Welcome to the Circus of Baseball: A Story of the Perfect Summer at the Perfect Ballpark at the Perfect Time

Doubleday. Apr. 2023. 272p. ISBN 9780385548403. $29. SPORTS
After finishing college, McGee (The Road to Omaha: Hits, Hopes, and History at the College World Series), whose lifelong dream was to become a sports announcer (and who now cohosts the ESPN Radio show Marty & McGee), interned with the Asheville Tourists, a Minor League Baseball team in North Carolina, for the 1994 season. He tells the story of the internship in this nostalgic memoir. While there, he performed a huge variety of tasks for the team, including handling tickets, manning concession stands, creating promotional materials, establishing good relationships with the local community, and running errands for the administration, especially the owner. When that season ended, he was hired by ESPN as a production assistant. In the nearly 30 years since then, he has risen in ESPN’s ranks to become a senior writer, college football reporter, and five-time Emmy winner. This book is a hilarious yet endearing account of McGee’s experiences during that 1994 season in Asheville. Readers who are baseball fans will enjoy the descriptive, picturesque scenes McGee paints.
VERDICT Will likely appeal to and attract many sports fans and general readers. Highly recommended for public libraries and collections with a sports emphasis.
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