Triumph and Tragedy in Mudville: A Lifelong Passion for Baseball

Triumph and Tragedy in Mudville: A Lifelong Passion for Baseball

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qScientific analysis intersects with flat-out fandom. [Gould] could write, he was funny, and he loved, loved baseball.qa€”Booklist Science meets sport in this vibrant collection of baseball essays by the late evolutionary biologist.Among Stephen Jay Gould's many gifts was his ability to write eloquently about baseball, his great passion. Through the years, the renowned paleontologist published numerous essays on the sport; these have now been collected in a volume alive with the candor and insight that characterized all of Gould's writing. Here are his thoughts on the complexities of childhood streetball and the joys of opening day; tributes to Mickey Mantle, Babe Ruth, and lesser-knowns such as deaf-mute centerfielder qDummyq Hoy; and a frank admission of the contradictions inherent in being a lifelong Yankees fan with Red Sox season tickets. Gould also deftly applies the tools of evolutionary theory to the demise of the .400 hitter, the Abner Doubleday creation myth, and the improbability of Joe DiMaggio's 56-game hitting streak. This book is a delight, an essential addition to Gould's remarkable legacy, and a fitting tribute to his love for the game.But McLean and Ciurczak also counted some controlsa€”high school and grammar school students not headed toward the ... It seems that non-baseball players are not struggling to bat left, and that the exaggerated number of mixed leftiesanbsp;...


Title:Triumph and Tragedy in Mudville: A Lifelong Passion for Baseball
Author: Stephen Jay Gould
Publisher:W. W. Norton & Company - 2010-11-29
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