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Bases to Bleachers: A Collection of Personal Baseball Stories from the Stands and Beyond

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One day during an afternoon at the ball park, author Eric Gray asked his wife, daughter, and friend to identify their favorite game that they had been to. Little did he know, that simple question would soon take on a life of its own. As the question made its way to a surprising collection of incredibly diverse stories and perspectives. Thus, Bases to Bleachers was born.

Paperback, 337 pages
Published March 2019 by Palmetto Publishing Group
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Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Anyone who has even a passing interest in baseball will have a story or two or ten to tell about the game. From a simple question to his family, Eric C. Gray has taken that question and developed it into a wonderful collection of baseball stories gathered from people across the world in this book.

A vast majority of the stories are a joy to read. Not all, but most – as is the case for any type of collection like this, there will be some stories that readers may not enjoy and that was the case fo
Harold Kasselman
Jun 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Eric Gray's book pays homage to the love of "the one constant through all of the years", the game of baseball. He does so with an anthology of anecdotes from ordinary fans(and some celebrities) about what baseball means to them, and how the game made memories that have lasted from generation to generation. I thought I would take my time and read the book in short passages since you can pick it up anywhere and not lose context. Instead, I could not stop reading it. I finished it in less than thre ...more
Nov 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My friend Eric Gray has written a great, heart-warming book about folks' personal stories, memories, of their experiences with baseball. It is really a human interest book in a baseball jersey; the stories will make you laugh, cry and just remember. I have been a baseball fan almost my whole life and I can remember few pure "baseball stories". Eric's book magically merges great stories to the game of baseball. For example, in one case a son in Chicago's North Side is a Cubs fan; his father is a ...more
Alex Schonfield
Jul 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this book. It is definitely the type of book that I will read over and over again. The best part is that it doesn't matter where I start reading, every chapter and every story is interesting! I am not a baseball fan nor a baseball book reader, but this wonderful book is sooooo much more than a baseball book. It really is a story of people who lives are touched by, in, and around the game. Very rarely has reading a book brought tears to my eyes, but there are several stories in this amazi ...more
Marie Toedtli
Jul 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Whether you are a fan of baseball or you just want to read a great book, this book will not disappoint! Some of the stories are hilarious and some will bring a tear to your eye. You can read a few stories at a time, or sit for a morning/afternoon/evening and read about peoples wonderful experiences and memories that have happened with baseball. Buy this book for yourself or for that baseball fan you know, you will be glad you bought this great book!
Dean Zemel
Nov 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I met the author at a Milwaukee Brewers game, my being a baseball fan from Milwaukee and the author simply being a baseball fan. He asked me, a complete stranger to him, if I had any baseball stories that might be interesting enough to share in a book. I sent him several and one of them is in there. Of course, I'd buy the book, having a story in it, but as I began to read it, I found it to be so much more than a baseball book. It was about people more than baseball, but every story has some conn ...more
greg murray
Nov 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Eric Gray's book, had it been a restaurant, would have gotten the highest Michelin rating. The personal stories touched me, entertained me and made my innards explode with laughter at times. Americans can be proud that this sport, this life long attraction for millions is shared all over the globe. What other sport has fields or any other playing measurements that differ in so many ways. "Green Monsters", monuments on the playing field, bushes in play,etc.etc. are all and more unique characteris ...more
Jim Kulhawy
Nov 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A few month ago I got my hands on this book, and have finished it...for the third time. I had read it immediately upon its arrival, but after finishing it I needed to read it again... this time taking notes, and REALLY immersing myself in it. If you're even a casual baseball fan, you MUST read this book. It's a collection of stories from the fans to the fans, that'll make you smile/laugh, it'll give you a lump in your throat, and it'll make you fall in love with the game all over again. So many ...more
Howard Dubin
Aug 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Hey baseball fans,

It’s been 45 years since the Chevrolet commercial introduced the jingle “Baseball, Hot Dogs, Apple Pie & Chevrolet.” (For those of my generation, try to get that tune out of your mind now.)

As far as I’m concerned, the only noun that survived as being a truly American phenomenon is baseball. There is nothing like going to a ballpark. It’s fun when your team wins, but it’s a magical event win or lose. At least that’s how baseball fans like me feel.

