I don’t like Manhattan very much for a variety of reasons. The noise, the crowds, the rush. But every once in awhile I venture in when the Bergino Baseball Clubhouse features an author event with a writer whose work I especially enjoy.
Case in point, several weeks ago when Michael Leahy, author of the exceptional new book The Last Innocents: The Collision of the Turbulent Sixties and the Los Angeles Dodgers, came up from Washington to discuss his project. Leahy loves to talk about the writing process and the audience in the intimate setting, as always, was a collection of thoughtful folks with interesting questions and observations.
If you read just one baseball book this year (and time is running out), this should be the one. The Last Innocents is about so much more than the game on the field, incorporating the national pastime with the national moods (Vietnam War, racial unrest, etc.) during the turbulent 60s. It’s sure to merit consideration for the several baseball literary awards out there (if not beyond that narrow scope) and I’d love to see this turned into a documentary, with interviews with the eclectic mix of ballplayers who were Leahy’s main subjects.