Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Book review time!

    I recently had the opportunity to review a couple of the forthcoming baseball books. The first of which is Baseball History for Kids: America at Bat from 1900 to Today, with 21 Activities by Richard Panchyk. It was very good, and don't be fooled by the title. There is more in the book for baseball fans of all ages.
     He covers the history of the game, through it's distinctive eras, and it is loaded with many 'How about that” tidbits. There a a few great stories, some you've already heard, but many more I'll bet you hadn't.
     Interspersed throughout the book are baseball experiments, for lack of a better term, for the younger readers to try out. Things like throwing a palm ball, figuring out batting averages, writing a baseball themed poem, or cooking up a batch of Cracker jacks.
     It was a fun read, and I definitely recommend it.

     The second book is When Shea Was Home: The Story of the 1975 Mets, Yankees, Giants, and Jets by Brett Topel. It covers the wacky circumstances behind the 1975 season, when Shea Stadium was home to the Mets, Yankees, Jets and Giants. All of the challenges faced by Pete Flynn, the Mets' head groundskeeper and his staff, as well as the four professional teams crammed into one shared space.
     He has interviews with several key players from the four teams, along with some of the reporters that covered the games. From the cannon blowing apart the centerfield wall, to Elliott Maddox and his knee injury to the awesome Oldtimer's Game featuring Wille, Mickey, the Duke and Joe D., it is almost a must read for any New York sports fan over a certain age, and a fun insightful read for everyone else.

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