My Life as a Fan: A Memoir

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Simon and Schuster, Jan 29, 2001 - Biography & Autobiography - 224 pages
Wilfrid Sheed arrived in this country as an English kid worried about his house being bombed and his country being invaded. Yet within a year he had become a typical 10-year-old baseball nut, with nothing worse on his mind than Bronx Bombers and Enos Slaughters and Bean-ball wars. Only in America - that year, anyway. His personal Ellis Islands were the ballparks of the 1940s, especially Shibe Park in Philadelphia, Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, and any surface anywhere on which kids his age were trying to get a game together - and he has left his heart in all of them.
 

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MY LIFE AS A FAN

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The prolific Sheed (Baseball and Lesser Sports, 1991, and many others) on his childhood love of baseball, pitched with typical Sheedian wit and warmth. As a kid, Sheed had the baseball bug bad. This ... Read full review

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The English-born Sheed has a well-deserved reputation as a wry novelist and essayist of the highest caliber. Here, he studies the stranglehold the world of sport can exert upon a fan. Although ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
7
The View from the Attic
16
Grandstands and Radios
36
Pain in Toyland
63
The Year of the Cardinals
82
Winter Baseball
104
The Pits
122
No More War No More Baseball
148
Peace
159
In Which the Author Comes Perilously Close to Growing Up
175
After Many a Summer Dies the Dodger Fan
193
Born Again
216
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