I’m not a fast reader of books. I usually buy a ton of books, then read several of them at one time, depending on what mood I’m in – I’m not a library-goer, because I never know when I’m going to have time to read, and I’d rather not incur the fine, or have the book run into an unfortunate accident with a cup of coffee. A lot of my reading over the past few years has included books about baseball, because I enjoy reading them, and like to learn as much about the game as possible. Recently, I’ve discovered I very much enjoy reading about the history of the game. I like seeing the old black and white photos with the old uniforms and equipment; it’s just a neat glimpse into the game’s past. Unfortunately, not a lot of my books have photos in them, but I was just wondering the other day (I swear, I really was!) whether or not there was a book out there with historic baseball photos. Turns out that not only does such a book exist, but it is also now in my possession!
My friend Julie got me this for Christmas:
It’s a massive (literally, it’s like 2 & 1/2 inches thick) photograph archive from the Baseball Hall of Fame that chronicles the early days of the game. I couldn’t get to Cooperstown, so Julie brought Cooperstown to me. Every page has a picture, with a brief description of who is in the photo, where they were and what they were doing at the time on the facing page. It’s beautiful, and I love it! It will make a nice companion to the other two books I’m working on, the Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader Takes a Swing at Baseball (none of which, incidentally, I have read in or anywhere near the bathroom), and another one she got me for my birthday earlier this year called Joy in Mudville: The Big Book of Baseball Humor. I’ve also been gradually working on The Psycho 100: Baseball’s Most Outrageous Moments, but it’s only so-so compared to these others (yes, all the links are to Amazon.com, it’s the easiest way to throw them out there).