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Beating Summer Blues with Baseball

By Irene Vazquez, intern

Summer is in full swing, and with it comes a baseball season full of excitement. Whether you’ve followed every game or just go to the games for the hot dogs, baseball is America’s pasttime, and it’s part of what makes summer so special. While the Houston Astros weren’t anything to shake a stick at for while, many die-hard fans are seeing their commitment pay off.

The Astros are second in the American League West (just behind the Rangers; Texas on top!), and we’re roaring towards (hopefully) another playoff appearance in the fall. At the beginning of July, second baseman Jose Altuve was named a starter to the American League All Star team along with pitcher Will Harris. Will they make their first World Series appearance since Hall-of-Famer Craig Biggio’s days 2005? Only time will tell.

Can’t get to the game? Bright Sky Press has got you covered with fun summer reads about your Houston Astros.

Biggio_cvrA visually compelling story of beloved Astro Craig Biggio, Biggio: The Final Game (photographs by Michael Hart) is a photographic record of Biggio’s final game in front of a record-breaking crowd on September 30, 2007. The book provides a fond recollection of Biggio’s 20 years as an Astro, lending an intimate look on the culmination to an illustrious career. This book inspires and enraptures, and it will make you hope and wonder what legends will emerge from the dugout in years to come.

1939_cvrTalmage Boston’s 1939: Baseball’s Tipping Point is a compelling story of the year of baseball’s centennial, one that would change the game forever. Boston combines coverage of key changes like games broadcast on television and the creation of Little League with narratives of some of baseball’s biggest legends like Joe DiMaggio and Satchel Paige. Though 77 years have passed since that landmark year, Boston immerses the reader in his words, transforming an ordinary book into a true experience.

Parables_cvrFinally, Parables From the Diamond: Meditations for Men on Baseball and Life by Phil Christopher and Glenn Dromgoole provides a more philosophical look at the game we love so well. Each piece begins with a quotation that relates to both baseball and life and delves into advice on important life issues from loyalty to persistence. This book is a must read for any baseball fan and would make an excellent going away gift for student athletes heading to college and beyond this fall. Parables is kind and lends a guiding hand through all of life’s pitches, swings, and misses.

These and more fun baseball reads are available this summer and beyond through Bright Sky Press. Now, play ball!

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