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Why Time Begins on Opening Day

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The second collection of baseball writings from the Washinton Post's National Baseball Correspondent, Tom Boswell.
Hardcover, 300 pages
Published April 1st 1984 by Doubleday
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N.N. Light
It is the time for my annual re-read of the classic baseball book - in my view the best baseball book ever written - Why Time Begins on Opening Day by Thomas Boswell. Now out of print, this book is like a warm pair of slippers or a hot can just slide into this book and be warmed with the magic of the game of baseball. Though written circa 1984 and detailing the tales of the late 70's and early 80's, this book isn't dated. So often you will find yourself noticing that the logic about th ...more
N.N. Light
Feb 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of my favorite baseball books of all time and I read this every year! Tom Boswell weaves together a beautiful collection of the ins and outs of baseball, from the minors to the umpires. Every true baseball fan needs to own this book!

I read this every year and every year, it gets better and more insightful.

Jul 26, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The newest of baseball fans can get a great appreciation for baseball in the 70s and 80s by reading this wonderful book by long-time Washington Post columnist Thomas Boswell. This 1984 book is full of impressions which paint a wonderful look back into a era many remember fondly and some will find fascinating.

As a Washington Post writer covering the only major league team in the area at that time (pre-Washington Nationals), much of the books is focused on the Baltimore Orioles. He does a marvelou
My most favorite book of all time. One of my greatest loves is baseball, and reading this book can explain why. It's written with detail, wisdom, and a true understanding of why the great game is so much more than a sport. The author is perceptive and insightful and tell wonderful stories that even non-sports fans can relate to.
Warren Hicks
Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It never gets old.
Dave Moyer
Jul 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An underrated baseball writer, damn near as good as Angell. Baseball fans should read him.
Jul 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
When I started into baseball reading in the early 90s, I discovered Thomas Boswell and he became my favorite baseball writer. He is literate, thoughtful, and passionate about the sport. This collection of articles and chapters written specifically for the book is from the mid-80s, and as such some of the chapters are a bit dated. And being a writer for the Washington Post, his subjects tend to skew more towards the Baltimore Orioles. But there are a number of chapters that are universal and time ...more
Mike Glaser
May 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I always like to read baseball books in the spring and it seemed appropriate to reread this one since no one seems to have any idea when opening day will be this year. When I was stationed in DC in the early 1990’s, Tony Kornheiser, Michael Wilborn and Thomas Boswell all wrote for the Washington Post sports sections. It was a great time to be a hardcore sports fan. Needless to say, if you love baseball, you will enjoy this book.
Tom Gardner
Dec 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the great baseball books.
May 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the greatest books ever written about our national pastime.
Apr 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you love baseball, you are welcome :-) Wonderful essays from the 1980s, by Tom Boswell.
Dan Lalande
Jul 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the early 80's, the double-play combo of Thomas Boswell and Roger Angell ( the all "ll" team?) rescued baseball writing from the maudlin maw of the sports page hack and elevated it to legitimate literary genre. Practical-philosophical those two were, obsessively unlocking the most elusive parts of the game while lauding its metaphoric value. What distinguished Boswell from his patrician counterpart, however - as this, Boswell's second collection, affirms -was his love of community, from the f ...more
Tim Basuino
People who know me realize that while I’m open to watching other sports, baseball has been, is, and always will be my first love. Various reasons exist for this, not the least of which is the abundance of quality literature centered around the diamond game. Examples include, but are certainly not limited to: Ball Four, Bill Veeck, Pennant Race, Crazy ’08, Satchel and various other biographies, and doesn’t even get into sabermetric-inclined books such as Bill James’ Abstracts.

When I saw Why Time
Craig Werner
Mar 19, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Coming back to Boswell, who I read when he began publishing his collections, was a quiet pleasure. Published in 1985, Why Time Begins on Opening Day was written amidst the fairly ugly era of the early 1980s--the 1981 split season remains one of the lowest low points of major league history. Through it all, Boswell maintained a firm sense that baseball would survive itself, a lesson that's been repeated with the steroid era. The keys are his appreciation for the ways in which the continuity of th ...more
Steve Minard
This is a book of its era, for sure (the early 80's to be exact), but it remains timeless. It is a baseball book, obviously, but it is also a philosophical treatise. It is "just" a sports book, yet it is poetry all the same.

Baseball fans of all ages will enjoy this book as a love letter to their favorite sport. Since it came from my childhood, I smiled at every obscure name I could now look up on, but even if you've never heard of Earl Weaver, if you have an affinity for t
Apr 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Now that I am a participating member of the goodreads community, I can share with my fellow reviewers, one of my annual rights of Spring – dusting off my copy of Tom Boswell’s “Why Time Begins on Opening Day”, and recommending it for its depth of knowledge and insight into my favorite sport to both watch and participate in.

Published in 1984, this book will appeal to baseball fans, as it contributes to further linking generations that this game does so well. As he was a beat writer for The Washin
Feb 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can't find the link but when I was looking for best books of 2015 this one came listed as a best books people someone had read in 2015. Anyway I brought it and was happily surprised by good the writing is in fact. You don't have to be a baseball fan to read this book but it helps to be old enough for the names Pete Rose or Reggie Jackson to mean anything and so it's like a time machine back to the 70s and 80s where things weren't so complicated, including baseball.
Mark Taylor
Aug 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
An excellent collection of short articles about baseball in the late 1970's and early 1980's. Boswell understands baseball very well and why the game has such a pull on us fans. Boswell is also perceptive about the managers and players he covers. His interview with Jim Palmer is a great piece.
Aug 05, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: baseball, non-fiction
I enjoyed (as always) learning about the game of baseball. Wish they'd write one like this about players now. I didn't have a baseball consciousness until 2003, and though I remember the Jockey ads with Jim Palmer, I don't know those 1970s and 80s players like I do the guys now.
Nov 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A seminal book in the genre...
Jan 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tom Boswell is my favorite baseball writer.
Rob Melich
Jan 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful writing, joyful reading. Even you have no interest or knowledge of baseball still a terrific set of essays. Art!!!
Johanna Rupprecht
These essays are a lovely read if you’re a baseball fan.
Feb 18, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A nice collection of stories about baseball in the late 70's/early 80's.
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