Roger Angell has been writing about baseball for more than forty years . . . and for my money he's the best there is at it, says novelist Richard Ford in his introduction to Game Time. Angell's famous explorations of the summer game are built on acute observation and joyful participation, conveyed in a prose style as admired and envied as Ted Williams's swing. Angell on Fenway Park in September, on Bob Gibson brooding in retirement, on Tom Seaver in mid-windup, on the abysmal early and recent Mets, on a scout at work in backcountry Kentucky, on Pete Rose and Willie Mays and Pedro Martinez, on the astounding Barry Bonds at Pac Bell Park, and more, carry us through the arc of the season with refreshed understanding and pleasure. This collection represents Angell's best writings, from spring training in 1962 to the explosive World Series of 2002.
ROGER ANGELL joined TheNew Yorker as a fiction editor in 1962. He is the author of seven celebrated baseball books, including Game Time: A Baseball Companion. He lives in New York and Maine.
Steve Kettmann has written for publications including The New York Times, The New Republic, and Salon.com. The author of One Day at Fenway, Steve cowrote the #1 New York Times bestseller Juiced with Jose Canseco.
Richard A. Ford is an electrical experimenter and inventor specializing in turn-of-the-century electrostatic devices. An avid researcher, he developed his own electrostatic generator, which is detailed in the book. Ford also has served as a technical consultant to manufacturers of Wimshurst and Van de Graaff generators. For many years, he has devoted himself to introducing students of all ages to the science and history of electricity. For the past five years, he has worked to develop high voltage equipment for use in high school science fair projects as well as in physics labs and lectures.
PRAISE FOR GAME TIME "Roger Angell has an undiminished sense of wonder about a game in which nothing is predictable except the certainty of surprise.The next best thing to being in the bleachers, in fact, is savoring accounts of the sport by this cheerful, consistently quotable scorekeeper." --THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW "Angell is the best baseball essayist around. His relaxed prose glides across the page with a confident grace that most writers--let alone baseball writers--would kill for."--CHICAGO TRIBUNE
"Angell is the best baseball essayist around....with a confident grace most writers--let alone baseball writers--would kill for." -- (04/06/2003) "The next best thing to being in the bleachers." --The New York Times Book Review (05/25/2003) "They have a certain aged, triple-distilled quality: each one has the internal complexity of a novel." --Time (05/19/2003)