Before there was Ball Four, there was The Long Season, and Jim Brosnan.
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I've never read The Long Season. I read Ball Four and a LOT of other baseball books but I've always thought that given its age it might not appeal to me since it will seem tame. Is it still worth picking up?
Is it still worth picking up?
The article noted a copy of The Long Season that morphed into Pennant Race. The only copy of the latter I've ever seen ended abruptly on (I think) August 2 - wonder if the two messy editions are related.
I also liked Pennant Race even more than The Long Season, but the main thing I recall about that SI article was the photo of Brosnan lying on the mound grabbing his crotch, after he'd had his cup broken with a line drive. IIRC he wrote about it with fairly good humor.
Has anyone ever read Pat Jordan's "A False Spring"? It was another book which I found similar to those mentioned and I thoroughly enjoyed.
There's a small family of writers that Brosnan generated: himself, Jim Bouton, Pat Jordan, Steve Fireovid, Dirk Hayhurst. Am I missing any?
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