The Baseball Chronicles brings together the most colorful and talented players of the game with some of the best articles, essays, and profiles by such major league writers as Roger Kahn, Ring Lardner, Stephen Jay Gould, Red Smith, and George Vecsey. Most of the pieces have never before appeared in book form and one of them, a speech from Bart Giamatti, appears in print for the first time in this volume.
Here, then, are the heroes, the great games, the unforgettable feats. In a book that "exceeds customary reality," as Mark Harris puts it in his introduction, here are the "few men of baseball [who] could hardly have been exceeded in their own imaginations." Here is a magical look at the game that has become an American institution, a game that reflects "our character and our culture," according to the late Bart Giamatti, and in which "we can still find, if we wish to, a moment called a game when those best hopes, those memories for the future have life, when each of us, those who are in and those out, has a chance to gather, in a green place around home."
A knowing and loving look at the game, this book makes great moments from the past come alive again for the contemporary fan.