This deeply personal account is a survey of the limitations and discoveries of great age, with abundant life, poignant loss, jokes, retrieved moments, and fresh love, set down in surprising and moving fashion. Angell’s fluid and eloquent writing makes him an amiable company on the page. Whether it’s a 4th of July in rural Maine; a beloved British author at work; Derek Jeter’s departure; the final game of the 2014 World Series; an all-dog opera; editorial exchanges with John Updike; or a letter to a son, what links the pieces is the author’s attentive intelligence and humor, this utter avoidance of self pity, and his appreciation of friends and colleagues encountered over the course of a full and generous life.
For the ardent baseball fan, what sets the sport apart - what makes it "the perfect game" --- are the treasured memories it evokes of a time gone by. This nostalgic visual history celebrates more than 150 years of baseball's --- and America's --- past. Beginning in the 1840s and continuing through to the end of the 20th century, the book captures in portraits, watercolours, carvings, painted signs, lithographs and a wide variety of everyday objects reminders of baseball the way it used to be.