One of the best books I've read recently is Lou Berney's The Long and Faraway Gone. He writes great stories that pull you in, with vivid characters, some of whom make you laugh and others who make you cringe. I was fired up that Lou read Baseball in Alabama and shared some praise:
“Baseball in Alabama is an engaging look at the rich and colorful history of the sport in a state that has produced some great players and stories.”
I'm grateful for the kind words, and I'm looking forward to checking out Lou's latest book, November Road.
As the Red Sox celebrate winning the 2018 World Series, I'm reminded of 2004 and the team's first World Series championship in eighty-six years. In Baseball in Alabama, Birmingham native Ron "Papa Jack" Jackson looks back on the team's 2004 playoff run and clawing back from a three-game deficit in the American League Championship Series to clinch the pennant before going on to win the World Series. Great insight and stories!
Another Birmingham connection to Boston: a new Bham company, Vintage Sports, is selling vintage Fenway gear, from old-timey black and whites to cool stuff made from Fenway's old seats. Check 'em out! https://www.vintagesports.com/collections/baseball