SPORTS & RECREATION

The Wax Pack: On the Open Road in Search of Baseball’s Afterlife

Univ. of Nebraska. Apr. 2020. 280p. ISBN 9781496218742. $27.95. SPORTS
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Imagine buying a pack of baseball cards from the mid-1980s. Each pack has 14 random cards, many of which feature players you do not know. In this fascinating book, Balukjian (Merritt Coll., CA) describes how he tracked down every single player in the pack, an adventure that led him to travel thousands of miles through 30 U.S. states. One by one, the author locates the players, and through this journey readers learn about the extraordinary experiences of athletes such as Rance Mullikins, Steve Yeager, Gary Templeton, and Rick Sutcliffe. While not everyone featured here is a baseball superstar, all of the stories offer captivating tidbits for fans of the sport.
VERDICT Will appeal not only to baseball fans but also to enthusiasts of sports history nostalgic for a bygone era.

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