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Touching all the bases : poems from baseball
Peeler, Tim, 1957-
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Publication Information:
Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, [2000]

Physical Description:
128 pages ; 23 cm
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Includes index.
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PS3566.E276 T68 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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From odes to Josh Wilson and Curt Flood to poems about Denny McLain and the anonymous dancing usher at a minor league game, this is a celebration in poetry of baseball. A bat is a lost artefact in Adirondack, while Writing Baseball Poems in Winter deals explicitly with recovery.

Author Notes

English lecturer, journal editor, essayist and poet, Tim Peeler lives in Hickory, North Carolina. He is a winner of the Jim Harrison Award for his contributions to baseball poetry.

Table of Contents

J. L. Peeler
Prefacep. 11
Prologuep. 13
Curt Floodp. 17
Swing at Every Pitchp. 18
When I First Saw Feller Pitchp. 18
First At-Batp. 19
Whiskey moonp. 19
The Emperor of Baseballp. 20
If Cobb Could See Ozzie's Cardinals, 1985p. 20
Charlie Hustle Is Linking for Youp. 21
Nobody Ever Stolep. 22
Mr. October Came to Catawba Countyp. 23
Baseball Angelp. 24
The Cyclep. 24
When You're About to Shatter a Mythp. 25
An Asterisk as Big as a Ballp. 26
Henry Louisp. 27
Aaronp. 28
Things They Wrotep. 29
Linear Historyp. 30
Suffering Through the Major League Record Booksp. 31
Stories of their broken toysp. 32
Budweiser!p. 32
The Walls of Comiskey Caving (on CNN)p. 33
The Catcher Learns the Motionp. 34
Josh as I Amp. 35
The Babe Ruth Syndromep. 36
Josh, What the Futurep. 36
Josh, in the Islandsp. 37
Josh, You Werep. 37
Josh, the Grey and Cravenp. 38
Josh, the Real Casey?p. 38
Josh, the Lights and Distancesp. 39
It Makes You Scratch Your Headp. 40
Damaged Goodsp. 42
When I Grow Upp. 43
What I Will Try to Knowp. 43
Eisenreichp. 44
Sometimes You've Gotto Change the Namesp. 45
Our Seventh Grade Baseball Coachp. 46
John Wayne-ingp. 47
In Theory Onlyp. 48
Baseball Archeologistsp. 49
Charlie Pitchbackp. 50
Keithp. 51
Rainbow Sluggerp. 52
The Only Thing I Could Rememberp. 53
The Kangaroo Kidp. 54
The Fall I Bet My Lunch Money for a Week on the Cards in the Seriesp. 55
The Thing About Terryp. 56
How Coffey Got His Nervesp. 57
In the Dirty Ball Daylightp. 58
Touching All the Basesp. 59
"My" Brother Paulp. 60
Adirondackp. 61
Yaz at the Hallp. 61
Jim Rice, Viewing the Fenway Wallp. 62
Gaylordp. 63
Fordp. 64
Concepcionp. 65
Staying Off Cokep. 66
Whiskey Fusep. 67
Denny's Talentp. 68
1968p. 68
The Star's Marriage Ages Gracelesslyp. 69
The Star's Marriage Ages Gracelessly II--Buriedp. 69
Dick "66" Stuartp. 70
Baseball 2045p. 71
The Second Slamp. 72
Chicken Billp. 73
Travis Loves His Baseballp. 73
Like Dying at 45 with Promisep. 74
Shuffle the Lineupp. 75
Winter Siegep. 76
God Protects Fools with Curveballsp. 76
Fifth Place Baseball in Septemberp. 77
Where Do You Go, Ralph Garrp. 78
Waiting for the Braves, 1985p. 79
Summer of '85p. 80
Entertainment Tonight at Crockett Parkp. 81
Holding Backp. 82
So I've Got the Classp. 83
Pinch-Hitterp. 84
Paul Weinman Arrivedp. 85
The Real Fans Are in Cincinnatip. 86
Writing Baseball Poems in Winterp. 87
Ten Minute Poemp. 88
John Billy's Storyp. 89
Chewing on Timep. 89
When Dizzyp. 90
Maddogp. 91
The Human Condition, Part Twop. 91
When Wolfe Watched the Dodgersp. 92
Wolfe, Having to Go Homep. 93
The Gracious Fewp. 94
July Ballpark Haikup. 95
Pollen Clogsp. 95
In the Details of the Heatp. 96
Baseball Haikup. 97
Baseball Haiku IIp. 97
Baseball Haiku IIIp. 97
Banksp. 97
Casey's Memoirsp. 98
1969--Casey III Returns Home to Mudville from the Namp. 100
Casey III--Notes from Mudville, Ten Years After Namp. 100
Neikro Summoning Paige, 1987p. 101
Neikro Awaiting the Call and the Hallp. 102
Extreme Is the Wordp. 103
Spikes and Leatherp. 104
That Home Run Feelingp. 105
Running Into LP Frans Stadiump. 106
Sluggers, 1985p. 107
Radio Seasonsp. 108
Atlanta Stadium--View from the Blue Seatsp. 109
The Braves in '98 Contemplate the Age Old Questionp. 110
After Mowing, Watching the First Place Bravesp. 111
Enduring Nicks from the Dead Days of the Bravesp. 111
Defiancep. 112
Stepping in the Bucketp. 113
The Last Game I Pitchedp. 114
My Ten-Year-Old Said He Didn't Want to Play This Yearp. 115
Watching Him Run, 1993p. 116
From You I Get the News of 1998p. 116
Father and Son Talking on a Sunday Afternoonp. 117
Life Is a Long Seasonp. 118
Life Is a Long Season IIp. 119
Eulogy for Cooke Calvin Mullp. 120
When the '49 Series Went Crosstownp. 121
Extra Inningsp. 122
The Rainbow Kid Remembers Little Leaguep. 123
Dancing Geezerp. 124
Index of Titles and First Linesp. 127