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One Day at Fenway: A Day in the Life of Baseball in America

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  235 ratings  ·  23 reviews
Now in paperback—a cross between A Day in the Life and Moneyball—comes the inside, intertwining stories of famous, and not-so-famous people as their lives are affected by one day of baseball: August 30, 2003, Red Sox-Yankees at Fenway, during their most famous season ever.

Fenway Park, Saturday, 8/30/03: Yankees versus Red Sox. Not just a special day in a historic rivalry b
Paperback, 320 pages
Published August 2nd 2005 by Atria Books (first published August 2nd 2004)
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Doreen Petersen
Oct 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sports
Great book to read if you're a baseball fan.
Feb 05, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: baseball fans, sports fans,
Recommended to Jonathan by: The bargin bin at Borders
Shelves: non-fiction
Baseball. The mythic American pastime. Is it still relevant? Is it still the American pastime, in this age of football?

I'd say no. Baseball is dying. For me, it died a lot when the players canceled a season over money, and the rest of it died when my beloved San Francisco Giants sold their past few seasons away in exchange for the merchandise and publicity that a steroid stuffed monster can bring.

However, this book is a great ode to what is good about the game, the way that it brings families
May 30, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: baseball-nf
Written in late 2003, this book details much of what happened around one game in late August of that year between the Red Sox and Yankees. Many big personalities from both teams are involved, along with a few outsiders (e.g. Spike Lee and Bob Adair). While enjoyable to read, it is not without flaws.

The first half introduces many of those personalities and covers what they do between the previous night game (a Sox win) and this one. The second half of the book is an inning-by-inning breakdown of
Brent Soderstrum
Jan 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Kettmann takes us to August 30, 2003 at Fenway Park in Boston. Yankees v. Red Sox in the second game of a three game series on a Saturday. Andy Petitte pitching for the Yankees against Pedro Martinez for the Res Sox. Joe Torre v. Grady Little. You get views on that day from the owners, general managers, managers, players, groundskeepers, scoreboard keepers and fans both famous, and not so famous. You get the feelings of what it is like to watch a game at Fenway with great insight from all those ...more
Nov 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: baseball
Just good fun!!! A lot of great stories all centered on one baseball game. If you watch "Fever Pitch", check out the book our star is reading!!! Again, good fun!!!
Jill Riveroll
Apr 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: baseball
I am parent of two boys. And, I am also a teacher who understands that reading aloud to our young men today is critical to aiding in the development of their brains. Studies show that boys in particular need to hear the spoken read (in other words be read to) until they are 12-14 years of age. In this day and age, other than the classics (which still hold up by the way) its difficult to find books to read to boys that don't involve mythical creatures, sword and laser fighting, and languages that ...more
Apr 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: baseball
This book offers a view of baseball from the perspective from various types of baseball fans and those taking part. Some of the parts in here that I like to mention to people in recommending this book are the scene where former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell, a big Red Sox fan, drives in circles in the parking lot at Logan Airport, just before boarding a flight to Ireland, so he can listen to another out or two in that day's Sox-Yanks games, and also the scene where two fans get married ...more
Mar 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing
"One Day at Fenway" is a well-written book that any baseball fan, especially a Red Sox or Yankee fan would enjoy. As a proud member of Red Sox Nation & a true New Englander, I highly enjoyed Mr Kettmann's book & felt that he conveyed the loyalty of the *true* Red Sox fans who stick by their team through not only the good but also the bad, he also did a great job at portraying the strong Yankee/Sox rivalry. I had a hard time putting the book down & read the book within a few days.
Mar 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: baseball, sports
There are so many good baseball books out there, it's hard to know which one to pick, but this book is like a time capsule: A look back on what it was like when Sox fans were still unique in having had to wait so, so many years to win a World Series and end the curse. Does anyone even talk about the curse any more?
Rob Rausch
Jun 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: baseball
Great look at all aspects of a ballgame from many different perspectives. Its perhaps a little dated now, but still a great read - even though the wrong team won at the end of it...
Nancy Kettmann
Dec 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: baseball
Really enjoyed this book. As a longtime baseball fan I learned much more about a game than what I see. This a unique concept for a book and a great read
Dec 30, 2007 rated it really liked it
Red Sox/Yankees showdown set in 2003. Enjoyable read for baseball fans of this great rivalry.
Rob Masse
Feb 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In a century old rivalry there are era's that are unforgettable. For my generation of Red Sox fans no era was more memorable than the three seasons between 2002-2004. A new ownership group, questions about the survival of Fenway Park, bidding wars between Boston and New York and two words...Game seven.

