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Sports Illustrated: Great Baseball Writing

4.03  ·  Rating Details  ·  89 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
This collection of writing by world-class writers including Frank Deford, Peter Gammons and Tom Verducci brings together the stories of football's greatest heroes and villains, legendary quests and pennant races.
Paperback, 560 pages
Published March 7th 2007 by Sports Illustrated (first published May 31st 2005)
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Mark Wilkerson
Aug 01, 2013 Mark Wilkerson rated it liked it
Quite the comprehensive read....A little heavy on the "steroids in baseball" story, the "Stan Musial was really under-rated/a really good guy," and, not shockingly given the east-coast bias the sports world possesses, the "The Yankees are really good" perspective.

The best stories here cover the underdogs, the misfits, the freaks, and the characters that have thrived in baseball; profiles of people and teams like The Macon High School Ironmen, Tim Lincecum, owner Bill Veeck, the 1960s New York Me
Mar 18, 2015 Dottie rated it it was amazing
Loved it! But I would've appreciated fewer pieces on the Yankees and weirdo sexist racists.
Feb 09, 2010 Andrew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It doesn't need to be 560 pages long, but gives a rich overview of the game from statistics to clowns, owners, aging stars, stadiums, radio broadcasters, and memorable series. It's a good one to flip through if you're looking to get excited for a new season, or just learn more about the history and intricacies of baseball. Most of the more recent entries feature better (and easier to follow) writing, but the older ones give a cool perspective in some cases.
Apr 02, 2014 Jake rated it really liked it
Like any other anthology, some of the writings were better than others. This is no surprise. What was a surprise was how good most of it was. When I think of Sports Illustrated I think of a weekly mag with hack writers pandering to sportsminded college jocks. What I got instead was high minded writers with a love of baseball waxing poetic. I highly recommend this book.
Kevin J. Rogers
Mar 25, 2011 Kevin J. Rogers rated it really liked it
This was an outstanding compilation, although not every article was excellent. To his eternal credit editor Rob Fleder says as much in his Introduction. But the goal here was to capture the essence of the game and its history, not simply re-publish the best articles, and in that the book was a success. And some of the pieces were truly outstanding.
Jul 04, 2008 Rob rated it it was amazing
Seriously I have finally found the perfect book for when you are taking a poop. This thing may finally replace my "Fantasy Football 2005 Draft Hints Magazine" as my go to bathroom reading. Seriously this book may never make it out of the bathroom. Pick it up...well, not my copy, let's just say it's contaminated.
Jason Shubnell
Nov 25, 2012 Jason Shubnell rated it really liked it
Awesome look into some of the game's best stories that people like me never had a chance to read.
Nov 30, 2008 Ted rated it really liked it
Some great snapshots of player/era.
Mar 19, 2011 Zach rated it really liked it
Excellent collection.
Ray Charbonneau
Jan 12, 2012 Ray Charbonneau rated it liked it
Shelves: sports
It's SI. Very readable.
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