Backyards to Ballparks: More Personal Baseball Stories from the Stands and Beyond


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Palmetto Publishing
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6.0 X 9.0 X 0.83 inches | 1.19 pounds

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About the Author

Eric Gray is originally from Plainview, New York and got his BA from SUNY New Paltz in 1974. He made his way to San Francisco and his first job with the Department of Labor became his life-long career. His passions are baseball, rock and roll, politics, conversation and most of all, family and friends. His wife, Lynn, daughter Rachel, son David, daughter-in-law Lisa and granddaughter Juliet are all baseball fans.


5.0 out of 5 stars

For the fan who loves ALL sports and has fond memories or attending!

Reviewed in the United States on October 12, 2022

This book is for the ultimate sports fan. Having stories told from the fans perspective at some of sports greatest moments really is unique. No one to my knowledge has ever written a book from the fans perspective and their personal, heart felt moments captured in detail. I love this book, as for me... this is almost like reality TV-esque for me as it is real life (reality TV is no longer real life) but tells great stories and really give you a feel of being there as a sports fan!


Excellent collection of baseball stories

Reviewed in the United States on October 13, 2022

In his second collection of baseball stories from people in all walks of life, Eric Gray has produced another excellent book that will be an enjoyable read for those with at least a passing interest in the game. It isn't often a collection of baseball stories will be from "regular" people instead of those who worked in or played the game, but this one and his first book, "Bases to Bleachers" provide a voice to fans and others who love the game but did not end up making a living from it.

That doesn't mean there are no stories from people in the game - they are included as well. One of my favorites is a pioneering umpire, Perry Barber. She was among the first female umpires in professional baseball and she shares her story in the chapter on umpires. Chapters are broken into various categories of how the storytellers were involved in the game or how if affected them such as special family memories. ...