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Notes of a Baseball Dreamer: A Memoir
by Robert Mayer (Goodreads Author)
For anyone who has ever hit a baseball, or gone to sleep with the rise and fall of home runs in his mind, here at last is the book that unlocks the secret to baseball’s hold over our hearts. Robert Mayer’s hilarious and heartbreaking memoir of growing up baseball-obsessed chronicles another kind of ballplayer altogether. Mayer’s star is the boy who was too skinny, too ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published March 25th 2003 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Robert Mayer grew up a fan of the Brooklyn Dodgers, from childhood until they moved to LA. This book is a memoir, chronicling his life and his passion for his team(s) and the game. Told in 9 chapters and an epilogue and prologue (pre- and post- game?), Mayer carefully recounts his days as a child in the Bronx as a Brooklyn Dodgers fan and all the pain that entitled. The memoir continues through to present day (at the time of publication), covering not just his dedication to mastering the game ...more
This book moves me to the point where I feel anything I type will not do it justice. I’m a baseball fan, for the team that Mayer hates (Yankees). During a not-so-good time in my life, the daily games of baseball, tracking the players and the teams were the only thing I cared about. Then came winter…and no baseball. So I made frequent trips to the library reading books about baseball to fill the void. That’s when I found this book, under it’s old title Baseball and Men’s Lives: True Confessions ...more
As one who carried baseball dreams in my head though without an iota of athletic talent, this memoir struck a resonant chord. Although Mayer was a better player than me, he was not good enough to fulfill his dream of being a major league shortstop, but the baseball bug has never left him. A wonderful writer, he evokes well the stickball and other games that he played on the streets of News York, the pain of seeing the Dodgers leave Brooklyn for Los Angelos, and ups and downs of being a Mets fan, ...more