A Great and Glorious Game: Baseball Writings of A. Bartlett Giamatti
With a foreword by David Halberstam. He spoke out against player trading. He banned Pete Rose from baseball for gambling. He even asked sports fans to clean up their acts. Bart Giamatti was baseball's Renaissance man and its commissioner. In A GREAT AND GLORIOUS GAME, a collection of spirited, incisive essays, Giamatti reflects on the meaning of the game. Baseball, for him, was a metaphor for life. He artfully argues that baseball is much more than an American "pastime." "Baseball is about going home," he wrote, "and how hard it is to get there and how driven is our need." And in his powerful 1989 decision to ban Pete Rose from baseball, Giamatti states that no individual is superior to the game itself, just as no individual is superior to our democracy. A GREAT AND GLORIOUS GAME is a thoughtful meditation on baseball, character, and values by one of the most eloquent men in the world of sport.
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A GREAT AND GLORIOUS GAME: Baseball Writings of A. Bartlett GiamattiUser Review - Kirkus
Giamatti died just nine years ago, after having served as commissioner of baseball for only five months. Already, however, a Greek word that appears several times in this slim collection applies to ... Read full review
Giamatti thought more deeply than anyone about the meaning of baseball to the American people.
THE GREEN FIELDS OF THE MIND
TOM SEAVERS FAREWELL
RECALL AS THE SERIES ENDS THE AFTERNOON OF THE FALL
MEN OF BASEBALL LEND AN EAR
BASEBALL AND THE AMERICAN CHARACTER
DECISION IN THE APPEAL OF KEVIN GROSS
CLEAN UP YOUR ACT
BASEBALL AS NARRATIVE
STATEMENT RELEASED TO THE PRESS ON THE PETE ROSE MATTER