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Game Time: A Baseball Companion

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"Roger Angell has been writing about baseball for more than forty years . . . and for my money he's the best there is at it," says novelist Richard Ford in his introduction to Game Time. Angell's famous explorations of the summer game are built on acute observation and joyful participation, conveyed in a prose style as admired and envied as Ted Williams's swing. Angell on ...more
Hardcover, 398 pages
Published April 1st 2003 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Steve Kettmann
Apr 06, 2010 Steve Kettmann rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: baseball
OK, I edited this book, in the sense that I worked with Roger on making the selections, came up with the idea in the first place, conceived the organization, and also did the digging in the New Yorker archives to come up with some older material to include in book form for the first time (a favorite of mine the short piece, new for this book, giving three different takes on Pete Rose). But the writing is all Roger Angell and I think for anyone who has never read him, or just wants to dive back i ...more
Mark
Apr 06, 2015 Mark rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sports, essays
Game Time: A Baseball Companion, by Roger Angell, 2003. What a great read! Angell’s essays, including a good number that were his annual New Yorker close-of-the-season retrospectives, bring joy, sentiment, and insight in equal quantities. As Richard Ford says in the introduction, Angell’s essays in those years (1962-2002) were the only salve to the baseball fan’s end of the year blues. A wonderful observer, storyteller, and writer, Angell is a true gem of American writing and American sports. Re ...more
Barbara
Sep 30, 2008 Barbara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: baseball
Roger Angell writes about baseball from the viewpoint of an intelligent fan sitting in the bleachers. This book is a collection of his baseball writing from The New Yorker Magazine and I successfully stretched the essays over an entire summer. What a pleasure!
Billhotto
Jul 15, 2015 Billhotto rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Baseball and good writing go together like a four seam fastball and a sweeping curve ball. No one is better than Roger Angell. Like his stepfather, E.B. White, he can turn a sweet pivot in mid story that makes you see things in an unexpected way. He's a reporter and a fan who never forgets that it's only a game and that the game's the thing. Memory is part of the game. Angell goes back to the days of the Carl Hubbell Giants at the Polo Grounds. The essays were written between 1962 and 2002. My f ...more
Matt Parbs
All anthologies have their problem, especially when it is meant is an umpteenth collection packaged as a greatest hits. An amazing collection of individual essays (even if some are repeats, but in terms of a collection meant to have a natural pace, a narrative, and meant to be read as a whole, the book failed at some level. The Spring training section was way too long, as echoed by Angell's superb ability to set the tone of an article. He astutely pointed out that Spring Training was for writers ...more
Randal
Aug 22, 2014 Randal rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Any baseball fans
Recommended to Randal by: Roger Cooke
Shelves: nonfiction, baseball
What George Will would be if he could write, or think clearly.
Easily the best of the veteran-baseball-writer-collected-essays subgenre of baseball nonfiction. His long piece on Bob Gibson is almost as good as Gibson's autobiography, Stranger to the Game: the Autobiography of Bob Gibson, which is in turn the best baseball autobiography I have ever read. I have them both as 4.5 star books.
Angell runs a little too nostalgic which holds this back from being 5 stars for me, but he's an astute observe
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Tom Gase
Sep 17, 2010 Tom Gase rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Roger Angell is the best writer ever for baseball...period. This book is another gem and good for people that haven't read his other gems like Season Ticket, Late Innings and Five Seasons (although you should read ALL of them if you're a real fan of Angell). Game Time is sort of a best-of collection of stories for about 1/3 of the book, while new material from the 90's and early part of this past decade take up the other two thirds of the book. Great new stories on the Braves and Yankee teams of ...more
Edmund
Jan 08, 2008 Edmund rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those who would sacrifice bunt.
If you like Baseball this is a must. Roger Angel has witnessed and/or written about baseball since the 30s-40s. His writing is beautiful, expansive, and yet very relaxed-perhaps because he has written mostly for the New Yorker. He's not a chew-em-up and spit-em-out writer like most of the beat baseball writers, and there's not a trace of the smugness of, say, Mike Lupica. In this book, his post career interview with Bob Gibson is a gem. He also has a talent that few baseball writers have--the ab ...more
Dennis McKeon
Jul 13, 2015 Dennis McKeon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Arguably the best baseball writer of all time. Priceless essays.
Michael Chhangur
Mar 27, 2016 Michael Chhangur rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sports
Literary nostalgia.
Ty
Jun 30, 2008 Ty rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
While i love books about the history of baseball, i just could not stand this author's writing style. in my opinion, he does not compare to Roger Kahn. the text was very over written and pompous. this may work for a magazine article or a newspaper story, but became very tiresome by about 1/2 way through the book. i almost never abandon a book midway, but
i just gave up after the 2nd week of falling asleep a page or two along.



