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Baseball Life Advice

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  423 ratings  ·  75 reviews
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A Globe and Mail Best Book

A National Post Best Book of the Year

A passionate ode to baseball, its culture, and its community, which both celebrates and challenges the game - and reminds us why it really matters.

For Stacey May Fowles, the game of baseball is one of "long pauses punctuated by tiny miracles." In this entertaining and thoughtful book, Fowl
ebook, 256 pages
Published April 11th 2017 by McClelland & Stewart
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Apr 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
ALL STACEY MAY FOWLES! ALL BASEBALL EVERYTHING! And I promise I'm not just saying this bc I am mentioned in this book aka "LEESA LOVES BASEBALL THIGHS!" These are my true-true feelings, Fowles writes abt baseball in the magical, important way it deserves. All love. ...more
Apr 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love this book so much. As woman who loves baseball, I found so much to relate to, but I do think any fan would love Fowles essays & thoughts. Highly recommended - I'm not even a Blue Jays fan, but her love for her team is familiar who has a love of the game. ...more
Lauren Simmons
Apr 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This book is magic. Some of the content will be familiar from readers of Stacey May's newsletter, but these essays strike the heart of a baseball fan like a fastball in a glove. Meh, I tried at a simile but Stacey May is better. Go read this. ...more
Jan 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, non-fiction, owned
Pretty sure I have been a subscriber of Stacey's newsletter of the same name since its first missive, so certainly I'm a fan and this is relevant to my interests. I'm not sure that the essays benefit from being read in quick succession as there is a lot of thematic repetition, but I'm glad to have her voice. I wonder if non-Blue Jays fans enjoy it as much. 😂 ...more
Kayla Ramoutar
Apr 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was fantastic. Fowles discussed anxiety and depression with such depth while also sounding light-hearted, which I found fascinating and meaningful (to me personally). I've never really been able to describe my love for baseball properly and "eloquently" - especially as a girl with male friends who are very outspoken - but if you've ever wondered why I love it so much, read this book. I also teared up four (4) times, which I didn't expect, but also wasn't surprised at. ...more
Apr 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book put into words exactly why I love baseball. Fowler does an amazing job explaining love of a game that takes as long as it needs to and relies on story. Thank you.
Sameer Vasta
Aug 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
The most recent baseball game I attended was with a group of coworkers, as a way to celebrate our new team at work and to spend time together outside of the office.

To call them coworkers is perhaps reductive: these are my friends, people with whom I share my thoughts and ideas and ups and downs. These are people who make me laugh every day, make me proud to do the work I do.

We all gathered on the “Flight Deck” at the SkyDome, allowing us to move around, socialize, enjoy each others’ company more
Chris Edwards
Mar 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really liked this book. I was all ready to give it 4 stars and then as I went back through my favorite quotes there were just too many that I truly loved. So my 4.5 star gets rounded up. By the time I got to page 20 I had already gotten all teary eyed about 5 times. There were times that I tried to talk about the book to my family where I could barely do it because I was getting so emotional. The essay about women sportswriters and women who enjoy sports in general and the vitriol they receive ...more
May 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Gorgeous, nuanced, thoughtful, and inclusive. Stacey takes a relative baseball newbie through the paces, the ups and downs of a bad season, a good season, a great season. There were parts when the hair on the back of my neck actually stood up - when describing the Marlins' emotional win in honour of their dead pitcher, the breathlessness of watching a potential no-no unfold, the Jays' fateful batflip game. I started tearing up while reading Dickey's intro, and the rest of the book did not disapp ...more
Gina Morphy
Sep 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Well, Stacey May Fowles is certainly passionate about baseball. I enjoyed her anecdotes and how she was able to make lessons from the stadium and the game apply to real life. I liked delving into the not-so-talked-about topics as well such as mental health, domestic abuse and doping. Her essays definitely gave me a better insight into baseball as a whole and her love and devotion for the Toronto Blue Jays. Thanks Sam!
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I cried through the first three essays of this book, in all the best ways. So many thoughtful insights on baseball and life. I loved every word and every page. Great for baseball fans and everyone else who's ever been anxious or sad or looking for an unending source of joy in their life. ...more
Aug 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
I truly enjoyed these essays. I took my time reading them. Finally, a woman who can put my love for sports into words. Thank you!
Feb 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully done. A must read for anyone who feels *any* kind of way about sports, baseball and / or the Toronto Blue Jays. This book thrilled me.
Jul 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
A series of essays about my favourite sport. I loved reading Stacey May Fowles’ perspective on the game (especially since we adore the same team!). She looks at the good, bad and ugly of baseball. 💙
Apr 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-books
Baseball is great! As this book will confirm. it brought back some memories and some tears (RIP Fernandez).
Necessary female perspective on watching baseball.
Apr 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, baseball
Baseball can indeed break your heart, but, without fail, it will always find a way to make it whole again.

