๐Ÿ“’ The Cactus League by Emily Nemens

Genre : Fiction
Publisher : Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN_10 : 9780374720490
Copyright Year : 2020-02-04
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One of The Wall Street Journal's 10 New Books You Should Be Picking Up First In 2020 and one of The Millions' Most Anticipated Books of 2020 An explosive, character-driven odyssey through the world of baseball from Emily Nemens, the editor of The Paris Review Jason Goodyear is the star outfielder for the Los Angeles Lions, stationed with the rest of his team in the punishingly hot Arizona desert for their annual spring training. Handsome, famous, and talented, Goodyear is nonetheless coming apart at the seams. And the coaches, writers, wives, girlfriends, petty criminals, and diehard fans following his every move are eager to find out whyโ€”as they hide secrets of their own. Humming with the energy of a ballpark before the first pitch, Emily Nemens' The Cactus League unravels the tightly connected web of people behind a seemingly linear game. Narrated by a sportscaster, Goodyearโ€™s story is interspersed with tales of Michael Taylor, a batting coach trying to stay relevant; Tamara Rowland, a resourceful spring-training paramour, looking for one last catch; Herb Allison, a legendary sports agent grappling with his decline; and a plethora of other richly drawn characters, all striving to be seen as the season approaches. Itโ€™s a journey that, like the Arizona desert, brims with both possibility and destruction. Anchored by an expert knowledge of baseballโ€™s inner workings, Emily Nemens's The Cactus League is a propulsive and deeply human debut that captures a strange desert world that is both exciting and unforgiving, where the most crucial games are the ones played off the field.

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๐Ÿ“’ The Cactus League by Emily Nemens

Genre : Baseball
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ISBN_10 : 1432876740
Copyright Year : 2020
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"Jason Goodyear is the star outfielder for the Los Angeles Lions, stationed with the rest of his team in the punishingly hot Arizona desert for their annual spring training. Handsome, famous, and talented, Goodyear is nonetheless coming apart at the seams. And the coaches, writers, wives, girlfriends, petty criminals, and diehard fans following his every move are eager to find out why--as they hide secrets of their own. Humming with the energy of a ballpark before the first pitch, Emily Nemens' The Cactus League unravels the tightly connected web of people behind a seemingly linear game. Narrated by a sportscaster, Goodyear's story is interspersed with tales of Michael Taylor, a batting coach trying to stay relevant; Tamara Rowland, a resourceful spring-training paramour, looking for one last catch; Herb Allison, a legendary sports agent grappling with his decline; and a plethora of other richly drawn characters, all striving to be seen as the season approaches. It's a journey that, like the Arizona desert, brims with both possibility and destruction. Anchored by an expert knowledge of baseball's inner workings, Emily Nemens's The Cactus League is a propulsive and deeply human debut that captures a strange desert world that is both exciting and unforgiving, where the most crucial games are the ones played off the field"--

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๐Ÿ“’ Cactus League by Susie Steckner

Genre : History
Publisher : Arcadia Publishing
ISBN_10 : 0738585343
Copyright Year : 2012
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Arizona's baseball roots run long and deep, but the star of the show is the Cactus League. The state's spring training history is filled with social, political, and cultural intrigue, not to mention a roster of baseball greats. Early on, fans watched Joe DiMaggio, Ted Williams, Willie Mays, and the American League's first black player, Larry Doby. Beyond the field, baseball became part of the state's social fabric, as players and fans alike flocked to watering holes, hotels, parades, and a desert resort famous for its mineral baths. History also saw a political battle to save the Cactus League and fend off Florida's attempts to dominate spring training. Today, the Cactus League is a 15-team powerhouse that holds court in Arizona each spring.

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๐Ÿ“’ Spring Training by Dan Shaughnessy

Genre : Sports & Recreation
Publisher : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN_10 : 0618213996
Copyright Year : 2003
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Provides a detailed look at baseball's spring training, using text and photographs to describe the pre-season hype.

