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The Heart of the Order

3.82 of 5 stars 3.82  ·  rating details  ·  95 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Boswell, longtime Washington Post sports columnist, has been called "the best all-around baseball writer in America" (San Diego Union). Hand-picked from his columns of the last five years, this funny, insightful, and moving collection of pieces proves that when it com es to baseball, Boswell is in a league by himself. (Penguin)
Paperback, 384 pages
Published March 1st 1990 by Penguin Books (first published 1989)
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Ted
Pick my favorite column? How? Jim Palmer's weeping farewell? The rejuvenated Sparking Anderson? Fred Lynn's refusal to play when not at his best? The lump-in-the throat tribute to Roger Maris? Brooks Robinson at Cooperstown? A. Bartlett Giamatti? Jim Abbott? Jeff Wickstrom? No, you pick!

This is a TOP TEN book in my baseball library.
Availability. Paperback, hardcover.
Type. PLAYERS/ERA
Use. READ/BROWSE; EH maybe

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Tim Basuino
I read and finished Boswell’s “Why Time Begins On Opening Day” the first three days at the beginning of September, an even 100 pages per day. While it was a quick read, I was slightly less than overwhelmed, which led me to giving a three star review.

“The Heart Of The Order” is much in the same vein, as various aspects of the great game of baseball are touched upon, with an understandable bias towards the Orioles. This effort focuses on the 1984-1988 seasons, and is highlighted by a passage entit
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Tom Gase
It has been a very long time since I read a Thomas Boswell book, probably a good 20 years. I went to the SF library sale this past weekend, however, and decided to read this recently purchased book after watching Ken Burn's 10th inning. Boswell is featured in th Ken Burns documentary, along with the older baseball nine-part series from 18 years ago. And I learned from this book, that there is a reason why he was featured in both--he is a great baseball writer. This book, Heart of the Order, real ...more
Mighty_k24
In ‘t kort: Boswell is (of was) journalist en columnist voor The Washington Post en volgde vooral het baseball. Dit boek omvat een verzameling portretten en columns uit de jaren 1984-1988, en werd uitgebracht in 1989. We starten met heel wat portretten (sommige oppervlakkig, andere diepgravender), en kijken vervolgens terug op de Word Series (de finale van het baseball-kampioenschap) uit die jaren.

Mijn oordeel: ik kocht dit boek een hele tijd geleden, omdat Mart Smeets (alweer hij) er in één va
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Spiros
Dec 18, 2014 Spiros rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who wants to revisit '80's baseball
Shelves: beisbol, bins
Thomas Boswell is a very good baseball writer, almost on a par with Roger Angell; where Angell comes out ahead is in his lightness, in his never letting us forget that baseball, however important, is still just a game. Boswell can fall into stridency from time to time. Still, I thoroughly enjoyed revisiting the game during its much ignored decade of the '80's, the waning of the Free Agent Era and the dawning of the Steroid Era. And I particularly liked his piece on A. Bartlett Giamatti.
Ashley
The only reason it doesn't get 4 is because it is by now way out of date, but my favorite piece of sportswriting might be "99 Reasons Why Baseball is Better Than Football"
Ron Kaplan
Baseball columnists,baseball essays
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