By Dan Barry
“Bottom of the 33rd is chaw-chewing, sunflower-spitting, pine tar facts that an excessive amount of baseball isn't enough.” —Jane Leavy, writer of The final Boy and Sandy Koufax
“What a book—an beautiful workout in story-telling, democracy and myth-making.” —Colum McCann, winner of the nationwide booklet Award for Let the nice international Spin
From Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times columnist Dan Barry comes the superbly stated tale of the longest online game in baseball history—a story celebrating not just the powerful depth of baseball, however the aspirational excellent epitomized by means of the hard-fighting avid gamers of the minor leagues. within the culture of Moneyball, The final Hero, and Wicked sturdy Year, Barry’s Bottom of the 33rd is a reaffirming tale of the yank Dream discovering its maximum expression in undying contests of the nice American hobby.
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They knew, too, that 1,740 fans were settled now into their foldout seats, awaiting escape. Think of it: all the myriad endeavors combining to conjure the illusion that a baseball game just happened to break out one night in Pawtucket. The concession workers along the open-air concourse, heating popcorn in the glass-fronted machines that envelop the giant horseshoe of wooden seats with a buttery perfume, summoning memories of happy childhoods that never were. The ticket-office workers at the stadium’s entrance, dispensing ducats in a booth crammed with maintenance equipment reeking of gasoline, where an entire wall is lined with slotted boxes containing $3 reserved tickets for the 72 home games of the 1981 season, along with spools of $2 general-admission tickets hanging from nails.
Batting for the thirteenth time in the game, Dave Koza has just made the second out in the bottom of the 31st inning. To anyone with even a rudimentary understanding of the national pastime, this sentence appears to have at least two typographical errors. Thirteenth at bat? Thirty-first inning? Yet both are true. What’s more, there still exists the possibility, even the expectation, that Dave Koza will have another chance. Could happen. Because something is certainly happening here in Pawtucket.
A. Lena Blackburne, was a smart but inconsistent infielder who played on and off in the major leagues from 1910 to 1919, then returned in 1927 for one at bat—a run-scoring single—and again in 1929 to pitch one-third of an inning. He became a longtime major-league coach and manager who seemed destined to be remembered, if at all, as the Chicago White Sox skipper who engaged in two fistfights with the same player: Art Shires, a talented but truculent character whose nickname “Art the Great” reflected his relationship with modesty.