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Monday, December 15, 2008

Book Review: Neil Liefer: Ballet In The Dirt: The Golden Age Of Baseball

Neil Liefer: Ballet In The Dirt: The Golden Age Of Baseball (also at taschen.com)
by Gabriel Schechter (Author), Ron Shelton (Author), Eric Kroll (Editor)

Neil Liefer was something of a wünderkind, selling his first sports photographs at age 17, and shortly thereafter selling his photos to Sports Illustrated. You'll see why when you open this impressive compendium of baseball photography from the 1960's and 70's. It doesn't include many of the familiar shots you've come to know by heart; you won't find Carlton Fisk willing his long screamer fair, but you will find this amazing photograph of the Marichal/Roseboro incident...

... as well as the intelligence that Marichal hit Roseboro over the head twice, something I had not previously known (and something that must have seriously weighed in when the league punished Marichal). If you have someone interested in baseball on your gift list, I can't recommend this excellent coffee table book enough. The only weirdness: thanks to the German publisher (Taschen), the captions and many notes are translated into German and French. Well, why?

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