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Paperback, Digital Details
  • October 2, 2013
  • 978-0989547208
  • 266 pages
  • $17.99
Rally Caps, Rain Delays and Racing Sausages

Adult; Other Nonfiction; (Market)

A fervent baseball fan since the age of ten, Eric Kabakoff visited the home park of every major league baseball team to see up close how each team tries to stir up the passions of its fans. In the years between his first-ever ballgame in Philadelphia and the last of his quest in Tampa, he had seen baseball in four different decades: from the 26-team 1980’s to the current 30 teams of the 2010’s. He did the Tomahawk Chop in Atlanta, cursed out the Rally Monkey in Anaheim, and gave the controversial Barry Bonds a standing ovation in San Francisco. He absorbed Dodger Dogs, Philadelphia Cheesesteaks and Kansas City Barbeque. Eric was able to see everything up close…from the stadiums and local culture to food and team histories. From Rally Caps in Detroit to Rain Delays in Miami to Racing Sausages in Milwaukee, every major-league team adds something different to the collection of statistics and memories that we call the National Pastime.
Reviews
A baseball devotee since childhood, first-time author Kabakoff dissects the soul of our national pastime, going beyond Detroit’s rally caps, Miami’s rain delays, and Milwaukee’s racing sausages to decipher the chemistry between the fans and their favorite teams, the local food, and the home stadiums. His accounts of the games of all 30 professional teams are very different from the lofty commentaries of TV talking heads; they are more like the chatter of a regular Joe, and convey a deep love of the sport and its traditions. Kabakoff decides to visit every major league ballpark, from August 2005 to September 2011, comparing teams and fans. Baseball fans will delight in Kabakoff’s entertaining, heartfelt observations on the sport, providing a view from the stands with a hot dog in one hand and a program in the other. (Booklife)
Kirkus Reviews

Debut author Kabakoff chronicles his quest to visit every major league ballpark in this cheerful travelogue.

The author grew up attending games at Yankee Stadium with his father, but in 2001, at Baltimore’s Camden Yards, he met a man intent on visiting every baseball park with a major league team. The idea nested in the back of Kabakoff’s mind, and over the next several years, he took in games at New York’s Shea Stadium, Los Angeles’ Dodger Stadium, Philadelphia’s Citizens Bank Park and Chicago’s Wrigley Field. On a 2005 vacation in Southern California, he watched the Anaheim Angels battle the Boston Red Sox, and Kabakoff’s game was on—he vowed to visit every major league ballpark himself. From August 2005 to September 2011, Kabakoff traveled to every major league city in the U.S. and Canada, not only to watch the hometown teams, but also to explore the ballparks, sample the concessions, visit the halls of fame and meet local fans. Throughout this chatty book, he recaps memorable games, spars with mascots, collects oddball souvenirs and receives frequent sunburns. He also expertly summarizes several team and ballpark histories along the way. There’s nothing scientific about the way he compares stadiums’ retractable roofs or evaluates fans’ enthusiasm, but his casual metrics will likely make indelible impressions on readers nonetheless. His writing style is boyish and agreeable, informal and full of occasionally silly wit. Serious fans won’t find many historical tidbits that they don’t already know, but there are a few odd gems, such as the reason why Honus Wagner’s baseball card is so valuable and what was unearthed during the construction of Denver’s Coors Field. Kabakoff brings his baseball narrative full circle as he describes how his childhood delight in discovering baseball reappeared in his young cousin Rachel, and he expands upon this legacy of shared experiences in the book’s final pages.

An engaging trip around Major League Baseball’s bases that may inspire readers to go on their own ballpark odysseys.

News
08/21/2014
Author Event at Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown!

Author spoke and had a book signing at the Baseball Hall of Fame on Thursday 8/21 as part of their Author Series!

Formats
Paperback, Digital Details
  • October 2, 2013
  • 978-0989547208
  • 266 pages
  • $17.99

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