Eric’s love of baseball and,
Aug 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is not just for baseball dorks like me who were as fascinated with the statistics on the back of the baseball card as the picture on the front. The stories in Bases to Bleachers are also for those who know nothing about baseball but are interested nonetheless in the game's quirky characteristics and the eccentric behavior of those who live and breathe what is labeled America's pastime.
From the little leagues to the big leagues, from different areas of the world, all bases are covered
Jennifer Halligan
Feb 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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This book is so much fun although it invoked years from me the entire time. They were of joy, of sorrow and nostalgia. I was never sad, but baseball moments big and small, triumphant & tragic- have always elicited these emotions from me. There are stories about the greatest moments of peoples' lives and in some cases some of the worst but it covers every emotion fans can feel at the while at the yard. Eric does an amazing job of taking these stories and arranging them so that they really do come ...more
George Vrattos
Jan 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful collection of baseball stories, but also personal baseball anecdotes. They are interesting and portray the game as not just hits or walks, but also as life experiences. I really enjoyed the stories and the book took me back in time to my youth. It brought up memories of going to Yankees games with my friends and family, playing baseball in grade school out on Randall's Island and even throwing the ball with my father in Central Park. Having recently lost my father, I was so h ...more
Cheryl Wong-Ng
Dec 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a great book. It has an amazingly wide range of stories around the subject of baseball but yet is not a baseball book in the sense of most which are full of statistics and analyses and specific stories about players and the game. This is more about the human interest and spectator side of the sport. It is a fun and heartwarming look at so many different aspects of the people who have an interest in baseball. I'm looking forward to the second collection that Eric Gray will publish hopeful ...more
Stephen Owen
Mar 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
GREAT BOOK!!! I just finished reading BASES TO BLEACHERS: A COLLECTION OF PERSONAL BASEBALL STORIES FROM THE STANDS AND BEYOND by Eric C. Gray. I don't know how Gray managed to find and assemble this amazing collection. I laughed out loud at the end of many of these stories--in astonishment. Of course, a lot of the stories are hysterically funny. But many are very moving. Or even erotic! Famous old timers. Women playing baseball. Little League. Beating the traffic. Negro Leagues. Family. Love. A ...more
Susan Heim
Dec 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is not your typical baseball book and you don't have to love the sport to appreciate the book. Eric Gray has compiled a diverse array of personal stories from contributors across the globe. The tie that binds them together is the personal connection with baseball - the individual experiences and memories that go beyond runs scored and on-field achievements. Eric received an overwhelming number of stories, and I was lucky enough to have been selected as a contributor. The stories are funny, ...more
Sherri Kent-Roberts
Sep 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This unique collection of stories is not just another book about baseball. It is much more than that! It is written in the words of those whose unique experiences made them fall in love with the game. It’s about attending the first game with a parent. It’s about die-hard Cubs’ fans! It’s about the regrets of leaving a game early and missing out on an awesome ending. Mr. Gray has captured the essence of the game-little league or major league and why we love baseball. Can’t wait for the next book!
Nov 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Baseball is life and love. If you are of that mind, as I am, this is the book for you. It is full of wonderful personal rememberances of games and moments that touched the teller. Why 'just' 4-stars? (I seem to have broked a run of 5s). It does get a bit repetitive. More so in certain parts. The stories of fans meeting players 'Mickey, Can I Have Your Autograph" is one example. Many are 'I was sitting in a diner and realized that next to me was _______.' That and a couple of other spots got a bi ...more
Stephen Raguskus
Mar 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Baseball is the perfect game for telling stories. The pace allows plenty of time to share memories of games past. This book is a collection of stories and feels like you’re sitting in the bleachers, eating peanuts and sipping on a beer, with a bunch of friends. Some of the storytellers are famous, most are just me and you. Every chapter brought to mind stories of my own, great memories with friends and family. I highly recommend this enjoyable book!
Diane Ecker
Nov 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Bases to Bleachers is a great collection of baseball experiences that illustrate so well just how baseball isn't just a game, it's life, connecting fans from across generations and oceans and more! Eric C. Gray does a great job letting the storytellers lead the way, and you, as the reader, are sitting right next to the hopeful Mom of a Little Leaguer, the Dad of a Major Leaguer, a retired umpire, the kid getting to meet his childhood hero years later, and other tales. A very fun read! ...more
Dale Eisman
Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Super Bowl passed the World Series years ago to become America’s premier sporting event, but baseball still captures the hearts of its fans like no other game. In “Bases to Bleachers,” dozens of fans of every age, race, gender, and nationality share their most unforgettable baseball moments. The stories, skillfully compiled by Eric Gray, are a reminder of the joy of watching men play a boys game and in playing it become boys once again.
Charles Fracchia
Nov 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful book. It's not really a baseball book, but a book about life, with baseball as a minor character in it. Some much of our humanity can be found through sports, but also through baseball. it is a mirror of who we are, as people, a reflection of the good and the bad, and our humanity. I cannot recommend this book enough. It is beautiful with all different stories of people in good times, and in bad times. It is who we are. ...more
Nov 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you're a baseball lover, you'll definitely enjoy reading this book! You'll appreciate each and every story as they're very relatable. Some will make you laugh, others cry but and in all, you'll see how others share in this passion with you. My best friend and I both have stories published in it. Can't wait to read it again next season! ...more
Dec 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
You don't have to be a baseball fan to be touched by these many intimate, personal stories that were somehow associated with baseball. It is a beautiful read. ...more
Scott Goldman
Aug 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a treasure ! A must read for those whose hearts and souls are in our American Pastime

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