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From the Writer
A Q&A with creator Joe Posnanski
Are you able to speak a bit of bit about how this challenge took place? For nearly a decade, I’d been desirous about the last word baseball challenge, one thing that will permit me to inform the story of baseball and why it has had such a strong maintain on me and my life. On a special monitor, I began a countdown of the 100 biggest gamers, then began one other countdown of the 100 biggest gamers. After which it hit me: Each of those tasks — telling baseball’s story and counting down the 100 biggest gamers — are actually the identical challenge, and that’s what led to The Baseball 100.
Have any of your picks or rankings confirmed controversial to readers? I might say solely 99 of the 100 have been controversial. All people disagrees about which gamers are on this checklist, which gamers usually are not on this checklist, the place the gamers are ranked. However that’s why it’s enjoyable, proper?
This guide is longer than Moby Dick—what’s it concerning the recreation of baseball that conjures up a lot ardour in you and so many others?
Baseball is exclusive in so some ways. It’s the one recreation the place the protection controls the ball. It has a leisurely tempo that’s completely different from different video games. Its historical past, as Ken Burns will inform you, runs an virtually completely parallel monitor to America’s historical past. And, I believe, it’s the sport that finest mixes the person with the crew; by that I imply that the batter, the pitcher, even the fielder, all of those individuals are doing particular person issues, they will’t depend on anyone else to assist them, however all of it’s inside a crew recreation.
What’s a few of the most fascinating analysis you probably did for the guide?
I believe and hope there’s fascinating analysis in all places … I did spend lots of time on every of the gamers. However my favourite analysis concerned the Negro Leagues gamers on this checklist. I’m hoping that folks will actually get pleasure from studying extra about Oscar Charleston and Buck Leonard and Bullet Rogan and gamers they may not know that a lot about.
You’ve ranked the gamers right here—what do you suppose is the perfect baseball crew in historical past?
I’m afraid that you simply’ll have to attend for The Baseball Crew 100.
Writer : Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster (September 28, 2021)
Language : English
Hardcover : 880 pages
ISBN-10 : 1982180587
ISBN-13 : 978-1982180584
Merchandise Weight : 2.7 kilos
Dimensions : 6.13 x 1.8 x 9.25 inches