A look at the craft

January 17, 2013

I love a good behind-the-scenes story, so I’m looking forward to Life From The Press Box: Recollections of a Sportswriter, by Jim Street, who has covered the Oakland As, Seattle Mariners, and San Francisco Giants, among non-baseball sports.

The book got a nice write-up from T.R. Sullivan at MLB.com, who states, “This baseball book is completely different from most of the sports memoirs to be found on shelves, mainly for one simple reason. It was written by a person who spent four decades covering Major League Baseball and professional football on the West Coast.”

That may be true, according to a strict interpretation by Sullivan regarding 40 years/West Coast, the use of the word “most,” etc. In that regard, couldn’t one say all books are completely different from “most” others? I haven’t read this one yet, and with all due respect to Messers. Street and Sullivan, but there have definitely been memoirs by veteran sportswriters, all of whom bring their unique perspective to the page.


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