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A Talk in the Park
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Curt Smith is a senior lecturer of English at the University of Rochester, a GateHouse Media columnist, and the author of sixteen books, including the classic Voices of the Game. He has written for such publications as Newsweek, the New York Times, and the Washington Post and has been named to the prestigious Judson Welliver Society of former Presidential Speechwriters.

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"The author s newest work is a pure, unadulterated pleasure: an adult gift for that kid in so many of us who grew up glued to the words that wafted from baseball s broadcast booth. It amounts to an epic of oral history." Paul Dickson, author of "The Presidents Game" "Curt Smith has added to his bundle of superb books on baseball broadcasting. Baseball is perfect for storytelling: there s always plenty of time to say what you want in the course of a game. These stories will make you marvel. If you love baseball, this book is for you." Pat Hughes, Chicago Cubs radio announcer "Curt Smith has authored classic books like "Voices of the Game," forged ESPN TV and Smithsonian Institution programs, and written more speeches than anyone for President George H. W. Bush. His latest work includes more Voices than in any sports book, ever. Amazing. Bruce DuMont, president, National Radio Hall of Fame--Bruce DuMont" "Curt Smith has gone deep again over the wall into the game s broadcasting essence telling stories. With a ball in play as little as eight minutes in a three-hour game, filling dead spots with anecdotes is essential. With our nomadic lifestyle, these terrific stories involve happenings on and off the field." Joe Castiglione, Boston Red Sox radio announcer--Joe Castiglione" "Baseball is a game of stories. This book includes hundreds of baseball tales from dozens of well-known broadcasters. Your favorite players are all in here. This book will delight all those who cherish our game. You will laugh, smile, grimace, and even groan. But you will be sad only when it ends."--Fay Vincent, former Major League Baseball commissioner--Fay Vincent "Curt Smith has gone deep again--over the wall into the game's broadcasting essence--telling stories. With a ball in play as little as eight minutes in a three-hour game, filling dead spots with anecdotes is essential. With our nomadic lifestyle, these terrific stories involve happenings on and off the field."--Joe Castiglione, Boston Red Sox radio announcer--Joe Castiglione -Baseball is a game of stories. This book includes hundreds of baseball tales from dozens of well-known broadcasters. Your favorite players are all in here. This book will delight all those who cherish our game. You will laugh, smile, grimace, and even groan. But you will be sad only when it ends.---Fay Vincent, former Major League Baseball commissioner--Fay Vincent -Curt Smith has gone deep again--over the wall into the game's broadcasting essence--telling stories. With a ball in play as little as eight minutes in a three-hour game, filling dead spots with anecdotes is essential. With our nomadic lifestyle, these terrific stories involve happenings on and off the field.---Joe Castiglione, Boston Red Sox radio announcer--Joe Castiglione -We've listened to announcers as they've brought baseball to life on the air. Now we get to revel in the stories we've often never heard them tell--until now. Curt Smith has knocked it out of the park again.---Christine Brennan, USA Today--Christine Brennan -USA Today - -Curt Smith has authored classic books like Voices of the Game, forged ESPN TV and Smithsonian Institution programs, and written more speeches than anyone for President George H. W. Bush. His latest work includes more Voices than in any sports book, ever. Amazing.---Bruce DuMont, president, National Radio Hall of Fame--Bruce DuMont -Baseball broadcasting's top chronicler knows a good story when he hears one. A Talk in the Park shares great tales from the booth. Who knew that Fenway Park's rough-and-ready fans would serenade Oklahoma-born Joe Simpson with the title song from the Broadway musical that bears his home state's name? Curt Smith did, and now you will, too.---Phil Mushnick, New York Post--Phil Mushnick -New York Post - -Another tour de force from baseball's Boswell. Curt Smith has produced a compelling anecdotal history of the national pastime through the lens of its announcers. This is storytelling at its most masterful--an anecdotist's dream.---Tom DeFrank, New York Daily News--Tom DeFrank -New York Daily News - "We've listened to announcers as they've brought baseball to life on the air. Now we get to revel in the stories we've often never heard them tell--until now. Curt Smith has knocked it out of the park again."--Christine Brennan, USA Today--Christine Brennan "USA Today " "Curt Smith has authored classic books like Voices of the Game, forged ESPN TV and Smithsonian Institution programs, and written more speeches than anyone for President George H. W. Bush. His latest work includes more Voices than in any sports book, ever. Amazing."--Bruce DuMont, president, National Radio Hall of Fame--Bruce DuMont "Baseball broadcasting's top chronicler knows a good story when he hears one. A Talk in the Park shares great tales from the booth. Who knew that Fenway Park's rough-and-ready fans would serenade Oklahoma-born Joe Simpson with the title song from the Broadway musical that bears his home state's name? Curt Smith did, and now you will, too."--Phil Mushnick, New York Post--Phil Mushnick "New York Post " "Another tour de force from baseball's Boswell. Curt Smith has produced a compelling anecdotal history of the national pastime through the lens of its announcers. This is storytelling at its most masterful--an anecdotist's dream."--Tom DeFrank, New York Daily News--Tom DeFrank "New York Daily News " "We ve listened to announcers as they ve brought baseball to life on the air. Now we get to revel in the stories we ve often never heard them tell until now. Curt Smith has knocked it out of the park again." Christine Brennan, USA Today--Christine Brennan "USA Today "" "Baseball broadcasting s top chronicler knows a good story when he hears one. A Talk in the Park shares great tales from the booth. Who knew that Fenway Park s rough-and-ready fans would serenade Oklahoma-born Joe Simpson with the title song from the Broadway musical that bears his home state s name? Curt Smith did, and now you will, too. Phil Mushnick, New York Post--Phil Mushnick "New York Post "" "Another tour de force from baseball s Boswell. Curt Smith has produced a compelling anecdotal history of the national pastime through the lens of its announcers. This is storytelling at its most masterful an anecdotist s dream." Tom DeFrank, New York Daily News--Tom DeFrank "New York Daily News ""

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