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Monday, October 10, 2016

A Couple of Unusual Sports Books

I have a couple of book recommendations for you today.  The first is a new one that I just finished reading.  In a nutshell it's a fictional memoir of a Washington Redskins coach who discovers a woman who becomes the first female player in the NFL.  Here's an exerpt:  http://lithub.com/the-legend-of-jesse-smoke/



This one is out of print.  I bought it new, in 1995 according to the Borders sticker.  While Robert Bausch is a "literary" novelist, Gorman Bechard is more of a pop fiction writer (he's also a filmmaker).  I find it hard to remember what I had for dinner yesterday so I can't give you much on a book I read over 20 years ago other than that I recall liking it and have saved it all this time.

Anybody read any similar "sports fantasy" books?  I know there's a fictional account of Bill Veeck's fielding an all black team before Jackie.

3 comments:

  1. Both books sound very interesting. For the Jesse Smoke book I find it interesting the author chose the Redskins (as a Skins fan I love that fact). Maybe he is from the DC area? Or just thought the Skins would be one of the teams that would take such a risk.

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    1. Bausch is indeed a DC/Northern VA guy.

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  2. Thanks for the suggestions. Both sound interesting... especially the one where Dan Quayle is the baseball commissioner. If I didn't have a stack of books sitting on one of my bookshelves waiting to be read, I might actually pursue these. But since I only read two or three books a year... I'd only be kidding myself if I said I'd look into them.

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