Bottom of the 33rd: Hope, Redemption, and Baseball's Longest Game (Paperback)

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It takes great talent to write a book about a single (although very long) baseball game and make it interesting, entertaining and never boring! Dan Barry puts the reader squarely iin those cold seats for 8 hours and makes you want to linger!! Pawtucket, McCoy Stadium, the Paw Sox, the players, the atmosphere, the audience, and the owners are all introduced in a conversational style. This is a book for anyone who likes baseball, history, or just a good read.


— From Bottom of the 33rd


Bottom of the 33rd is chaw-chewing, sunflower-spitting, pine tar proof that too much baseball is never enough.” —Jane Leavy, author of The Last Boy and Sandy Koufax 

“What a book—an exquisite exercise in story-telling, democracy and myth-making.” —Colum McCann, winner of the National Book Award for  Let The Great World Spin 

From Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times columnist Dan Barry comes the beautifully recounted story of the longest game in baseball history—a tale celebrating not only the robust intensity of baseball, but the aspirational ideal epitomized by the hard-fighting players of the minor leagues. In the tradition of Moneyball, The Last Hero, and Wicked Good Year, Barry’s Bottom of the 33rd is a reaffirming story of the American Dream finding its greatest expression in timeless contests of the Great American Pastime.

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Winner of the 2012 PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sportswriting

Dan Barry has crafted a loving and lyrical tribute to a time and a place when you stayed until the final out...because that’s what we did in America. Bottom of the 33rd is chaw-chewing, sunflower-spitting, pine tar proof that too much baseball is never enough.

“What a book -- an exquisite exercise in story-telling, democracy and myth-making that has, at its center, a great respect for the symphony of voices that make up America.”

“Dan’s Barry’s meticulous reporting and literary talent are both evident in Bottom of the 33rd, a pitch-perfect and seamless meditation on baseball and the human condition.”

“A fascinating, beautifully told story... In the hands of Barry, a national correspondent for the New York Times, this marathon of duty, loyalty, misery and folly becomes a riveting narrative...The book feels like ‘Our Town’ on the diamond.”

“An astonishing tale that lyrically articulates baseball’s inexorable grip on its players and fans, Bottom of the 33rd belongs among the best baseball books ever written.”

“Meticulously researched and tremendously entertaining!”

“[Dan] Barry does more than simply recount the inning-by-inning-by-inning box score. He delves beneath the surface, like an archaeologist piecing together the shards and fragments of a forgotten society, to reconstruct a time and a night that have become part of baseball lore.”

“Whether you’re a baseball aficionado or a reader who just enjoys a good yarn, you’ll love this book.”

“A worthy companion to Roger Kahn’s classic Boys of Summer ...[Dan Barry] exploits the power of memory and nostalgia with literary grace and journalistic exactitude. He blends a vivid, moment-by-moment re-creation of the game with what happens to its participants in the next 30 years.”

“Brilliantly rendered...The book is both a fount of luxurious writing and a tour-de-force of reportage.”

“[An] heroic conjuring of the past.”

“[A] masterpiece...destined for the Hall of Fame of baseball books.”

Product Details
ISBN: 9780062014498
ISBN-10: 0062014498
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Publication Date: March 27th, 2012
Pages: 272
Language: English