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Title:
Something to write home about : great baseball memories in letters to a fan
Author:
Swirsky, Seth.
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Crown Publishers, [2003]

©2003
Physical Description:
xiii, 191 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780609608944
Format :
Book

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Something to Write Home Aboutis a riveting collection of personal baseball memories told in handwritten letters to author and pop songwriter Seth Swirsky by the likes of President George W. Bush, Hall of Fame slugger Ernie Banks, Senator Edward Kennedy, Sir Paul McCartney, L.A. Dodgers all-star Shawn Green, Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Seaver, Meet the Press moderator Tim Russert, astronaut Buzz Aldrin, and many other well-known and passionate fans and players of the game. Jump inside this wonderfully original book and read these incredible stories, written by the people who were there as they happened. Filled with more than 170 rare photographs and amazing pieces of historic baseball memorabilia from the author's own collection,Something to Write Home Abouttruly has something for every lover of baseball's unpredictable energy and drama. During the baseball strike of 1994, Seth Swirsky stayed in touch with the game by writing letters to baseball players young and old--the famous and the not-so-famous. Those letters were turned into his first two bestselling books, Baseball Letters (1996) and Every Pitcher Tells a Story (1999). Something to Write Home About, the third in this remarkable trilogy, confirms Swirsky's status as baseball's number one fan and aficionado. Visually stunning, historically compelling, and just plain fun,Something to Write Home Aboutinvites readers to come in, pull up a chair, and spend some time reading these amazing and revealing recollections about baseball and life.


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Publisher's Weekly Review

A noted collector of baseball memorabilia, Swirsky has acquired everything from the ball Babe Ruth hit for his 714th home run to the one Reggie Jackson clobbered for his third homer of the game that decided the 1977 World Series. But his biggest cache consists of letters-most of them written to him-by ballplayers, owners, executives, managers, sportswriters, broadcasters and fans, both famous (both George Bushes and Paul McCartney) and not-so-famous (his dad). This is the author's third compilation of such correspondence (following Baseball Letters and Every Pitcher Tells a Story), and it's the first that shifts the emphasis from the player's perspective to a more varied viewpoint. But what it shares with the other books are the reproductions of mostly handwritten letters, a generous supply of vintage photographs, and an obvious love of the game, as expressed by dozens of different voices. Some letters (photographer Flip Schulke's remembrance of watching Martin Luther King, Jr. show his son how to swing a bat) are more memorable than others (habitual "Impostor" Barry Bremen's account of how he passed as a New York Yankee at the 1979 All-Star game-which, after one paragraph, turns into an anecdote about a similar stunt he pulled an NBA All-Star event). Though the worthy entries outweigh the weak ones, this book is recommended only to its obviously intended reader: the insatiable-and easily entertained-fan of all things baseball. Bb&w photos throughout (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved