Donald Honig crossed the country to meet and interview former big-league ball players. They shared their memories with him and the result is a book packed with nostalgia, statistics, action, revelations an extraordinary oral history of baseball in the halcyon days beween the two world wars. Babe Ruth, Lefty Grove, Ted Williams, Bob Feller, Dizzy Dean, Jackie Robinson, Lou Gehrig, and many others are brought to life through the recollections of Wes Ferrell, Charlie Gehringer, Elbie Fletcher, Bucky Waters, Billy Herman, Cool Papa Bell, Spud Chandler, Pete Reiser, and a host of others. Those were the days when the grass was real, salaries were modest, Bob Feller was America's most famous 17-year-old, and idealism was in full swing. "Baseball builds your pride," said pitcher Wes Ferrell, who played it in order "to be a better guy.""
Well, I realize that entrepreneurs have been dreaming up ways to hype attendance at sports events ever since the Roman Colosseum was invented. Still the promotion director's shill aroused a Proustian longing for the Good Old Days when one still thought of baseball greatness in terms of the players. And behold, I've found those days brought to life again in "Baseball When the Grass Was Real," a sequel to Lawrence Ritter's "The Glory of Their Times" undertaken by Donald Honig at Mr. Ritter's urging.
|WTGWR Excel scoresheet|
|Description:||This is a scoresheet for use with "When the Grass Was Real." It has custom columns so you can copy over ratings from the player cards (most of the essential ones) and speed up your game play.|
|Category:||Baseball Games / When The Grass Was Real|