McGee: The baseball book that changed my life

From SABR member Bob McGee at The National Pastime Museum on December 23, 2015:

Seasons Past is a cult book. Many voracious consumers of baseball literature don’t even know of it, and even among them, fewer have read it. Lawrence Ritter, though, had included it in his 50-Book Essential Baseball Library with good reason.

Mine was a roundabout discovery.

It was a sunny day in the fall of 1993, and I was strolling down Market Street in San Francisco between Rand McNally and the Palace Hotel with none other than Leonard Koppett. We were talking baseball, as anyone who knew the two of us might expect. Those of us who ever had the privilege of talking baseball with Leonard in downtown San Fran on a sunny day know that life couldn’t get much better than that.

I was telling him of my plans to write about something rattling around in my head for some time. It had to do with growing up in Brooklyn, about a part of my childhood that was lost—a part of my birthright I was unable to access. He understood.

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Originally published: December 23, 2015. Last Updated: December 23, 2015.