Triumph and Tragedy in Mudville My Lifelong Passion for Baseball

ISBN-10: 0393325571

ISBN-13: 9780393325577

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List price: $14.95
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 5/17/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

Born in New York City in 1941, Stephen Jay Gould received his B.A. from Antioch College in New York in 1963 and a Ph.D. in paleontology from Columbia University in 1967. Gould spent most of his career as a professor at Harvard University and curator of invertebrate paleontology at Harvard's Museum of Comparative Zoology. His research was mainly in the evolution and speciation of land snails. Gould was a leading proponent of the theory of punctuated equilibrium. This theory holds that few evolutionary changes occur among organisms over long periods of time, and then a brief period of rapid changes occurs before another long, stable period of equilibrium sets in. Gould also made significant contributions to the field of evolutionary developmental biology, most notably in his work, Ontogeny and Phylogeny. An outspoken advocate of the scientific outlook, Gould had been a vigorous defender of evolution against its creation-science opponents in popular magazines focusing on science. He wrote a column for Natural History and has produced a remarkable series of books that display the excitement of science for the layperson. Among his many awards and honors, Gould won the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. His titles include; Ever Since Darwin, The Panda's Thumb, Hen's Teeth and Horse's Toes, Time's Arrow, Time's Cycle, Wonderful Life: The Burgess Shale and the Nature of History, The Structure of Evolutionary Theory and Full House: The Spread of Excellence from Plato to Darwin. Stephen Jay Gould died on May 20, 2002, following his second bout with cancer.

David Halberstam was born on April 10, 1934 in New York City and later attended Harvard University. After graduating in 1955, Halberstam worked at a small daily newspaper until he attained a position at the Nashville Tennessean. Halberstam has written over 20 books including The Children, a written account of his coverage of the Civil Rights Movement; The Best and Brightest, which was a bestseller; and The Game and October, 1964, both detailing his fascination of sports. Halberstam also won a Pulitzer Prize for his reports on the Vietnam War while working for the New York Times. He was killed in a car crash on April 23, 2007 at the age of 73.

Foreword
Editor's Note
Seventh Inning Stretch: Baseball, Father, and Me
Reflections and Experience
Streetball from a New York City Boyhood
The Babe's Final Strike
The Best of Times, Almost
Innings
More Power to Him
Rough Injustice
Tripping the Light Fantastic
Fenway Crowns the Millennium
Times to Try a Fan's Soul
Freud at the Ballpark
A Time to Laugh
Heroes Large, Small, and Fallen
Mickey Mantle: The Man versus the Myth
Dusty's Moment
This Was a Man
The Greatest Athlete of the Century
The Amazing Dummy
The Glory of His Time, and Ours
Eight More Out
Nature, History, and Statistics as Meaning
Left Holding the Bat
Why No One Hits .400 Anymore
The Streak of Streaks
Letter to Joe DiMaggio, January 3, 1985
The Creation Myths of Cooperstown
The Brain of Brawn
Baseball's Reliquary: The Oddly Possible Hybrid of Shrine and University
Jim Bowie's Letter and Bill Buckner's Legs
Criticism
Diamonds Are a Fan's Best Friend
Angell Hits a Grand Slam with Collected Baseball Essays
The Black Men Who Integrated Big League Ball
Baseball and the Two Faces of Janus
The H and Q of Baseball
Sultan of Sentimentality
Baseball: Joys and Lamentations
Good Sports & Bad
Jacket Art Identification
Index
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