Covering the Bases: The Most Unforgettable Moments in Baseball in the Words of the Writers and Broadcasters Who Were There

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Take a seat in the bleachers for the 25 most dramatic, legend-making events in baseball history. Covering the Bases is the only collection of sports writing, radio transcripts, and photographs that puts readers right in the ballpark. From Babe Ruth's most famous home run to Jackie Robinson's breaking the color barrier and Cal Ripken's 2,131st game, here are some of the greatest players in their loftiest moments -- as covered by the writers, announcers, and photographers who were there.

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If journalism is history on deadline, then the sports pages and air waves, at their best, function as the abstracts and brief chronicles of a remarkable corner of our times. Baseball, more than any sport, has hoisted the history component of that equation into an art form. Aptly subtitled The Most Unforgettable Moments in Baseball in the Words of the Writers and Broadcasters Who Were There, Covering the Bases recognizes that art form and builds it a museum. Masterpieces abound between its covers: Grantland Rice on Walter Johnson, Paul Gallico on Babe Ruth's called shot, Shirley Povich on Lou Gehrig's farewell, Russ Hodges's call of Bobby Thompson's shot heard 'round the world, Vin Scully's desciption of Sandy Koufax's perfecto (though its classic last line about the K looming larger than the o-u-f-a-x has been bizarrely omitted), and both Jim Murray and Dave Anderson on Reggie Jackson's three home-run performance in the final game of the 1977 World Series. Covering the Bases is a collection that equally rocks the house and soothes the connoisseur's heart.

About the Author:

Benedict Cosgrove is an editor, journalist, and writer who lives in San Francisco.

Ron Rapoport is a nationally syndicated columnist for the LA Daily News, NPR correspondent for Weekend Edition, and editor of A Kind of Grace, a collection of sports writing by women.

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