Triumph and Tragedy in Mudville

Triumph and Tragedy in Mudville

Stephen Jay Gould

technology meets activity during this vivid number of baseball essays through the past due evolutionary biologist.Among Stephen Jay Gould's many presents was once his skill to put in writing eloquently approximately baseball, his nice ardour. over the years, the well known paleontologist released a number of essays at the activity; those have now been accumulated in a quantity alive with the candor and perception that characterised all of Gould's writing. listed here are his innovations at the complexities of early life streetball and the thrill of starting day; tributes to Mickey Mantle, Babe Ruth, and lesser-knowns akin to deaf-mute centerfielder "Dummy" Hoy; and a frank admission of the contradictions inherent in being a lifelong Yankees fan with pink Sox season tickets. Gould additionally deftly applies the instruments of evolutionary conception to the dying of the .400 hitter, the Abner Doubleday production fable, and the improbability of Joe DiMaggio's 56-game hitting streak.

This publication is a satisfaction, a vital addition to Gould's impressive legacy, and a becoming tribute to his love for the sport.

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