I am so fond of Stacey May Fowles and her baseball feelings. I feel so magnificent whenever she shares them because she understands, and I am thankful. Baseball fandom as a woman can often be isolating, but her presence shows how things are changing, the tides are turning, and we're always been here. The community is infinitely richer with her around. I hope she never stops writing.
Apr 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was everything I had hoped it would be and more. Captures so many things I love about baseball so very well. My heart was on the pages.
Jul 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book reminded me of the young girl who snuck out of bed in 1992 and 1993 to watch her hero in the World Series. It reminded me of the same girl who still has her Kelly Gruber glove and CIBC Blue Jays posters.
Oct 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
I don't care about baseball, really at all, but Stacey May Fowles's gift is to make her love for the game enchanting, to allow us to see baseball through her eyes. I'm not a convert to the church of baseball, but I am devoted to great writing, and can unabashedly sing the praises of Stacey May Fowles. ...more
May 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: baseball
"There is no real template for loving baseball when you're a girl or a woman, so you have to fumble around a bit to make it your own."

Baseball Life Advice offers a series of essays pertaining to the greatness and complexities of baseball. Some of them offer grand overviews of baseball topics, like pace of play. Others weave together personal reflections, like being a woman in a male-dominated fandom or using baseball as a coping method. Some also offer slices of specific occurrences or stories p
Jun 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
"Baseball can indeed break your heart, but, without fail, it will always find a way to make it whole again."

Let me start off by saying that I rarely read non-fiction. It's not that I don't enjoy reading non-fiction, it's more like I read fiction books to escape, or let my mind wander into the unknown. 

I was given this book by my boyfriend last May. I have been putting off reading it for a long time. "Loving the Game that Saved Me" kind of scared me. I love watching baseball, I even went to Blue
Apr 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Stacey May Fowles captures the soul of baseball in her book. She does this in the form of a series of essays that explain how baseball has improved her life and that of many of her friends and relatives. Being a baseball fan I appreciate her insight into how many of the baseball players think and feel. As Stacey points out, as a fan you tend to think of the players as superhuman and they are there to entertain you. You often put them in a pedestal where they are not allowed to make mistakes or b ...more
Jun 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction, sports, owned
There aren't words that could sufficiently sum up my thoughts of this title... Stacey is a sort of soul sister, at least in my mind. Every emotion a female baseball fan can fathom is touched on in this book.
Baseball truly saved me. It is what brought me back from a suicide attempt, the passion for the sport I inherited from my mother was reignited. My mother introduced me to the sport, and then reinforced the love for baseball when she began sportscasting for a local radio station, covering Syra
May 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017, nonfiction, canlit
New plan: every time someone thinks I'm not a baseball fan, that I'm humoring my husband and that he's dragging me unwillingly to games, I'm going to tell them to read this book. Stacey May Fowles perfectly describes why I love baseball. It's not only about stats and rosters; it's the drama, the emotion, the relationships, the narrative arc of every inning, game and season.

More than that, though, Fowles delves into the more problematic side of the game, where spousal abuse is less shocking than
Luke Gleadall
Dec 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I’m someone who likes baseball, but is never the huge fan that the sport insists. I do love however reading others’ magical writing on the sport and showing their love for it. I imagine there are many books like this, the great American sports writing is built around baseball, but this one hit me hard.

Stacey May Fowles brings a beautiful reading into the many facets of the game and she writes with such charm and majesty that you cannot help but also as feel enchanted and as magic about baseball
Oct 23, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I feel like this book was misrepresented as an overall baseball fan's book when in fact it is a Toronto Blue Jay fan's book - and all about the Blue Jays. The description of the book does not state that it is a Jay's fan book. The book was "meh". There were some interesting stories but the author is an apologist for spoiled brat baseball players like Jose Bautista. Look - I get it, you tend to defend those players who are on "your" team but it is pretty hard to defend such a rotten human being a ...more
I’ve had this book on my to-read shelf, waiting for a good time to give it my proper attention. Spring training games are just beginning, and one of my “18 for 2018” happiness habits is to dive back into baseball after losing heart last year from the last in a series of truly dismal seasons from my favorite team. As a lifelong Cincinnati Reds fan, I could relate to many of the experiences Fowles details in these essays. It’s not easy being a female fan amongst the casual and overt sexism in the ...more
Stephanie Bernier
Great book but definitely the type of book I would have preferred to listen to as an audiobook. Very personal books like this I prefer read to me as I can lose focus easily. Other than that I noticed some points seemed to be repeated often. Aside from that the boom felt very much like it was written from a friend to a friend. Being a Jay's fan I found the book very relatable and relevant as I share similar opinions on the players discussed. Further more I loved hearing the authors opinion about ...more
Jun 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
There are so many great essays in this book, particularly the ones on women and baseball, and how baseball treats minorities of all types. It fails a bit as an essay collection because it is a bit repetitive on those notes, retreading the same ground rather than going deeper than a few pages. I would love to read longer works from Fowles on these subjects.

However, I also understand that she should not HAVE to write about topics like women and baseball, just because she is a woman who likes baseb
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Stacey May Fowles is is an award-winning novelist, journalist, and essayist. She has written for the Globe and Mail, The Walrus, Torontoist, the National Post, Deadspin, Hazlitt, and Vice Sports, among others. Her most recent book, Baseball Life Advice, was published in spring 2017. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.

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