By D. W. St. John
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Whilst Casey Stengel was once named the chief of the Yankees in 1949, baseball wags have been surprised. What had Stengel ever performed? His paintings handling the Brooklyn Dodgers and Boston Braves have been lengthy on character and remarkably brief on luck. They suggestion the Yankees might by no means be capable to compete with the purple Sox or Indians with that broken-down previous guy accountable.
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An enthralling choice of 3 nonfiction baseball books by way of acclaimed author Roger Angell: The summer time video game, 5 Seasons, and *Season Ticket*
The summer time Game
This ebook, initially released in 1972, is a gorgeous selection of Angell’s essays at the significant leagues, masking a span of ten seasons. Angell brilliantly captures the nation’s such a lot cherished recreation during the Nineteen Sixties, spanning either the successful groups and the “horrendous losers,” and together with famed avid gamers Sandy Koufax, Bob Gibson, Brooks Robinson, Frank Robinson, Willie Mays, and extra. With the panache of a professional sportswriter and the power of an avid baseball fan, Angell’s activities journalism is an insightful and compelling examine the good American pastime.
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Truth is dangerous, it’s power. ” Chelsea shrugged helplessly. ” “For a start, read, read everything factual you can get your hands on, no matter what anyone else says or thinks about it. Communist, fascist, liberal, conservative, radical, moderate, progressive read it all, file it away in your mind. Run it all through the filter. Shake it, sift it, and keep an open mind while you do it. Question, suspect—everything! “Subject every source to the test of reason, of logic, and let it stand or fall on its merit.
Frank was first. All went well until the take-down, when he hesitated, scratching his head, ears crimson against white hair. ” On the second try he got it, and O’Connel went down slapping the mat. The circle cheered, and Frank swaggered back to the circle, skinny arms held wide. “Ah, I guess I made you eat some mat all right, huh, Mr. ” O’Connel got up stiffly. ” From her place in the shadows Solange smiled. She liked Frank. One by one they took turns. Chelsea was last. When it came to kick she faltered.
For a start, read, read everything factual you can get your hands on, no matter what anyone else says or thinks about it. Communist, fascist, liberal, conservative, radical, moderate, progressive read it all, file it away in your mind. Run it all through the filter. Shake it, sift it, and keep an open mind while you do it. Question, suspect—everything! “Subject every source to the test of reason, of logic, and let it stand or fall on its merit. Think for yourself— and always, always ask— Why am I being told this?