Wait Until Next Year

Now that I”m finished with Andy Murray and tennis — until the French Open comes along, anyway — I’m reminded of my favorite sports memoir:  WAIT UNTIL NEXT YEAR, by Doris Kearns Goodwin.

It’s about baseball.  And it’s not about baseball.  The way a good memoir should be.  I stopped following baseball during the strike of 1994-95 when the parks went dark for 900+ games, including the 1994 post-season.  By the time players and management came together and got on with it, we got steroids and Canseco and Bonds and Sosa and McGwuire, et al.  I was at AT&T Park when Bonds hit a huge homer and I refused to stand.  All it did was make me mad.  F-ing steroids.

But I still read this book.  This incredible book.  Whether you’re a baseball fan or not doesn’t matter in the least — if you read this memoir, you will fall in love with her story, her loves, her family, her town, and the lost era it represents.


7 thoughts on “Wait Until Next Year

  1. lisahgolden

    My To Read list grows! I haven’t read any of her work and I think this would be a good place to start. I watch some baseball, but more importantly baseball represents so much and is part of so many memories. I’m glad you posted this. I wouldn’t have thought to go looking for this.

  2. amyg

    i love doris; how did i miss this book?

    and, let me just add, that cover is gorgeous. good book cover art makes me happy.

    thanks for the heads up on this one.

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