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NPR Driveway Moments - Baseball
24 Baseball stories 2 CDs
HighBridge Audio 2008

Fans of the game will enjoy the 2 CD set NPR Driveway Moments Baseball but it is not as good as it could have been. Still, there are excellent moments here and even a serious baseball fan will discover a few things.

The concept behind the NPR Driveway Moments series is stories that were so interesting people stayed in their car until the story they were listening to was over. Here, the stories are too short to have that effect. This is this collection's Achilles heel.

The really good moments, such as the story of Mamie "Peanut" Johnson the first female pitcher in the Negro League or the story of Neal Conan's year as a play-by-play announcer for a very minor league team are not long enough to tell the whole story and leave too many unknowns to really get the listener involved and satisfied.

24 baseball stories on 2 CDs is a bit too much. Some of the tales, like the segments about Mickey Mantle, Roberto Clemente, Jackie Robinson's rookie year, or Hank Aaron breaking Babe Ruth's record, have oft and better been told.

This collection includes couple of failed prospects such as Baseball, Apple Pie and Steroids an atrocious poem of sorts by NPR commentator Bill Littlefield (little field indeed) and the much too facile Ballpark Names Fail to Impress by Paul Schersten -he even repeats the micro -soft Bill Gates question.

Generally though this is a decent collection.

Other great Baseball titles:

 Bottom of the Ninth - Great documentary about a minor league team's season. Full Review

 Spaceman - A Baseball Odyssey  The Bill Lee story.

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