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Home Field

Fun, heartfelt baseball memoirs by nine great writers

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This is a, not surprisingly, somewhat uneven collection of baseball memoirs by writers from the Pacific Northwest. Indeed, the chief attraction is the new perspective they bring to the national pastime, writing about which is dominated by followers of the Boston, Chicago and New York (or former New York) teams.

The entire book is available online (see above) so you can judge the pieces for yourself. I particularly liked the editor's own entry, about his father and memories of Jim Bunning, onetime prospect Larry Colton's piece on a current prospect, and, most of all, Bryan Di Salvatore's insanely detailed history of his Missoula men's league softball team, which includes a veiled reference to a team mate who must be the great James Crumley.


Grade: (B)


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Sports (Baseball)
John Marshall Links:

    -GOOGLE BOOK: Home Field: 9 Writers at Bat
    -ONLINE TEXT: Home Field: Nine Writers at Bat edited by John Douglas Marshall (Libertary)
    -ESSAY: Can't Miss Prospects (Larry Colton)
    -ESSAY: Team Photo (Bryan Di Salvatore)
    -ESSAY: Baseball Generations (John Douglas Marshall)
    -ARCHIVES: John Douglas Marshall (Daily Beast)
    -REVIEW: of Home Field (Educated Quest)
    -REVIEW: of Reconciliation Road by John Douglas Marshall (Kirkus)
    -REVIEW: of PLACE OF LEARNING, PLACE OF DREAMS by John Douglas Marshall (Ann Robinson, The Oregonian)

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