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Spring Training Hardcover – 1 Mar 1989

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Harpercollins (Mar. 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060160594
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060160593
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 2.8 x 28.2 cm

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A song of baseball's sweetest season. - Boston Globe; ""Will take you to the endangered soul of baseball."" - George Vecsey, New York Times; ""Written with the same grace and intelligence Willie Mays brought to the game."" - Booklist -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Paperback.

About the Author

William Zinsser started his career with the New York Herald Tribune and has been a freelance writer since 1959. A teacher and former general editor of the Book-of-the-Month Club, he is the author of sixteen books, including the classic On Writing Well. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Paperback.

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HASH(0x8bdc93e4) out of 5 stars A lightweight but charming look at spring training 6 Mar. 2001
By Cecilia Tan - Published on
Format: Hardcover
In 1987, the author made a trip to spring training to find out if all the myths about charming little towns and ballplayers everywhere were true. In Bradenton with the Pittsburgh Pirates, they were. Zinnser interviews players (Barry Bonds, Bobby Bonilla), coaches, umpires, and Edd Roush, the "oldest living hall of famer" with a fan's enthusiasm for everything about the game. It would be an especially fun book for a Pirate's fan, but any lover of the game can imagine him or herself asking the same questions the author does, as he ambles from scouts to pitching coaches to the boosters who rent the seat cushions in homey old McKechnie Park.
By the way, I review this and pretty much all baseball books I read at my enthusiast's web site "Why I Like Baseball" at [...]
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HASH(0x8bdc9438) out of 5 stars For players and writers, spring training is about teaching and lesson reviews 18 Aug. 2010
By Larry Edsall - Published on
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Chances are, if you've taken a college course in writing or journalism, you've read William Zinsser's "On Writing Well." In "Spring Training," Zinsser doesn't tell us how to write well, he shows us.
Early in the book, he compares baseball and writing. "Very few sentences come out right the first time," he writes. "Even the best writers are initially .300 hitters, struggling every day against heavy odds to say what they want to say."
But Zinsser doesn't struggle. He says what he wants to say, as expected, in wonderfully clear and simple English.
Chapter 15 of the book, "Calling on Edd Roush," is Zinsser's account of visiting the oldest surviving member of the baseball Hall of Fame. It's so wonderfully composed it should be in the profile-writing Hall of Fame!
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HASH(0x8bdc9714) out of 5 stars Dreaming and Remembering 7 Mar. 2007
By J. Schindler - Published on
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After reading "Spring Training," I could not remember the last time I smiled more while reading. Zinsser captures the true essence of baseball's idyllic past, a past rife with the smell of grass and dirt and hot dogs and worn leather. As Zinsser explores the Pirates' spring training, he prophesies about modernity and its effects on the game, especially on the loss of the wonder of baseball and its heroes, and lovingly explains the greatness of baseball without air conditioning. This book calmly and cheerfully reminisces about the height of American joy expressed in the cheers of the spring training crowd waiting with new gloves and full hearts.
HASH(0x8bdc9c3c) out of 5 stars Zinsser's work contiues to Shine! 5 Jun. 2015
By Rev. Ron Hooker (Yale Graduate) - Published on
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Zinsser was an old friend from our time at Yale. A real Great guy and
a very interesting book { written by a genius! }
HASH(0x8bdc94f8) out of 5 stars Thoroughly Enjoyed! 27 Oct. 2015
By A. Morgenstern - Published on
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I'm not a sports fan but I am a Zinsser fan and this beautifully written book did not disappoint.
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