Steve Kettmann's book One Day At Fenway chronicles and captures the raw emotion of this rivalry. Cataloging the events of August 30, 2003, game 2 of a 3 game series in Boston, through multiple eyes
Nov 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: baseball, non-fiction
[John Henry] was looking around the ballpark, taking in the details. He spotted Jason Varitek in the on-deck circle, getting himself ready, and then noticed a small bird that had hopped over and was standing in the on-deck circle with him. “See the bird?” he asked, smiling shyly.

Time only worked right when it had somewhere to go. Ideally, the future got to be the future and the past knew its place. But to any New England baseball fan, which was to say, just about anyone in New England, the past
Mar 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a great book for a particular group of people. If you are a baseball fan, if you are a Red Sox or Yankees fan, more importantly if you were a fan in the heyday of the rivalry 1999 - 2005, than this is a fun read. Kettmann follows a diverse group of people through one day they watch the Yankees play the Red Sox on August 30, 2003. The viewpoint shifts from players to fans to general managers and owners. The fans range from the famous, like Spike Lee and George Mitchell, to the fiancee pla ...more
Douglas Graney
Jul 15, 2010 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this Red Sox perspective book. Kettmann's gets in the heads of various players, managers and front office people regarding the 8/30/03 Sox-Yanks game. He has brief bios of some of them but does not use those bios as a way to take up space; he stays with the story.

One complaint is that it's really not one day at Fenway. He says next to nothing about ushers, vendors and things like what's it's like to feed 34,000 people hot dogs, etc., on a daily basis. I've seen a few coffee table phot
Jul 01, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
This is a fun read chronicling the Aug. 30, 2003 Red Sox/Yankees game at Fenway. The book is a quick, light read that makes a prefect gift for any baseball fan (particularly a Red Sox fan!) There are a lot of characters to wrap your head around in the beginning especially if you aren't familiar with all the CEOs, managers, owners, etc., but the cast of characters helps. Overall a light, fun read that I would recommend for baseball fans.
Jan 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sports
While it is a story about a Sawx/Yanks game, it should be a must read for any baseball fan. A great book that shows the experience of several different people (Owners, players, managers, and fans) before/during/after a game. There are a lot of similarities between this and "Three Nights in August;" Although that is told from the managers perspective.
Ash Day
Jan 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed the first half of this book a lot. The buildup to the game was great, but as much as I love baseball, once the book got into the play-by-play of each inning, it lost some of it's magic. Kettman narrates the game very well, but the first half talking about the people and why they were going to Fenway was just more interesting. Good read overall though.
Sep 20, 2007 rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction, sports, 2006
Great premise - the story of one day at Fenway Park (as the title suggests), following everyone involved, from the players and managers to the press and fans and including the guys who run the scoreboard. Unfortunately, the actual book did not hold up to this, and ended up being pretty boring. Shame.
Oct 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This took me nearly five years to complete because it was my summertime, front porch book. Great concept, well written - a great deal of fun, especially knowing what happened one year after the book was written - 2004 World Champions!!!!!
Jun 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: baseball
A book about a day at a baseball game ... It shows what baseball really is much more than a game , it's part of someone's life and American life
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Steve Kettmann is the author most recently of "Baseball Maverick: How Sandy Alderson Revolutionized Baseball and Revived the Mets," out in paperback in late 2015 (Grove Atlantic). He is Publisher of Wellstone Books, a small, independent publisher focusing on personal writing that is not afraid to inspire. A former staff reporter for New York Newsday and the San Francisco Chronicle, Steve has repor ...more