Publisher description for Impossible dreams : a Red Sox collection / Glenn Stout, editor.


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Counter The Red Sox have long been the favorite subject of baseball's literati, more for what they haven't accomplished than for what they have. The mystery that shrouds this storied franchise has made for great copy for more than a hundred years. But much of the very best writing on the team has often been obscured by romantic tales of legend and destiny, curses and conspiracies. Until now. Turning solidly to the bedrock of traditional baseball writing, Glenn Stout has collected the writing on the Sox that best tells the story of the franchise. Here are seventy-five pieces that together comprise a veritable sourcebook of more than a century of unforgettable baseball, from vintage game stories, features, columns, and profiles to occasional contributions from players, as well as numerous sportswriting gems that have never been published in book form. It's all here -- from Cy Young's self-profile, the moment the Sox got their sox, and firsthand accounts of Ruth's formidable swing to the birth of the phrase "Impossible Dream," the passing of Teddy Ballgame, and the enormous weight of the number 1918. This is a book no self-respecting Sox fan can afford to miss.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Boston Red Sox (Baseball team) Miscellanea