By Edwin Amenta
It occurs each summer season: packs of beer-bellied males with gloves and aluminum bats, placing their middle-aged our bodies to the attempt at the softball diamond. For a few, this each year ritual is pushed by way of an easy wish to get pleasure from an excellent ballgame; for others, it’s the way to forge friendships—and rivalries. yet for one brief, wild-haired, bespectacled professor, enjoying softball in New York’s imperative Park capacity plenty extra. it truly is one final likelihood to heal the nagging wounds of Little League trauma prior to the rust of decline and the relentless obligations of fatherhood set in.
Professor Baseball is the coming-of-middle-age tale of latest York collage professor and Little League benchwarmer Edwin Amenta. As rookie supervisor of the acting Arts Softball League’s doormat Sharkeys, he reverses softball’s traditional brawn-over-brains formulation. He coaxes his skeptical teammates to persist with his sabermetric and sociological method, dependent both on invoice James and Max Weber, which within the heady days of early good fortune he dubs “Eddy Ball.” yet Amenta quickly learns that his teammates’ attachments to favourite positions and well-known (if useless) thoughts are difficult to break—especially whilst the staff starts off wasting. And even though he rejects the baseball-as-life metaphor, lifestyles retains intruding on his softball season. Amenta right here comes to grips with the humiliation of assisted replica, suffers mysterious diseases, and unearths himself lingering on the sponsor’s bar, whereas his associate, a stunning yet baseball-challenged professor, second-guesses his e-book within the making. Can he flip his team—and his life—around?
Packed with colourful personalities, dramatic video games, and the bustle of latest York lifestyles, Professor Baseball will attraction somebody who has ever root, root, rooted for the underdog.