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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Batter Up!

On March 27 PBS presented the National Geographic documentary "Inside Fenway Park: An Icon at 100." Narrated by actor and Massachusetts native Matt Damon, the production traced the history of America's oldest professional baseball stadium and the many Boston Red Sox stars that have and are playing there. Woven into the story is an insider's view of what is involved to make new and returning customers welcome at Fenway.
Among the documentary's onscreen commentators was Glenn Stout, a prolific sports writer who penned the 2011 book Fenway 1912: The Birth of a Ballpark, A Championship Season and Fenway's Remarkable First Year, to be found in Merrick Library's collection. In it Mr. Stout chronicles a year that ended with a memorable World Series versus the then-New York Giants and future Hall of Fame manager John J. McGraw.

Merrick Library also has these books written or edited by Glenn Stout:

Everything They Had: Sportswriting From David Halberstam (editor)
Yankees Century: 100 Years of New York Yankees Baseball

And other recent works about baseball's history:

Breslin, Jimmy. Branch Rickey.
Harrelson, Bud. Turning Two: My Journey to the Top of the World and Back with the New York Mets.
Kennedy, Kostya. 56: Joe DiMaggio and the Last Magic Number in Sports.
Vescey, George. Stan Musial: An American Life.

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