Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Spring Brings Opening Day of Major League Baseball

Chicago's Wrigley Field (Image Credit)
The month of March brings the first day of Spring and Opening Day of Major League Baseball (3/31/2014). To baseball fans this is what we wait for all winter long. Our feelings for this season are reflected in my favorite baseball quote “There are only two seasons, Winter and Baseball” ~Bill Veeck



As Spring Training comes to an end and the 2014 baseball season begins, we look forward to seeing our favorite players and teams, and reflect back on past favorites. We will miss the ones who have retired (like Mariano Rivera, the marvelous 'closer' on the pitching staff for the Yankees). If you're like me, you find the lives of these men as fascinating and interesting as their baseball careers have been and might wonder what their stories were.



Luckily for us, there are a wealth of baseball books available, written by and about pitchers, position players, managers and sports announcers which put all the excitement of their careers in baseball on printed pages between the covers! I'm reading one right now about 'retired' St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa. The book (One Last Strike) focuses on just a small section of Tony's career (specifically his final season of 2011 and the magical comeback of a team that refused to give up). Once you get interested in reading about a specific player, you find all sorts of fun 'tidbits' of information. For instance, I bet you didn't know that Tony La Russa became a vegetarian – and why. 



As a baseball fan I'm looking for reviews of baseball books you have read and recommend for all us 'fans' who want to learn more about these 'Boys of Summer'. If you write a review, leave me a link in the comments and I may feature it in an upcoming post.





Books such as "The Science of Hitting" by Ted Williams. Did you know that in 1935, Lovell Haskins Peirce, a physics professor at San Diego State University, had Ted in his physics class where the professor gave a lesson on the physics of hitting a baseball?  Ted Williams went on to become the last hitter to top a .400 batting average in a season.

The Science of Hitting










Now that Spring Training has ended, let's get ready to Play Ball. 

16 comments:

  1. So it seems college is not a waste after all. :-) Enjoyed that hitting tidbit. What an exciting time of year. By this time of the season, I would have already been pitching in the cage for three months. Come March, I was ready to be uncaged and hit the field. I found one of the books on your list at my library. You can count on a review. The book you are reading sounds really good.

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    1. Looking forward to your book review, Diana. I've got about 3 I'm planning to write as soon as I finish Tony La Russa's book. :)

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  2. Ahhh Baseball season! What a wonderful time of the year. Elf, I always enjoy your baseball articles and I will check out your list of books. I have really enjoyed spring training this year...two game to go now! It should be a great season. The Cards should give us a fantastic ride! GO CARDS!

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    1. Glad you've enjoyed the Cardinals Spring Training, Mary Beth. I'm having a blast 're-living' their magical 2011 season through Tony La Russa's play-by-play in his book "One Last Strike". All the excitement of those final weeks in September 2011 and on through the World Series is coming back through this story. Baseball books are the next best thing to Baseball games!

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  3. Although I enjoy baseball, I'm not a major fan of the sport like you are. However, my book arrived yesterday so I'll be ready to play ball with my review linked up with you in a week or so (after my house guest leaves.)

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    1. Look forward to your baseball review for 'children', Ruthi. Who knows, you may become a major fan through books about baseball, at least from a child's point of view. :)

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  4. Though I don't follow Baseball as avidly as you do, your enthusiasm sure does come through this post, and it is something that brings joy to so many:-)

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    1. Thanks, Claudia. I have been a huge baseball fan my whole life.

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  5. I have to agree with Claudia, your enthusiasm for baseball really does shine through in this post. I found myself humming "take me out to the ballgame....." I do have so many wonderful memories associated with baseball and the games.

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    1. I DO get very enthusiastic about baseball, Mouse. It's my favorite subject and the one I'm most passionate about. :-)

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  6. OK, we have the running joke between football and baseball, but summer is for baseball! And I did know that Tony La Russa is vegetarian, but not why. The stories behind the players are fascinating.

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    1. Susan, you can only be a football fan when baseball season is over. LOL. Thanks for your kind comment.

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  7. I have been meaning to check out your baseball info but with games and practice 7 days a week for the 13-yr-old, I never seem to have time. He is looking forward to opening day (and if you don't tell him, so am I). I will make the time to check out the books. Anything baseball is his favorite thing to read.

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    1. Thanks for dropping by, Ann. Always fun to hear from fellow baseball fans.

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  8. Alright! You know Tim is very excited for the season to start! Soon it will be baseball on all televisions since March Madness did not include his alma mater this year, LOL. He went to the Reds Fest in a town near us a few weeks ago and got jazzed for the season. I do believe you and Tim could have a days long conversation about baseball and have a blast doing it!

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    1. I'd love to 'talk baseball' with Tim, Mandee. It's one of my favorite things to do. My son says I relate 'everything' to baseball, no matter what the subject is -- and I do. :)

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