Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Bonus FFB for Wednesday: Baseball Stars of 1957 -- Bruce Jacobs

The eminent George Kelley gave me this nice Lion Book at the World Fantasy Convention, an appropriate venue, since my fantasy when I was a little shaver, one that I shared with millions of others, was to play baseball like Mickey Mantle.  For me it didn't work out, but maybe it did for some of those other kids.  Anyway, reading the essays in this book was a real nostalgic thrill.

Sal "The Barber" Maglie?  He's here, and so is another of my heroes, Stan "The Man" Musial.  Plus there's the thrill of reliving Don Larsen's perfect game in the 1956 World Series.

There are lesser-known stars, too, like Johnny Kucks and Tom Brewer.  These are actually the most fun to read about because I hardly remembered them.  It was nice to recall their moments of fame.

There are lots more, 24 in all, including the top rookies in the National League (Frank Robinson) and the American League (Louis Aparicio).  If you ever run across one of these Baseball Stars books, grab it.  You won't be sorry.


Jeffrey Meyerson said...

Very cool.

That was just when I started following baseball, and yes, Mickey Mantle was my hero too.

George said...

Glad you enjoyed BASEBALL STARS OF 1957! As I mentioned, I find about one LION Book per year and I just found this one a few weeks ago. I knew your bookshelf was the perfect home for this gem!

Cap'n Bob said...

I'd certainly enjoy this one. Mickey was my boyhood hero and I was lucky to be a kid when the Yankees were winning most of the World Series (Serieses?)