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A Drive into the Gap von Kevin Guilfoile
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A Drive into the Gap (2012. Auflage)

von Kevin Guilfoile (Autor), Jim Coudal (Herausgeber)

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From the Yankees of Mantle and Maris in the 1960s to the Pirates of Clemente and Stargell in the 1970s and then on to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, "A Drive Into the Gap" tells a tale about fathers and sons, and an investigation into one of the most important piece of memorabilia in baseball history "A Drive Into the Gap" reminds us that in life as in baseball, memories are fragile. Thankfully for all of us who love the game, its stories live forever.… (mehr)
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Titel:A Drive into the Gap
Autoren:Kevin Guilfoile (Autor)
Weitere Autoren:Jim Coudal (Herausgeber)
Info:Field Notes Brand Books (2012), Edition: 1, 71 pages
Sammlungen:Deine Bibliothek
Bewertung:****
Tags:baseball

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Short (‘tis the season!) book that has one of my very favorite themes—the way memory and stories can contradict one another but somehow still make sense—the one here is baseball-related (Clemente) and family-related. Two more of my favorites! ( )
  giovannaz63 | Jan 18, 2021 |
A good baseball yarn, intercutting contemplations of his father, a founder of the Baseball Hall of Fame now declining into dementia, with the story of Roberto Clemente's 3000th hit and the bat he used. Or was that the bat he used? Fact and memory blur, and it would be a shame to spoil the ending… ( )
  pieterpad | Jan 18, 2020 |
This book, a short one about the duration of long-term memory, centers on the relationship between the author and his father, a one-time executive at the Baseball Hall of Fame museum, also a late-stage Alzheimer’s patient.

There's a memorable story in chapter 5. It's a throw-away account of a practical joke that Jerry Ruess, who worked for the L.A. Dodgers, once played on Tommy Lasorda, the team’s general manager. Here’s what Ruess did. He took a game ball and wrote a message to Frank Pulli, the home plate umpire. The message said, “Frank -- Hope you’re enjoying the game, Tommy Lasorda.” Jerry gave the ball to the pitcher. The pitcher noticed the message on the ball and thought to himself, Strange that the team’s manager is sending messages to umpires on game balls. And then he threw the pitch anyway, which fouled into the stands.

After the game, the pitcher told Tommy Lasorda that he thought the message he’d sent Frank Pulli was pretty funny. Lasorda scratched his head. Later that night, Lasorda’s wife, Jo, asked him about the autographed ball. Now Lasorda was really confused. Jo said that the fan who caught the foul ball was amazed to find that the ball had already been signed by the general manager.
Even more amazing, the fan, whose name was Frank, was impressed that Lasorda had somehow singled him out of the crowd and inscribed the ball just for him.

We don’t know what happened to foul-ball-catching Frank of the ballpark stands, but I imagine that Moses himself can’t have felt much different on the day that a decorative shrubbery on Sinai burst into flame and called him by name, twice: Moses, Moses.

Wouldn’t it be funny if the real story about the bush on Sinai was that some desert denizen had meant to play a trick on one of his friends, some guy named Moses Abobay or something, but the wrong Moses had come along? And then that wrong Moses had gone and freed the Israelites from slavery, parted the Red Sea, and led them to the promised land. All because of a practical joke.

Blasphemy, you may say, but then I’ll tell you that the difference between the cosmic and comic is only a single sibilant -- the soft hiss of air leaking from a bicycle tire, molecules of air streaming single-file out of our skull’s inner-tube.

And then the tire goes flat and playtime is over. ( )
  evamat72 | Mar 31, 2016 |
Great read and quick. Filled a jet lagged night in India very well, thank you. ( )
  damcg63 | Mar 18, 2014 |
This baseball bat mystery is incredible. A must read for ANY nostalgic baseball kid/dad. I LOVED EVERY PAGE. A great story about many outstanding people, and several really brave dads.
  miamiman | Mar 6, 2013 |
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"Memory takes a lot of poetic license. It omits some details; others are exaggerated, according to the emotional value of the articles it touches, for memory is seated predominantly in the heart." - Tennessee Williams, The Glass Menagerie
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From the Yankees of Mantle and Maris in the 1960s to the Pirates of Clemente and Stargell in the 1970s and then on to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, "A Drive Into the Gap" tells a tale about fathers and sons, and an investigation into one of the most important piece of memorabilia in baseball history "A Drive Into the Gap" reminds us that in life as in baseball, memories are fragile. Thankfully for all of us who love the game, its stories live forever.

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