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Triumph and Tragedy in Mudville: A Lifelong Passion for Baseball

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ISBN: 9780393325577    Publisher: WW Norton & Co Year of publishing: 2004     Format:  Paperback No of Pages: 348        
Science meets sport in this vibrant collection of baseball essays by the late evolutionary biologist.Among Stephen Jay Gould's many gifts was his ability to write eloquently about baseball, his great passion....Read more
Science meets sport in this vibrant collection of baseball essays by the late evolutionary biologist.Among Stephen Jay Gould's many gifts was his ability to write eloquently about baseball, his great passion. Through the years, the renowned paleontologist published numerous essays on the sport; these have now been collected in a volume alive with the candor and insight that characterized all of Gould's writing. Here are his thoughts on the complexities of childhood streetball and the joys of opening day; tributes to Mickey Mantle, Babe Ruth, and lesser-knowns such as deaf-mute centerfielder "Dummy" Hoy; and a frank admission of the contradictions inherent in being a lifelong Yankees fan with Red Sox season tickets. Gould also deftly applies the tools of evolutionary theory to the demise of the .400 hitter, the Abner Doubleday creation myth, and the improbability of Joe DiMaggio's 56-game hitting streak. This book is a delight, an essential addition to Gould's remarkable legacy, and a fitting tribute to his love for the game.
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These writings show Gould's wonderful range of thought, devotion to his subject matter, and love of life." "[Gould] rhapsodizes about the passion of intellectuals and boasts about his family's...Read more
These writings show Gould's wonderful range of thought, devotion to his subject matter, and love of life." "[Gould] rhapsodizes about the passion of intellectuals and boasts about his family's 'four generations of baseball rooting." -- Paul Duke "Starred Review. Gould's assessments of baseball players and teams, books about the game, and the sport itself are smart, well-written, and eminently entertaining." "Makes it clear that [Gould] was as avid and knowledgeable about baseball as he was about paleontology." -- Michiko Kakutani "A winning combination of personal memoirs..., essays about players the author admired, scientific inquiries, and book reviews." "A masterpiece...these 35 essays...are about as entertaining and informative as anything you'll read about baseball." -- Dan Smith "A jovial and eloquent fan of the game...[Gould] displays an appreciation for the game that goes beyond bell curves and bar charts." "[Gould's] take on Chuck Knoblauch's throwing problems is a hoot." -- Phil Tatman "Gould is at his best when he uses his critical powers and statistical acumen to challenge speculation." "A treat for any fan." "Terrific...I've got no qualms at all in recommending this one." -- Brad Stribling "Gould wrote as enthusiastically about baseball as he did about evolution...his best...essays on the game are gathered [here]." -- John Curtis "A triple treat from the mind of a passionate fan, an incisive thinker, and a lucid writer." -- Mark E Hayes "[Gould] loves the sport viscerally, and his interests in science and baseball are as parallel and intertwined as DNA's double helix." "Intellectual Windex for what David Wells splattered on us earlier this spring." -- Alan Schwarz "It is the lyrical...pieces in this collection that resonate most powerfully." -- Jonathan Mahler "A masterpiece in its own right." "In this fine collection, Gould...is part scientist, part detective and, of course, all baseball fan." -- Richard A Somma
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