The Fifth Season: Tales of My Life in Baseball

Rather, Honig finds the ironies of life on and off the field. Mar 06, Rob Neyer rated it really liked it. There are a few draggy spots where Honig recounts monosyllabic, non-illuminating, off-the-cuff interviews with old ballplayers, but for the most part this is a lovely book about Honig's lifelong devotion to baseball and it's old-time heroes. I shouldn't have waited to long to read it. Claire Hall rated it it was amazing May 17, Kate rated it it was amazing Jan 23, Chris Flieger rated it liked it Aug 02, Julie rated it it was amazing Dec 30, Ken rated it liked it Feb 22, Darrel rated it really liked it Dec 29, John rated it it was ok Jun 08, Larry V rated it really liked it Mar 31, Ron Antonucci rated it really liked it Oct 26, Joe rated it really liked it Aug 03, Donna rated it really liked it Sep 13, Robert rated it it was ok Jun 23, Kathy Fredrickson marked it as to-read Mar 04, Alex marked it as to-read Jan 10, Ron Kaplan added it Jun 22, Cindy marked it as to-read Feb 19, Robert Dooner added it May 24, Exapno Mapcase added it Mar 05, Jonathan Reimer marked it as to-read Apr 22, Gmccs added it Jul 10, Scott Williams marked it as to-read Jun 07, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

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Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. I have been a baseball fan since I can remember, so, I'm always looking for a great story about the National Pastime. Let's get right to it shall we? The basic story line revolves around Howie Traveler.

Tales of My Life in Baseball

Jay winds-up getting himself in a bit of a problem with a female visitor and Howie is the lone witness to the apparent misconduct. Howie is the a typical old school manger who after years of working through the minor leagues gets his chance at the big show.

But the cost has been heavy. His children grew-up and moved on as the game kept him on the road and away from a stable family life.

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In the end, even his wife of over thirty years hangs up her cleats and moves to brighter fields or at least, more tentative ones. It is the reality of the sport. It's obvious the author is a man who has spent many hours in the trenches talking with players and doing his best to get the inside scoop on how a manger thinks and how his players react to his managing decisions. This was very enlightening and educational. I truly enjoyed the play-by-play accounts.

Now, as I read through many of the reviews, I was surprised no one made mention of the discombobulated time line permeating through the whole story. This is the major flaw in the story. I went back several times to validate this claim. Trust me, it's there.

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Donald Honig has written a number of novels but is best known for his books about baseball, including The Image of Their Greatness, Baseball When the Grass. The Fifth Season has 14 ratings and 2 reviews. S.M.. said: An honest appraisal by a writer of his fascination with the history and folklore of baseball a.

It's really a mess. In the early going it's a bit distracting, but not over the top. Towards the end of the story it's impossible to understand how all of the events tie together.

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Howie is sitting in his room in Baltimore talking to his daughter about Jay's misconduct hoping the weather will break for a make-up game tomorrow, while Jay is resting in his tub, at the Waldorf, after losing game seven of the World Series to the Yankees. How does this happen? Well, Howie's waiting to hear about a make-up game while Jay is nursing his groin injury from game seven of the World Series.

How did this happen? Another problem was the writing style at times.

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DeFord is an acclaimed sports writer. The writing style mimics a newspaper column at times. Instead of a good flowing story, it bogs down in mediocrity as the author continually stresses points that are better left alone. This is a book and not a story line that requires "X" amount of words per column.

It was all but unsatisfying. Look, there is a good story here, but it needs a serious time line overhaul and it wouldn't hurt to go back and reformat the story. Storyline 4 Organization 2 Writing style 4 Formatting 2. The Entitled, by Frank Deford, begins with Howie Traveler, who had spent a lifetime in baseball as an unimpressive player and then as a long-time coach and manager in the minor leagues. He finally landed a major league manager position with the Cleveland Indians when he was in his mid-fifties. Unfortunately, he expects to be fired at the end of his second season with the Indians.

However, before that unfolds, Deford takes the reader through a wonderful story that reveals the life stories of Howie Traveler and his star player, Jay Alcazar, along with the development of their complex relationship with each other. In addition, the reader experiences how much the game of baseball demands from those who struggle for success as players and as coaches and managers in the minor leagues and then in the major league.

Howie's dedication and endurance are inspirational, but his perseverance cost him and his family a difficult price. I really liked this book. Deford is an adept storyteller. He includes very colorful and interesting characters that struggle with personal challenges. He also incorporates much informative discussion about baseball and its implications for players, coaches, managers, and even sports writers into the story. If you love baseball, you should definitely read this book.

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Even if you don't care about baseball, I would still encourage you to read this engrossing story. This is the first book that I have bought that was written by Frank Deford. I had read many articles by him in the past and wanted to see what his writing style was like in book form.