Foul Ball! Five Years in the American League by Alison Gordon (1984) – BR00060 (1999) – 🐸🐸🐸🐸⚪
Plot or Premise
The first five years of the Blue Jays, as covered by a female sportswriter.
What I Liked
Many thoughts assailed me. Sure, I had heard she was nice, came from a respectable family, etc., but we had never met before. What if I didn’t like her in *that* way? After all, there’s the question of chemistry. And she’s an older woman. Worldly. Definitely been around the park a few times. And she’s been known to have 9 guys at a time! Not to mention those wild stories of men in kilts. And then there’s my side of things. What if there were things I didn’t know? What were her expectations? After all, I’m not getting any younger, I was never a jock nor even a lay expert in this area, and I’m not very adventurous. Sure there was that fling with Roy McGregor but that was a father and son thing, not a stated preference. These thoughts and others assailed me as I plunged into a SPORTS biography for the first time.
Alison Gordon’s coverage of the first five years of the Blue Jays is great. Not too sporty, so baseball plebes like me (who couldn’t tell you the seven ways to get to first not including a single) can still follow; yet sporty enough so that baseball fans will still enjoy the behind-the-scenes look at the life of the (female) sportswriter and the lives of the Blue Jays. She covers the gamut from players to stadiums, and everything in between.
What I Didn’t Like
In a few places, it seemed a bit superficial, more description than stepping back to analyse her own participation in the stories. Not major, just a small limitation.
am not personal friends with the author, but I did do interact with her online.
The Bottom Line