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Roger Maris by Tom Clavin & Danny Peary

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True American heroes are becoming more difficult to identify with because of all of the human drama infused with great accomplishments. In a by-gone era, American baseball players were heroes for going out game after game and performing to the best of their natural ability.

One hero whose life was cut short was Roger Maris. This product of the northern Midwest was a good-natured kid. He excelled at all of the high school sports: basketball, football, and baseball. After a short stint to Oklahoma on a full football scholarship, Maris decided that college life was not for him and baseball was his true calling. At 18, Maris signed his first baseball contract with the Indians.

Calvin and Peary do a good job in recounting the early years of Maris’ career, the lean years where he just played ball. The story continues with Maris’ trade to the legendary Yankees and the subsequent breaking of Babe Ruth’s all time home run record. The record run was mired in the controversy nicknamed the “asterisk.”  This was when baseball commissioner Frick decided that the Babe’s record needed to be preserved, so he devised that the record could only be broken if the home run number was reached in the same number of games that Ruth played,  an unfortunate change in the rules midway through the baseball season.

Maris was an undeserving hero in the eyes of many baseball fans as he took the record. Never a quitter, even after being traded from the Yankees, under another cloud as well, Maris persevered. He played several season in St. Louis with the Cardinals. Maris life was cut short when he died of cancer at the age of 51 in 1985. There are many reasons presented why Maris should keep the home run title, especially since he accomplished the record without the help of any chemicals. There is a touching scene when Maris is finally recognized at a Roger Maris Day Yankee stadium.

This book is a good read for not only sports enthusiast, but also for those that want to see what a true baseball legend went through. Clavin and Peary use clear language infused with seasoned baseball statistics.  You feel like you were at many of the games.

 

Book Info:

Roger Maris

By: Tom Clavin and Danny Peary

ISBN: 978-1-4165-8929-7

2011 Touchstone

 

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An Evening with David Sedaris at Fox Theatre April 16

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ATLANTA, GA (Feb. 24, 2015) – The Fox Theatre is pleased to present An Evening with David Sedaris, author of the previous bestsellers Naked, Me Talk Pretty One DayDress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, and regular National Public Radio contributor who will be appearing for one night only at the Fox Theatre on Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 7:30pm.

Celebrating the June 3, 2014 paperback release of his latest title, #1 New York Times Bestseller, Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls, author David Sedaris comes to Atlanta for an evening of engaging recollections and featuring all-new readings.

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Dr. Mike’s “The Fallacy of the Calorie”

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Dr. Mike (Michael S. Fenster, MD) has a sense of humor in dispersing his dietary and nutritional advice in The Fallacy of the Calorie, but what’s also funny is the fact that this cardiologist is dishing out all this information while criticizing supposed self-proclaimed food experts.

Take this passage, for example: “These days it seems as if everybody has an opinion about food and health. People watch Dr. Oz, tune in to the Food Network, or read some anecdotal diatribe on the Internet and all of a sudden they’re full of expert opinions and analysis.”

Dr. Mike mentions only Dr. Oz by name. He then goes on to allude to a bunch of straw men who give consumers lots of conflicting food guidance before launching into his own enterprising book of culinary realness. Dr. Mike is in your face and sounds like a go-getter, I guess. He says if I’m happy with the food I eat and my state of wellness, health, verdure, heartiness is a-okay, then this is not the book for me. PUT THIS BOOK DOWN. If only!

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SPX 2014 Programming Schedule

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SPX is fast approaching! Check out the release about this year’s panels and programming to plan your weekend. They all sound remarkable, highlighting diversity in the comics and cartooning industry that is often overlooked.

The Small Press Expo is pleased to announce the SPX 2014 Programming Schedule.  SPX continuing the festival’s established tradition of rich, thought-provoking programming featuring leading comics artists and critics in conversation. As in previous years, the Programming Schedule will feature two simultaneous tracks on both Saturday and Sunday, September 13th and 14th.

SPX 2014 programming highlights include special Q&A sessions with headline guests Lynda Barry, Jules Feiffer, Charles Burns, Raina Telgemeier, Drew Friedman. Eleanor Davis, Mimi Pond and John Porcellino, many of whom will also join in other panel discussions.

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