The Last Best League, 10th anniversary edition: One Summer, One Season, One Dream
Boys all over this country dream of playing in the big leagues, but few have the talent, skill, work-ethic, and luck to make it. And there are no end of places to work on those skills and be sorted in or out of the running. But there are a few places that one can go to see the real future of the show. One of every six major leaguers comes out of one NCAA summer league – the Cape Cod Baseball League. Author Jim Collins, who but for a ligament-tearing injury in the summer between high school and college might have had a shot, ran across a game in this league and remembered the beauty of the game in that time of life. He moved his family to the Cape for a summer to follow the Chatham A’s and write their story. But this is more than the story of one team through one summer. Collins knows the game of baseball and is kind enough to share his deep knowledge of the game with the reader in a way that any reader can appreciate, no matter their own level of baseball knowledge. Collins hits a grand slam with this book.
Da Capo Press