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The Summer Game: Roger Angell on Baseball

Roger Angell

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ISBN 10: 0670681644 / ISBN 13: 9780670681648
Published by Viking, NY, 1972
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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first printing----Beautiful copy---Gift Quality---"Here is baseball in many forms.in bars, in books, in bleachers and the press box: baseball in French (in Montreal) and baseball indoors (in the Astrodome);gentle, back country baseball in the spring in Florida, and thoughtful baseball in the mind in winter."-----and some of its disappointments-------near flawless, bright white jacket with water color sketch of ballplayer----small pressure mark over one word on the back panel of jacket--otherwise perfect with price intact-----signed;." For.,.1 1/4 fans, " With Love, Roger-------flawless text----in mylar dj cover and shipped in carton. Size: 8vo. Bookseller Inventory # 005461

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Title: The Summer Game: Roger Angell on Baseball

Publisher: Viking, NY

Publication Date: 1972

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Signed: Signed by the Author

Edition: First Edition.

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The Summer Game, Roger Angell’s first book on the sport, changed baseball writing forever. Thoughtful, funny, appreciative of the elegance of the game and the passions invested by players and fans, it goes beyond the usual sports reporter’s beat to examine baseball’s complex place in our American psyche.

Between the miseries of the 1962 expansion Mets and a classic 1971 World Series between the Pirates and the Orioles, Angell finds baseball in the 1960s as a game in transition—marked by league expansion, uprooted franchises, the growing hegemony of television, the dominance of pitchers, uneasy relations between players and owners, and mounting competition from other sports for the fans’ dollars.

Willie Mays, Roberto Clemente, Brooks Robinson, Bob Gibson, Sandy Koufax, Carl Yastrzemski, Tom Seaver, Jim Palmer, and Casey Stengel are seen here with fresh clarity and pleasure. Here is California baseball in full flower, the once-mighty Yankees in collapse, baseball in French (in Montreal), indoor baseball (at the Astrodome), and sweet spring baseball (in Florida)—as Angell observes, “Always, it seems, there is something more to be discovered about this game.”

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"Page for page, The Summer Game contains not only the classiest but also the most resourceful baseball writing I have ever read."—New York Times Book Review.

"A decade’s worth of meditations and observations . . . searching for the Higher Game, the cosmology behind each pitch, each swing, each ‘shared joy and ridiculous hope’ of summer’s long adventure."—New York Review of Books.

The Summer Game, Roger Angell’s first book on the sport, changed baseball writing forever. Thoughtful, funny, appreciative of the elegance of the game and the passions invested by players and fans, it goes beyond the usual sports reporter’s beat to examine baseball’s complex place in our American psyche.

Between the miseries of the 1962 expansion Mets and a classic 1971 World Series between the Pirates and the Orioles, Angell finds baseball in the 1960s as a game in transition—marked by league expansion, uprooted franchises, the growing hegemony of television, the dominance of pitchers, uneasy relations between players and owners, and mounting competition from other sports for the fans’ dollars.

Willie Mays, Roberto Clemente, Brooks Robinson, Bob Gibson, Sandy Koufax, Carl Yastrzemski, Tom Seaver, Jim Palmer, and Casey Stengel are seen here with fresh clarity and pleasure. Here is California baseball in full flower, the once-mighty Yankees in collapse, baseball in French (in Montreal), indoor baseball (at the Astrodome), and sweet spring baseball (in Florida)—as Angell observes, "Always, it seems, there is something more to be discovered about this game."

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