Spalding and Sports Illustrated: Two Great Tastes…

If you know YFSF, you know what we think of Spalding’s World Tour, Mark Lamster’s magisterial history of the trip that brought baseball, and with it the American way, to the four corners. Now you don’t have to take our word for its genius; you can read an excerpt of the book over at And then, of course, pick up a copy on Amazon.

6 comments… add one
  • Jimmy’s a good guy. Jimmy loves Elaine.

    Jimmy August 10, 2006, 5:02 pm
  • Congrats to Lamster, whoever he is.

    SF August 10, 2006, 5:02 pm
  • I recently read Spalding’s and I have to say that I thought it was excellent. It was a really fun read with great insights into the personalities of some baseball legends. And some of the things that took place on the tour were almost too silly to be believed!
    In some ways, it reminded me of Devil In The White City, and that’s one of my favourite non-fiction books of all time.
    YF – could you pass my best wishes on to the esteemed Mr Lamster when you get a chance?

    Sam August 10, 2006, 6:02 pm
  • Sam:
    I will pass on those regards, and in the interim I’m quite sure he would want me to thank you indeed for those words. I know he very much like Devil in the White City as well; the two books, if nothing else, share a facsination in 19th century Chicago. Come to think of it, I seem to recalll seeing a Burnham quote…..

    YF August 10, 2006, 6:44 pm
  • I don’t know. He might be a good writer, but I’ve heard that Lamster guy is a jerk — and a Yankee fan to boot…

    Paul SF August 10, 2006, 7:03 pm
  • I heard he wrote the book while on something called the “clear”. Can’t trust those baseball types, on any level.

    SF August 10, 2006, 7:12 pm

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