April 5, 2009

WHO HAS TO BREAK IT TO HIM THAT IT'S INTELLIGENT DESIGN?:

Let the games begin!: Classic review: The Armchair Book of Baseball (Bruce Allen, Nov. 20, 1985, CS Monitor)

I’ve found The Armchair Book of Baseball edited by John Thorn to be a truly miscellaneous anthology weighted toward the best baseball writing of the past 20 years and determined, as its editor emphasizes, to avoid duplicating the contents of the standard anthology in the field: Charles Einstein’s three-volume “Fireside Book[s] of Baseball” (1956-68).

Mr. Thorn includes 61 prose and verse selections arranged alphabetically by author. There’s a great deal of assorted commentary and humor, not all of it equally interesting. Scientist Stephen Jay Gould explains `”The Extinction of the .400 Hitter” memorably and succinctly (”. . . the boundaries of baseball have been drawn in and its edges smoothed. The game has achieved a grace and precision of execution that has, as one effect, eliminated the extreme achievements of early years”).

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Posted by Orrin Judd at April 5, 2009 7:12 AM
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