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Genre : Sports & Recreation
Publisher : Simon and Schuster
ISBN_10 : 9780671003449
Copyright Year : 1999-03-01
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The author exposes the workings of sports marketing in America through an in-depth look at the creation of a Major League baseball franchise, the Arizona Diamondbacks

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Genre : Sports & Recreation
Publisher : McFarland
ISBN_10 : 9780786471959
Copyright Year : 2013-05-29
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Spring training is a time of renewal for baseball, when teams and fans descend on Florida and Arizona to begin the ever hopeful new season. The pace is a little slower, the fans are closer to the action, and the players are more accessible: the sport returns to its idyllic roots. When the first edition of this book was released, 18 of the MLB teams trained in Florida and 12 in Arizona. As 2013 arrives each league consists of 15 teams; together they utilize 14 parks in Florida and 10 in Arizona. This heavily illustrated work dedicates a chapter to each park, including modern Cactus League marvels like Camelback Ranch and Salt River Fields, and Grapefruit League bastions like Joker Marchant Stadium and McKechnie Field. Florida's Fenway Park replica, which opened in 2012, is included. In addition to profiling the five parks that have opened since the first edition, the author has updated the other chapters. Each provides a description of the park, and a recounting of its history, followed by a summary of the home team or teams' spring history. Next is a review of the park's seating, concessions and fan traditions. Each chapter concludes with information about nearby baseball landmarks and attractions.

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Genre : Sports & Recreation
Publisher : Anchor Books
ISBN_10 : 9780307949585
Copyright Year : 2015-03-17
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A New York Times best-selling sportswriter takes readers deep within the secretive inner-workings of the minor leagues through the stories of eight men who are living on the cusp of the dreamโ€”some of who have tasted major league success and some of who have toiled for long careers. 100,000 first printing.

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๐Ÿ“’ Under The March Sun by Charles Fountain

Genre : Sports & Recreation
Publisher : Oxford University Press
ISBN_10 : 9780199707317
Copyright Year : 2009-03-04
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There is nothing in all of American sport quite like baseball's spring training. This annual six-week ritual, whose origins date back nearly a century and a half, fires the hearts and imaginations of fans who flock by the hundreds of thousands to places like Dodgertown to glimpse superstars and living legends in a relaxed moment and watch the drama of journeyman veterans and starry-eyed kids in search of that last spot on the bench. In Under the March Sun, Charles Fountain recounts for the first time the full and fascinating history of spring training and its growth from a shoestring-budget roadtrip to burn off winter calories into a billion-dollar-a-year business. In the early days southern hotels only reluctantly admitted ballplayers--and only if they agreed not to mingle with other guests. Today cities fight for teams by spending millions in public money to build ever-more-elaborate spring-training stadiums. In the early years of the 20th century, the mayor of St. Petersburg, Florida, Al Lang, first realized that coverage in northern newspapers every spring was publicity his growing city could never afford to buy. As the book demonstrates, cities have been following Lang's lead ever since, building identities and economies through the media exposure and visitors that spring training brings. An entertaining cultural history that taps into the romance of baseball even as it reveals its more hard-nosed commercial machinations, Under the March Sun shows why spring training draws so many fans southward every March. While the prices may be growing and the intimacy and accessibility shrinking, they come because the sunshine and sense of hope are timeless.

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๐Ÿ“’ Let S Hit Em All by Dayna Haferkamp

Genre : Baseball fans
Publisher : Mascot Books
ISBN_10 : 1631776673
Copyright Year : 2016-09-06
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"Let's Hit 'Em All tells the vivid story of a family's journey to hit all the Major League ballparks -- a good, old-fashioned family road trip to watch America's favorite pastime from coast to coast."-- Dust jacket.

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Genre : Sports & Recreation
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ISBN_10 : 1887140689
Copyright Year : 2006-12-14
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In the Spring, professional baseball teams turn Florida into every fan's dream destination. For the teams, Spring Training represents a new beginning, the first step on a pilgrimage to the World Series. For the fan, Spring Training represents the opportunity to watch the game's heroes up close and personal for just a few dollars and maybe even get their autographs. But every one of the 17 stadiums is different. Each has its pluses and minuses, so capturing the ideal Spring Training experience can be elusive without the right information. Book jacket.

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