Playing Hard Ball



Playing Hard BallPLAYING HARD BALL Is A Unique Sports Book, A Cultural Comparison Of Two National Games Cricket, English In Origin And American Baseball Written From The Viewpoint Of A Top Class Practitioner Of Both Codes Ed Smith The Young Cambridge University And Kent Batsman Has Spent The Winters Since 1998 In Spring Training With The New York Mets Baseball Team It Has Enabled Ed To Contrast And Compare Arguably The Two Most Iconic Of Sports From The Inside In Fact, Baseball Had A Thriving Following In Britain Until The Great War Derby County S Former Stadium Was Called The Baseball Ground Tottenham Hotspur Was At First A Baseball Club Apart From Learning Two Very Different Techniques, Ed Learned That The Sports Ultimate Heroes, The Babe And The Don Babe Ruth And Don Bradman Might As Well Have Come From Different Planets, Whilst Baseball S Pristine Hall Of Fame In Cooperstown Is A Far Cry From The Ramshackle Cricket Museum At Lord S Ed Smith S PLAYING HARD BALL Draws On These Intriguing Comparisons To Paint A Two Sided Portrait Of Sports Most Illustrous Hitting Games.

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  • Paperback
  • 232 pages
  • Playing Hard Ball
  • E.T. Smith
  • English
  • 11 March 2018
  • 0349116660

10 thoughts on “Playing Hard Ball

  1. charlotte, (½ of readsrainbow) says:

    the last chapter or so was really tedious and some of the book veered towards purple prose at times, but it was great when he got sarky about american patriotism and baseball obsession

  2. Jonny Brick says:

    Ed Smith compares baseball and his beloved cricket Fascinating book.

  3. Jonathan P says:

    An impressive debut from a then 26 year professional cricketer and Cambridge educated wordsmith Do not expect in depth technical analysis of the similarities and differences between baseball and cricket, Ed Smith is at his best when exploring the cultural and social sides of the two sports Both sports have an apparent shared obsession with statistics and tradition Perhaps counter intuitively, baseball is largely played in a gentlemanly way, cricket s genteel reputation largely hides a her An impressive debut from a then 26 year professional cricketer and Cambridge educated wordsmith Do not expect in depth technical analysis of the similarities and differences between baseball and cricket, Ed Smith is at his best when exploring the cultural and social sides of the two sports Both sports have an apparent shared obsession with statistics and tradition Perhaps counter intuitively, baseball is largely played in a gentlemanly way, cricket s genteel reputation largely hides a heritage of brashness and betting Possibly the strongest chapter is on the topic of books and sports writing It goes some way to explaining why there are few top quality sports books produced in Britain compared to the US Leading American writers are happy to take on the topic Hemingway, Updike and several Pulitzer prize winners are mentioned , yet it is hard to imagine their British equivalents sullying their reputations with such a task.An unexpected punch delivered by Smith is criticism of certain US claims made on behalf of baseball that remind him strongly of similar claims made on behalf of cricket and long since abandoned with the loss of empire and the rise of cricket in South Asia.A promising start then, and, ten years on, Smith s writing has developed and isassured Well worth exploring it further by looking first at his ESPN Cricinfo articles.http www.espncricinfo.com magazine

  4. Nick Davies says:

    Intelligently written, this comparison of cricket and baseball by a knowledgeable author was a highlight of my summer reading Giving enough background of baseball for inexperienced followers, backed up with some good interviews and history, this book was able to compare and contrast the two similar sports Most lasting in my memory is the discussion of how the balance between outs and scoring shots lies differently in the two sports baseball pitchers are under pressure to keep it very tig Intelligently written, this comparison of cricket and baseball by a knowledgeable author was a highlight of my summer reading Giving enough background of baseball for inexperienced followers, backed up with some good interviews and history, this book was able to compare and contrast the two similar sports Most lasting in my memory is the discussion of how the balance between outs and scoring shots lies differently in the two sports baseball pitchers are under pressure to keep it very tight and accurate and it s a disaster to concede runs, whereas a cricket bowler can be comparatively quite inaccurate and concede quite a few runs it s the batsmen who are under great pressure to avoid getting out

  5. Paul McGuiness says:

    Classy read

  6. Mike Redding says:

    Loved the book and the contrast of the two games.

  7. Edward says:

    Short comparative analysis of baseball and cricket based on a small number of trips made by the author a Kent batsman to the USA A crisp and insightful volume.

  8. Erin says:

    Less memoir,intellectual musing on the differences between baseball and cricket I don t read a lot of sports nonfiction, but I have to admit this was quite different from what I expected

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