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Friday, June 05, 2009
Book Review: “Miracle Ball”I'm not going to say that I've stretched myself a bit thin recently, but I had forgotten that I wrote a book review for the New York Post a week or two ago. In fact, I hadn't even realized that it had been published this past Sunday until I happened to run into it while randomly clicking around.
Huh. I wonder if I've written anything else recently.
Anyway, it's about a book called "Miracle Ball: My Hunt for the Shot Heard 'Round the World," by Brian Biegel. As the title suggests, it's about the author's quest to figure out whatever happened to the ball Bobby Thomson hit over the left field wall of the Polo Grounds back on October 3, 1951.
Verdict: good book! Liked it a lot. Read the review to find out why.
Posted by Craig Calcaterra at 9:01am
Didn’t Don DeLillo already write this book?
Posted 06/05 at 10:31 AM
Craig Calcaterra said...
Yes, but this one was a bit breezier of a read than Underworld.
Posted 06/05 at 10:33 AM
Nate Johnson said...
The first chapter of Underworld (aka Pafko at the Wall) is some pretty fantastic fictional sportswriting, fwiw.
Posted 06/05 at 10:42 AM
The only thing I really remember from “Underworld” is that first chapter about the ball, which was pretty fantastic sportswriting. Sneaking into the stadium, running out with the ball… J Edgar Hoover in attendance, looking at some graphic battle-scene painting… Great opening to the book.
I can’t say I remember how the rest of the story plays out, though.
After reading White Noise and Underworld, I’m not sure what I think of DeLillo. I suspect I’m just not cut out for the modern novel…
Posted 06/05 at 11:00 AM