Clubbie: A Minor League Baseball Memoir

Univ. of Nebraska. Apr. 2021. 264p. ISBN 9781496224293. $27.95. SPORTS
Raised in rural Minnesota by a father who fueled his passion for baseball, Larson wanted a taste of being a professional ball player. Unable to enter this world on his athletic talent alone, after college he worked for two years as a clubhouse manager for the Aberdeen Ironbirds, a minor league affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles. Larson’s coming-of-age memoir is a brutally raw glimpse of life in minor league baseball: a difficult, unglamorous, yet necessary step for the few who go on to play in the major leagues. The book will appeal to most baseball fans and will satisfy, in part, their desire to become familiar with the game. However, it will also give them a feel for the unpleasant aftertaste many athletes experience in baseball. Larson’s writing is engaging, and reading his stories feels like having a conversation with a longtime friend.
VERDICT This well-written, realistic, and necessary addition to current baseball literature belongs on the shelves of school and public libraries especially, as well as smaller college collections.
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