Baseball announcers could almost be considered part of the family. No matter which team is your favorite, you form a special bond with the announcers. With the hours you spend listening to them throughout the course of a season they almost become an integral part of your life. They consistently come into your home night after night and bring you the play by play and interesting antecdotes that both entertain and educate. It is no wonder why this new book has asked the people who have the best seat in the house night after night to reflect on the game we all so dearly love.
The Voices of Baseball covers all the current Major League Baseball teams. Interviews between the author and an announcer from each team gives the reader an inside glimpse of each franchise. With some basic history of the team and its ballpark you get a general feel for that team. By going into greater detail of what makes the team so special to its fans shows how the announcers understand their audiences and what makes them tick. The announcers share their own personal favorite moments and how each of their own ballparks have effected games played there.
These people by trade are great storytellers, and this book allows them to do what they are best at. Each team has a unique story to share and the fans benefit most from their storytelling. As with any game they work, they are able to explain events in a way that even though the fans are not there, they feel like they were. To me that is the sign of a great announcer, being able to paint a picture in a listeners mind. It is what sets apart the good ones from the great ones.
Baseball fans should enjoy this one as it gives a nice feel of other teams besides your own. It also gives a team by team picture of what we all find so great about the game of baseball.
You can get this book from the nice folks at Rowman & Littlefield
Baseball history is filled with thousands of personalities, and with those people come tons of stories. Some are unique, some are interesting, while others are not and then there are some that are so bizarre and unbelievable you wonder how they can even be true. I always find enjoyable the books that can compile the interesting stories of baseballs bygone players. Today’s book is taking a look at some of the odd-ball stories that make travelling through baseball history a unique journey.
Michael Lynch has taken readers on a journey through the not so well-known baseball roster. He takes a look at some obscure players that have had interesting facts surrounding their careers or lives. These facts may be some on the field experience that made them stand out or it may be some bizarre circumstances that ended their life that still shrouds them in mystery to this day. Perhaps you are more interested in players who flat-out wasted their talent or one-hit wonders, because this book packs a little punch for everybody.
This book is a very quick read and does not dwell on any one person for very long. It gives you the facts surrounding their unique circumstance and moves to the next person. It does leave the reader wondering why some things happen the way they did, but unfortunately you may never get the answer to some of those questions.
The author has done a great job of creating a fun and enjoyable book. It does go by fast as your reading but does come across as light and fun, and for me created a lot of questions. It made me wonder what other factors played into the end results of each player. It also introduced me to some new names I was not familiar with before reading this, so it was educational as well.
Baseball fans should check this out, you will find it fun and a nice change of pace from the 800 plus page player biographies I have been running across lately.
You can get this book from the nice folks at Summer Game Books