Boswell Thomas : Heart of the Order (Penguin Sports Library)

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Baseball's Most Valuable Writer, Thomas Boswell of The Washington Post, hits a grand slam with this classic collection of heartfelt and humorous pieces on our national's pastime. The lineup includes -Heroes, - -Managing (Life), - and -The Flame of Fame, - which capture some of the outstanding players in baseball, from DiMaggio, Weaver, and Ozzie Smith to Rose, Sutton, and Gooden; -Five Octobers, - which shows that baseball is a dynamic game in which any team can rise to the top; and the hilarious and memorable -99 Reasons Why Baseball Is Better Than Football- (Reason 20: Eighty degrees, a cold and a short-sleeve shirt are better than 30 degrees, a hip flask, and six layers of clothes under a blanket). And in -The Heart of the Order, - Boswell showcases those players, past and present, who deserve a spot on the All-Star team for their talent and their -governing passion for excellence.-
Funny, insightful, and moving, The Heart of the Order confirms that when it comes to baseball, Boswell is in a league by himself.
-Boswell is the best all-around writer in America--the literary equivalent of the player who can do it all: run, field, throw, hit, and hit with power.---The San Diego Union

-A wise old catcher once said of baseball, 'It's like a church. Many attend, but few understand.' Boswell's readers understand. Start with his essay '99 Reasons Why Baseball Is Better Than Football.' Boswell is the 100th reason.---George Will

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