Play Ball

Version: Unabridged
Author: Various Artists
Narrator: Charley Steiner , Hank Aaron , Various Artists
Genres: Sports & Recreation, Baseball
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Published In: March 2004
# of Units: 6 CDs
Length: 7 hours
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Baseball inspires writers like no other American sport. From columns written by sports journalists, to short stories, to memoirs penned by the greats of the game, baseball writing holds a place of its own in modern literature. Play Ball! celebrates this writing, bringing to life the sound of the ball hitting the sweet spot, the roar of the crowd, the thrill of a grand slam and the agony of a strikeout. And most importantly, the pure joy of the game, for whether we're on the field or in the last row of the bleachers, we're all fans.

This collection highlights the poetry, exuberance, and heartbreak of the game that is, in Roger Angell's words, "one of the reasons that summer exists." Classic stories from baseball's earthy beginnings, profiles of icons such as Joe DiMaggio, Carl Erskine, and 'Hammerin' Hank" Aaron, graceful essays on the moment a ballplayer becomes an idol, and humorous accounts of modern baseball's international reach – Play Ball! presents a lively and passionate tribute to America's favorite pastime.

Reviews (3)


Written by Cari Berggren on June 30th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 3/5

I love baseball and my husband loves baseball, but this was just a little much, I would have liked more inside details etc but in short clips and random crap, it's difficult to get a hold on anything.

play ball

Written by Anonymous on May 21st, 2005

  • Book Rating: 2/5

A baseball book written by the New Yorker,,not Sports Illustrated. Not what i expected,,and i like baseball,

didn't like this one bit

Written by Anonymous on November 10th, 2004

  • Book Rating: 1/5

I was done after the first CD... I guess I'm not a big baseball fan