Many will remember Hall from Ken Burns' Baseball series on PBS. This is a very good collection of the poet & New Hampshire resident's sports writings.
Included are essays on working out with the Pirates in Spring Training, the Literature of Baseball and Baseball Poetry and an excerpt from his outstanding biography of Dock Ellis. Although the essays are a little uneven, Hall's love of the game is apparent on every page & his felicity with language is remarkable. A must read for Baseball fans & anyone appreciative of good writing.
See also:Sports (Baseball)
-PROFILE: Donald Hall’s Amanuensis: The bond between author and assistant is often close. But in Donald Hall’s case, his decades-long relationship with his assistant proved to be a lifeline that extended his writing career. (Wesley McNair August 18, 2020, Paris Review)
Book-related and General Links:
-ENCYCLOPAEDIA BRITANNICA : "hall, donald"
-ESSAY : SUMMER READING; IN MUDVILLE, HOPE SPRINGS ETERNAL: MIGHTY CASEY'S 100TH SEASON (Donald Hall, NY Times Book Review, June 5, 1988)
-ESSAY : The Books Not Read, the Lines Not Written: A Poet Confronts His Mortality (Donald Hall, August 1, 1993, NY Times Book Review)
-ESSAY : CHRISTMAS 1985; A LITERARY QUIZ (AND TO ALL, GOOD LUCK) (Donald Hall, NY Times Book Review, December 8, 1985)
-REVIEW : of ME AND DIMAGGIO A Baseball Fan Goes in Search of His Gods. By Christopher Lehmann-Haupt (Donald Hall, NY Times Book Review)
-REVIEW : of FATHERS PLAYING CATCH WITH SONS: Essays on Sport (Mostly Baseball). By Donald Hall (Bert Atkinson, NY Times Book Review)
-REVIEW : of THE IDEAL BAKERY By Donald Hall (John Casey, NY Times Book Review)
-REVIEW : of Without by Donald Hall (Tom Clark, SF Chronicle)
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