Triumph and Tragedy in Mudville

Triumph and Tragedy in Mudville

Stephen Jay Gould


technological know-how meets activity during this shiny choice of baseball essays by means of the overdue evolutionary biologist.Among Stephen Jay Gould's many presents used to be his skill to write down eloquently approximately baseball, his nice ardour. over the years, the popular paleontologist released various essays at the recreation; those have now been accumulated in a quantity alive with the candor and perception that characterised all of Gould's writing. listed below are his recommendations at the complexities of early life streetball and the fun of starting day; tributes to Mickey Mantle, Babe Ruth, and lesser-knowns similar to deaf-mute centerfielder "Dummy" Hoy; and a frank admission of the contradictions inherent in being a lifelong Yankees fan with pink Sox season tickets. Gould additionally deftly applies the instruments of evolutionary idea to the dying of the .400 hitter, the Abner Doubleday construction fantasy, and the improbability of Joe DiMaggio's 56-game hitting streak.

This publication is a satisfaction, a necessary addition to Gould's awesome legacy, and a becoming tribute to his love for the sport.

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