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Perfect, Once Removed: When Baseball Was All the World to Me

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"Disguised as a nostalgic, coming-of-age baseball memoir, this is a sly, spare meditation on the perils of childhood, the power of celebrity, the vagaries of human kindness, and how even tenuous family bonds can have a surprisingly steely impact."—Joe Pilla, Paperbacks Plus

In pitch-perfect prose, and with a gift for conveying the fears and dreams of a young boy's life, Ph
Paperback, 176 pages
Published March 4th 2008 by Walker Books (first published October 3rd 2006)
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Apr 03, 2017 Josiah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Many other award-winning authors have written baseball books, but few had Phillip Hoose's unique perspective on the sport as a family and identity connection tracing back to 1956 for him, when he was in third grade. Many books have also been done on Don Larsen's perfect game, including one co-authored by Larsen himself (The Perfect Yankee), but Phillip Hoose's treatment of that one incomparably splendid game is a breed apart from the rest. Hoose's personal link to Don Larsen, the New York Yankee ...more
Feb 26, 2014 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reminded me of A Christmas Story, but with a baseball theme. Just a fun read-especially in the midst of this winter!
Feb 17, 2017 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
**#15 of 120 books pledged to read/review during 2017**
Jul 12, 2008 Tom rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a short book mostly telling the autobiographical story of 9 year old Phil Hoose, who in 1956, had just moved to Indiana. As a self described "weak and mouthy," kid, Phil did not fit in easily. To complicate matters, his classmates were all mad about baseball, to which Phil had never been exposed. Hoose tells the story of how he dedicated himself, mostly unsuccesfully, to becoming competent at baseball. His dedication turns to obsession when he finds out that Don Larsen, the Yankees pitch ...more
Dec 13, 2012 Denise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am not much of a sports buff but I found this autobiographical book a great read. The author recalls how his association with a professional baseball player (his second cousin, Don Larsen of the perfect game in the 1956 World Series) saved him. Phil was a struggling elementary school student who had just moved to baseball-crazed Speedway, Indiana. He was geeky and weak and completely unfamiliar with sports. His father, a newly minted engineer was of little help but does what he can. He contact ...more
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Oct 25, 2010 Monte Lamb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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If you grew up in the 1950's and loved baseball, this book will take you back to your boyhood and remind you what it was like to dream! Philip Hoose moves to a suburb of Indianapolis in 1956 and wants to be a better baseball player so he can be accepted by the students at school. He learns that his father is the 1st cousin to Don Larsen who pitches for the NY Yankees. The struggles Philip endures that summer learning how to play the game is a back drop for his growing up and acceptance. When Don ...more
Sep 14, 2009 Jonathan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you are a fan of old-time baseball, this is the book for you. It adds the story of a young boy growing up, and the challenges he faces with fitting it to the unique position of being the cousin of a famous baseball player. Phillip Hoose is Don Larsen's cousing - Don pitched the only perfect game in a World Series - for the Yankees. In the autobiographical account, Phillip meets his cousin a few times while Don played for the Yankees, and then meets him later in life as adults. The story uses ...more
Sep 29, 2012 Jay rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Every once in a while you read a book about a kid that you can relate to based on some common history. I felt this with Hoose's book about growing up and learning to play baseball. While I didn't have the famous player cousin that Hoose had, I could feel his excitement about the game of baseball knowing he was related to a star, and I understood the dedication to trying to be like Don. In the end, instead of being a baseball storing involving family, it becomes a family story around baseball. Ni ...more
Aug 26, 2008 Louis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Before finding this book, I knew little about Don Larsen besides the fact that he was a journeyman pitcher who happened to throw the only perfect game in World Series history. This book allowed me to see his achievement from a unique perspective: that of his cousin, Phil Hoose, only nine years old at the time. Having moved to a new town, Phil feels like an outcast, but his suddenly famous relative gives him a status of which he could only dream before. Hoose's book works both as a memoir of grow ...more
Chris Dean
May 15, 2015 Chris Dean rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very typical, yet very unique coming of age story surrounding the national pastime and its bond with mid century American youth. Writer does an excellent job of telling the story and there really isn't a lull in his telling of his tale. I enjoyed it very much....would like to read of the authors reaction now that the Larsen game has been released from the archives and exists on DVD
LOVED THIS! Authentic voice, good humor, loved the baseball talk. Very personal yet very entertaining.
Kristine Stewart
Nov 15, 2008 Kristine Stewart rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this is a cool baseball book about Don Larsen's first cousin (once removed) and how Don's support fostered his love of baseball.
Apr 11, 2008 Leonora rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Cute book about the author (Don Larsen's cousin) as a boy idolizing Mickey Mantle, then catching up with Larsen later in life.
Feb 27, 2008 Jen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Excellent book for baseball fans, the author describes the game in a way that only someone who really loves it could. It made me smile and miss baseball (I was in Scotland when I read it).
Aug 10, 2008 Katie rated it liked it
Short and easy-to-read, it's a small gem about a boy and his love affair with baseball.
Aug 19, 2008 Allison rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great portrait of an era.
Nov 20, 2009 Susie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Baseball fans, this is for us!
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Phillip Hoose is the widely-acclaimed author of books, essays, stories, songs, and articles, including the National Book Award winning book, Claudette Colvin: Twice Towards Justice.

He is also the author of the multi-award winning title, The Race to Save the Lord God Bird, the National Book Award Finalist We Were There Too!: Young People in U.S. History, and the Christopher Award-winning manual for
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