“a fascinating and compelling story of a tragic hero and the fields on which he lived and played.”
“a smorgasbord of baseball delights . . .”
Alan D. Gaff is, among other things, a prolific military historian with ten well-received books dealing with various military campaigns and subjects.
“The Big Fella is an essential addition to the Babe Ruth canon.
“this book should become a fixture in the library of any baseball player or coach.”
Baseball historians generally agree on the mainstays of the baseball morality tale. They know that Abner Doubleday had nothing to do with the invention of the game.
Picture a league full of pro players, several from the United States and the rest from Canada, the Dominican Republic, Colombia, New Zealand, Japan, Australia, and the Ukraine—all playing on a base
“Better bring your own redemption when you come/To the barricades of Heaven where I’m from . . .”—Jackson Browne
This historically accurate book, a real gift to children, explains the effective and admirable life of Effa Manley, the first important female baseball clubowner.
I only recently learned that my father played second base when he was in Little League; I was, justifiably, cordoned off in left field.