Play ball! Through the words of one of the premier baseball essayists, Roger Angell, our next season of the Literature of Baseball explores the ten-year period from 1962-1971. His first book of selected essays, The Summer Game (Bison Books, 2004) will be our main resource. According to Goodreads, the book is “Thoughtful, funny, appreciative of the elegance of the game and the passions invested by players and fans, it goes beyond the usual sports reporter’s beat to examine baseball’s complex place in our American psyche.” Each week we relive this decade of baseball by discussing one or two of his critically acclaimed essays. We will supplement these with outside readings and videos regarding high and low points in baseball over this same time span, such as the bittersweet seasons of 1967 and 1969. Of course, we will also engage in weekly discussions on timely topics in baseball, from Spring Training through early June, as, regardless of which team we each root for, hope springs eternal!