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Baseball As I Have Known It
From Honus Wagner to Johnny Bench, Baseball As I Have Known It covers sixty-six seasons of America’s national sport. Fred Lieb, the dean of baseball writers, tells about its heroes, rogues, controversies, and grand plays. He broke in as a sportswriter in the Polo Grounds press box in 1911. In 1933, in the midst of the Depression, Lieb was fired from the New York Post and b ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published January 1st 1996 by Bison Books
(first published April 28th 1977)
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In terms of historical accuracy, it has some flaws--fact-checking someone's memory wasn't what it was today in the '70s. However, if you ever want to know "what it was like" back in the early days of baseball, this book has the feel of the author being in the room, speaking directly to you about things he did and saw, most of which was nearly a century ago or more. It's a masterful, valuable memoir that any casual fan of the game's history should read.
One of the most enjoyable books on the history of baseball I've read. The author experienced first hand baseball history as far back as the Black Sox and all the way through the late 1970's. If you're a fan of baseball history, see if you can find this title.