Jim Bouton

Jim Bouton

The extraordinary thing about Jim Bouton for me was not the influence he had on me as baseball fan, writer and indeed human being, but that he had a similar effect on so many other baseball fans with whom I have become good friends. The single most important indicator of whether or not I will really connect with another baseball person is whether they have read and appreciated Bouton’s seminal book Ball Four. My sons are now young men, but when they were boys of about 12 years old, I did not make them read Ball Four. However, I did make it clear that if they wanted to continue to be fed and housed, they should read the book. They did and they loved it too.

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Book Review-The New York Yankees in Popular Culture

Book Review-The New York Yankees in Popular Culture

The New York Yankees in Popular Cultureis, in many respects, what a baseball book should be. It is fun to read while at the same time teaching even a longtime baseball reader and writer like me a few new things about the game’s history. It reminds voters of some of baseball’s great moments, from Lou Gehrig’s famous farewell speech to Reggie Jackson being showered with Reggie bars at Yankee stadium on Opening Day of 1978, while presenting this history from new and compelling perspectives. Great baseball books also spark discussion and Krell’s volume will do that as well. Fans of other teams might think about the relationship of their team to popular culture, while Yankee fans might think about questions and topics that Krell could not fit into what already feels like pretty widely encompassing survey of the Yankees and the culture. Baseball fans are busy this time of year, but if you are looking for some good reading, maybe over the All Star break, take a look at The New York Yankees in Popular Culture. 

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