Baseball is a sport that infiltrates your entire life. It comes early in the spring, offering hope to the fans of the down trodden teams, and offering the prospect of repeats for the good ones. It stays through the warm summer months, enduring summer vacations and heat waves and fills our free time with the escape from the every day routine. Finally, it stays until the brink of the pending winter, forcing us to forego the cold and miserable season on our own counting the days until the ritual starts all over. These are just a few of the reasons why baseball plays such a big part in our lives. Always willing to teach the fan something new every year, along with supplying them with countless new memories. But what if there was more than just the game itself? What if it is part of a bigger plan that expands beyond the sport of baseball? What if we as fans had it all wrong, what if it is really more than just a game and a much more vital part of our society than we ever imagined. Today’s book takes a look at how the world has been shaped and influenced by the game of baseball beyond the diamond.
This book really makes you stop and think. The author shows the reader the many ways that the game of baseball has shaped society. From influencing businesses, battlefield leaders, large scale government agendas and military actions around the world. It is proof that baseball has the power to manipulate the world in multiple ways. It can influence , distract, build morale and of course help create some enemies along the way as well.
Scott Rowan takes the reader on a journey mainly over the last few centuries of what baseball has done for our society. How it has played a role in the Civil War, both World Wars, Korea and Vietnam. He shows how world leaders have used the game to distract the masses and push political agendas, a very good example being Cuba. He also shows us how it has created strife in the White House among politicians and their personal feelings about the game. Some generally accepted baseball myths are busted along the way, which were generally accepted as fact at one time. Obviously, Cooperstown is another one of those baseball myths that gets busted in numerous ways.
Rowan does make the reader step back and think about what he is writing about on more than one occasion in this book. Readers can easily see how many of these facts are possible and sometimes the facts are so obvious, this could be why we never really thought about it. It proves how much more there is to the game of baseball and the influence it has on the world. It goes so much deeper than just the game on the field. The book covers big-time world leaders and events. Names such as Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, Hitler, Mussolini, Castro, Nixon, Franklin Roosevelt, The Mexican Revolution, Korea, Japan, China and Nicaragua.
Baseball fans should really check this out. It is fun look that takes a look at baseballs far reaching history beyond the diamond. It is guaranteed to teach every baseball fan some new fact and will definitely make you ask more than once, how was that able to really happen?
You can get this book from the nice folks at Sherpa Multimedia
I have said this in one of my prior posts that I have the utmost respect for Bob Feller. His service to our country, his baseball career and the stand up guy he was, speak volumes about his character. While most of us don’t think much beyond his Hall of Fame career, he really was an incredible personality who was a great ambassador for the game. Feller has been the subject of, or involved in several books throughout his life so my first question upon seeing today’s book is why do we need another one now? One of my very first posts on this site was Bob Feller’s Little Black Baseball Book, and quite honestly I wasn’t all that impressed. So this book had me going into it questioning why it even existed.
I was hoping I was going to find some great insight into life and about baseball from this book that I may have missed in Feller’s Black Book. I thought maybe I was too hard on that book in the review I wrote and perhaps it was me as the reader, that was not connecting with that books message. Well, after reading two of these books, I am confident in saying……I am not the problem here.
Bob Feller’s Little Blue Book of Baseball Wisdom has really given the reader nothing more than the Black Book did. It is background on Feller’s childhood and how he had the greatest childhood ever. Nothing could ever top Feller’s skill or experiences on the field and in his own eyes he has lived a charmed life all of his own doing. At times the book comes off quite pretentious and somewhat overbearing.
I originally wondered why we needed this book, and I am now still wondering why. It is essentially a reworded version of the Black Book and doesn’t give the reader any new information. I realize the publication of the books is the good part of a decade apart, but it to me is essentially an updated volume of the black book. I have trouble recommending anyone who has Bob Feller’s Little Black Book to drop the money to pick up Bob Feller’s Little Blue Book. To me it is really just the same recycled stories and Feller patting himself on the back.
Indians fans who have a strong association with Bob Feller will enjoy it just because the hometown boy wrote a book. Fans in other cities should probably pick either the Blue Book or the Black Book because essentially you are getting the same product in a different color.
You can get this book from the nice folks at Triumph Books