Chris Witt
Apr 12, 2013 Chris Witt rated it really liked it
Very solid collection of great columns by Roger Angell. I'm a big Joe Posnanski fan and last Christmas he had posted a list of his all-time favorite sports books. I think I added about 20 of them to my "to read" list and this was one of them.

Highlights for me were the pieces he had done on Bob Gibson and David Cone.

Recommended if you are looking for some baseball reminiscing and enjoy the always-elusive quality sportswriting.
B
Mar 31, 2013 B rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Still good. Disappointing to reread some of the essays, even though they're obviously among Angell's best. But they should have organized these collections is a more orderly way, no?

Even within the collection, it's confusing that the essays aren't even chronological within the subjects.

But oh, well. Terrific.
Anita
May 09, 2015 Anita rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely perfect collection of beautiful baseball writing by Roger Angell. I could live inside this book; it made me so happy.
Chris
Jun 25, 2015 Chris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent, evocative long-form baseball writing. I really enjoy having the ability to pick up a book randomly, and knock out 30 pages of self-contained narrative without having to remember where I left off. "Distance" is one of my favorite articles on an athlete, ever.
Don LaFountaine
Apr 29, 2013 Don LaFountaine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book for all baseball fans! Roger Angell writes very well, fills his books with so many interesting tidbits about the game, and does it in such a way that you don't want to put the book down! I was a little saddened to have finished it in one day.
A.
Jun 25, 2012 A. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: baseball, 2012
Particularly lovely: an old essay about watching the 1981 New Haven NCAA regional game between St. Johns and Yale with Smokey Joe Wood; Frank Viola pitched for the Red Storm and Ron Darling for the Elis. Loved that.
Jeremy
Sep 07, 2008 Jeremy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Basically awful. "Heigh-ho, these Yankees!" Ugh. Give me Joe Posnanski's personal yet analytical sportswriting any day instead of this flowery yet empty fluff.
Diane Ferbrache
Aug 24, 2016 Diane Ferbrache rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: baseball, essays
a collection of essays about baseball by noted writer. Some funny, some sweet, always respectful of America's game. A must read for any baseball fan.
Justin
Aug 07, 2012 Justin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: baseball
Angell's pretty essential reading for baseball fans. Highlights here include writings on Bob Gibson, Tim McCarver, and pitcher durability.
William Herbst
Some interesting articles and some that seemed dated. Worth a read but I would probably pick and choose which articles to read.
Jason
Oct 08, 2012 Jason rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I am reminded of someone who talks constantly because they love the sound of their own voice.
Jeff
May 24, 2007 Jeff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i love roger angell. This is a little slow going, but, you know, so is baseball.
Art
Mar 21, 2008 Art rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The master of baseball lit. The perfect mid-winter read.
Kevin
a good baseball book
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Roger Angell (b. 1920) is a celebrated New Yorker writer and editor. First published in the magazine in 1944, he became a fiction editor and regular contributor in 1956; and remains as a senior editor and staff writer. In addition to seven classic books on baseball, which include The Summer Game (1972), Five Seasons (1977), and Season Ticket (1988), he has written works of fiction, humor, and a me ...more
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