I received a copy of I Remember When: A Collection of Memories from Baseball’s Biggest Fans by Abe Schear largely by happy accident. Frank of TTT fame knows the author. He asked if I would be willing to have a copy sent my way. (Hint: the answer to this question is always yes.) He mentioned that the book was self-published, which can often be a red flag for impending suck-itude. However, I am happy to report that I am very glad to have this book in my mitts – as it were.
As the title suggests, the book is a collection of oral histories collected by the author. The subjects are principally the locally (Atlanta) famous. The names include Leo Mazzone, Stan Kasten, Tom Glavine, President Jimmy Carter, Mike Mills (R.E.M.), Senator Zell Miller, Skip Carey, et al. It’s a handsome volume, big and coffee-table sized. I’m about halfway through, but I am infatuated with this book. I’m also completely envious of the various people that Schear was able to get to talk with him about baseball.
I should mention that the proceeds of the book benefit the baseball charity The Baseball Assistance Trust. It’s a great gift for the baseball lover generally and Atlanta baseball fans in particular. I’ve got my copy, but if BGB’s Dr J is on your shopping list (or if you’d like to pick one up for yourself) visit the I Remember When web site. The author will be kicking off the Decatur Book Festival next weekend with a discussion of baseball and the Braves at 10:00 Saturday in the Decatur Library Conference Room. I assume that books will be on hand and that the author will be signing copies.
OMG! The Decatur Book Festival is Labor Day Weekend, and I haven’t written a thing about it. I’ll get on that ASAP. Come back tomorrow for the definitive BGB guide to the book fest…