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.