This Valentine’s Day, the hearts of devoted Phillies fans are hovering somewhere over Clearwater, Florida, where spring training begins for Phils pitchers and catchers. The local blog, High Cheese reports that Brett Myers and Ryan Madson are sporting "Winning Starts Now" t-shirts. There’s always hope.
While baseball lovers (at least those not jaded by a string of steroid scandal headlines) dream of going all the way, the historians among them may turn back to earlier glories and bittersweet heartbreaks. Fortunately, we at Penn Press are ready to fulfill those desires with our spring line up of books.
Neil Lanctot’s award-winning Negro League Baseball: The Rise and Ruin of a Black Institution will be released in paperback this month. In the forthcoming Almost a Dynasty, sports journalist William C. Kashatus details the rise and fall of the 1980 World Champion Phillies. In March, Penn Press will offer an additional special treat for baseball history buffs, an Almost a Dynasty trivia contest.
Who says baseball love always goes unrequited?