume:
"With over 57,000 entries, this two-volume set is the most comprehensive non-electronic, non-database, print bibliography on any American sport. Represented here are books and monographs, scholarly papers, government documents, doctoral dissertations, mas