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I have heard so many stories about Babe Ruth and Ty Cobb, I can't tell fact from fiction. Lawrence Ritter and undertaken an extremely long journey to bring you a true record of the early days of baseball.
Packed with stories from legends Goose Goslin, Harry Hooper, Joe Wood, Hank Greenberg, Sam Crawford and others the spirit of baseball past comes to life. Ritter's ability to bring baseball alive is nothing short of spectacular.
Probably the best baseball book I have ever read, The Glory of Their Times, is more than a amazing collection of stories. You'll read about how baseball has transformed from a love of the game to love of money.
Each story has so much packed into it that I found myself re-reading each chapter just to make sure I got everything. I am so very proud that I have had the opportunity to read and review this extraordinary work on baseball. Thank you so very much Lawrence Ritter!
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It goes without saying that baseball is the number one game in American culture. It also goes with out saying that the early days of baseball were rough and players made adjustments as needed.
Lawrence Ritter interviews over 20 of the early days greatest players and bring to life the game we call the national pastime. The 4 cd collection gives you an opportunity to see baseball in its purest form.
You'll hear from Chief Meyers, Rube Marquard, Lefty O'Doul, Sam Crawford just to name a few. You'll listen to the men who played the game tell the story of how baseball was meant to be played.
The cd version brings out stories about Shoeless Joe, Ty Cobb, Rogers Hornsby, Babe Ruth and so many others. The cost of $39.95 is nothing compared to the everlasting memories you'll have. You'll listen to them over and over again!
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am 13. Dezember 1999
After plowing through more than two dozen reviews that say this is the best baseball book ever written, you might be inclined to dismiss those sentiments as the worst example of hype. Don't. You will be the loser for it.
This book is superb for its baseball stories, but it is more than that. The men in its pages talk about what it was like to be young and alive in America at the turn of the century. You don't even have to LIKE baseball to enjoy this book, but it certainly helps.
Jacques Barzun has said that someone who wants to understand America must learn baseball. In the movie "Field of Dreams," James Earl Jones says, the one constant in America has been baseball. To understand what they're talking about, you must buy and read this book. And you'll enjoy yourself while doing so.
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am 2. Dezember 1998
Words alone cannot describe what I have read. Smoky Joe Wood, Rube Marquard, Wahoo Sam Crawford, and many others. We are talking legends of a game gone by. True hero's when a baseball world needed hero's. Many thanks to Lawrence Ritter for capturing moments in time with these baseball legends. I'm sure that they all had a million stories to tell, but I'll settle for just the few that are represented in this book. In today's baseball world of outright sheer greed and selfishness, it was so refreshing to hear stories about baseball's yesterday when times were simpler and the game was just a game. How I miss those days. How I miss those players. Thank you to them for allowing a little boy to dream the dream. Thank you for a memorable look at a simpler time, Lawrence.
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am 3. Juli 2000
The glory of their times is ,simply the greatest baseball compilation ever recorded{Roger angel's books are better,different,in that they are ESSAY'S]Reading and re-reading this book,I wondered what it actually sounded like to record this,to expierence.Well, after purchasing this cD,I know. This is the greatest baseball find I could imagine.the quality of the recordings is uniformly good[some parts are less audible then others].The content is pure joy.How wonderful to HEAR sam Crawford, Lefty O'Doul[were there any finer men to play baseball?]One can only wish that someone had done the same with the great Negro League players ...alas,though that does not detract from this Brilliant recording{s].I would give it 6 10 a pantheon of stars...it is that good
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am 17. November 1998
Words alone cannot describe what I have read. Smoky Joe Wood, Rube Marquard, Wahoo Sam Crawford, and many others. We are talking legends of a game gone by. True hero's when a baseball world needed hero's. Many thanks to Lawrence Ritter for capturing moments in time with these baseball legends. I'm sure that they all had a million stories to tell, but I'll settle for just the few that are represented in this book. In today's baseball world of outright sheer greed and selfishness, it was so refreshing to hear stories about baseball's yesterday when times were simpler and the game was just a game. How I miss those days. How I miss those players. Thank you for a memorable look at a simpler time, Lawrence.
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am 24. August 1998
It doesn't get much better than this. And I've read most of the top books in this field. If you have an interest in Baseball -- and want to read about the sport when it was really a "game" try this book. The book is truly told by the men who played the game in the early 1900's -- as transcribed in oral history fashion -- one chapter devoted to each player. Ritter brings to life players that most of us have always read about (Ruth, Cobb and Walter Johnson) and many more greats from that era -- Harry Hooper, Paul Waner, Rube Marquard, and Goose Goslin. (And yes, the author is my Uncle, but the book is STILL a great one!)
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am 20. Juli 2000
The players interviewed for this book, some 50 years after playing the game, have got wonderful stories all over this book. It is interesting to hear how almost all of them got their break in baseball by playing for a city team, and just happening to get noticed one day when one would just happen to have a good day when the owner of a team was around. You learn more than just about the players interviewed since they tell stories about guys like Christy Mathewson, and even about an deaf mute outfielder that called for the ball by making an odd squeaking sound. Great stuff!
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am 20. März 2000
In the era of John Rocker, Rickey Henderson, Pete Rose, and other "baseball role models", this book is a refreshing look at the men who made the game better than it is today. The book doesn't focus on the usual heroes of the day, but rather those near the heroes--and their stories are fantastic. Take a break from today's headlines on arbitration, strikes, and players missing eight weeks with hangnails and stubbed toes. Read about real men who played for the love of the game and who could look back at it both fondly and objectively.
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am 31. Dezember 1999
I've read this book six times now. Listened to the CD version at least a dozen times. Each time it draws me in, closer and closer to the game that I still love. Although the names and faces of the game have since changed, I cannot help but credit Lawrence Ritter for always rekindling my love for baseball. I smile always and have a warm feeling in my heart when I experience this masterpiece over and over again.
To Lawrence Ritter: Thank you so very much for allowing this little boy to continue to dream his dream.
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