If you were much of a boy growing up in the Maspeth section of Queens in the late 1930s and 1940s, you had the baseball fever. It seemed contagious, but it struck mostly from within. . . . Often, in later years, when I was writing a long series of books on the game, some well-intended philistine would ask to have explained to him the fascination with baseball. I offered my stock answer: 'If you have to ask the question, you'll never understand the answer.' With this small confession Donald Honig begins his charming memoir of a life devoted to the charms of baseball, including the many great figures of the game he has known in the past half-century. Mr. Honig brings to these tales his characteristic intelligence and wit, a passion for the integrity of the game, and a gift for creating memorable images from little-known episodes as well as those never-to-be-forgotten moments in baseball history.
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Donald Honig has written a number of novels but is best known for his books about baseball, including The Image of Their Greatness, Baseball When the Grass Was Real, and 100 Greatest Players. He lives in Cromwell, Connecticut.
He relates some of the best stories behind the interviews he conducted...Baseball fans-and aspiring writers-will find much of value here. Booklist, February 2009