Posted by Word Camel on February 19, 2002
In Reply to: Bryson and Baseball posted by ESC on February 19, 2002
: : : I heard through the grapevine of the Bill Bryson fans that his father, BB senior, wrote a book about the languge of baseball. It's long out of print and I've not been able to find it in the library or on the web - though admittedly I've not searched exhaustively. I was wondering if any one here knows the book. I'd like to track it down and read it. Does anyone know the reference? I fear I may have it wrong. Does anyone know of any other books on the same theme. The Yankees have reported for Spring training and I too feel I should be gearing up.
: : : Thanks,
: : : Camel
: : I'm pretty sure that what you're looking for is a collection of writings by Bill Bryson sr, who had a 50 year career on the Des Moines Register as their senior baseball staff writer. He apparently frequently researched the origins of baseball terms such as "fungo" and featured his findings in his newspaper columns. The book collecting his writings is called "The Babe Didn't Point: And Other Stories about Iowans and Sports". The url below has a pdf document giving a small 3 page autobiography about the author.
: Available but pricey. I found this one at
http://www.alibris.com/search/search.cfm It's $108. The Babe Didn't Point: and
Other Stories About Iowans & Sports.
: by Bryson, Bill; Bryson, Michael G. , Sr. (Editor) Cloth. Iowa State University Press, Ames, IA, U. S. A.
: Very Good in Good jacket Very good copy. Dust jacket shows creasing, a chip to spine, and bumping. "Collection of columns and stories that Bill Bryson wrote during his nearly 50-year career with the Des Moines Register and Tribune and as a magazine writer. "
Thanks both of you for the references. My glove runneth over.