“Hello World!” are usually the first words emanating from a new technology. Rather than those simple words for this nascent website, I have chosen to review the first baseball book I can remember reading as a child.
A few years back, I was at a baseball card show in Westchester County, NY milling about through some old baseball books when I spotted a bright yellow cover that immediately triggered a tidal wave of memories. Needless to say, I read the book from cover to cover when I got home.
The books tells the classic stories of great achievements in World Series history:
- Three shutouts by Christy Mathewson in the 1905 series
- Walter Johnson finally winning a World Series with the Senators in 1924
- Babe Ruth’s “Called Shot” during the ’32 series
- Don Larsen’s perfect game in ’56, and
- Mazeroski’s game 7 homer defeating the Yanks in the 1960 series.
To a 9-year old kid, these stories and their heroes were beyond memorable. Over 40 years later, this book is hard-wired into my brain.
It turns out that this book was written by Ray Robinson, a great sports writer and author of two wonderful baseball biographies : Iron Horse: Lou Gehrig in His Time and Matty an American Hero: Christy Mathewson of the New York Giants
. This link contains a wonderful interview with Ray Robinson from 2009.
BoB Rating: Triple (Great Kids Book; For me, sentimental value)Ratings Explanation