Why We Love Baseball: A History in 50 Moments

Dutton. Sept. 2023. 400p. ISBN 9780593472675. $29. SPORTS
The 2012 National Sportswriter of the Year Posnanski (The Secret of Golf) has assembled 50 baseball “moments,” ranked roughly in order of importance or impact, that will help readers better understand the passion that fans, players, and numerous others feel toward the game. Many of the events described in this book will be familiar to baseball fans, but its uniqueness comes in the way it varies and offers odd or unusual perspectives about each legendary occurrence. The book’s accounts are based on countless interviews with individuals, ranging from spectators to those who play or work in the sport professionally. Their perspectives, combined with Posnanski’s comical storytelling ability and heartwarming, delightful writing style, create an entertaining experience and deeper appreciation for the magic of the sport.
VERDICT This work will likely enlighten even the most knowledgeable and die-hard baseball fans. An essential purchase for all libraries.
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