Zach, 25, only played baseball for three years. His parents were divorced, and he didn’t really have anyone around to teach him the game. More than a decade later, he bought season tickets to the Pirates. This is why he did that. Follow the book project on Facebook, Instagram, or subscribe to the CATCH mailing […]
Liam Coghlan, 26, is facing the end of his baseball career after an ACL injury in college. Because of that, he started Diamond and a Dream at The Vandal, an organization that will use baseball to help teach kids about life. Still, I asked went through his head when the doctor’s told him he might […]
Florence Freedom player Taylor Oldham has a background you don’t normally find in professional baseball: He was home schooled. That means baseball was his Physical Education class. That also meant he wasn’t sure exactly how good he was. Until the first day of Little League tryouts.
Catch isn’t really about baseball. That’s a red herring. A red herring I happen to love, but a red herring none the less. The book is really about something much deeper. The game isn’t just a metaphor for life. It’s the conduit through which fathers teach their sons.
When I was just around nine or ten, I broke my arm before a big playoff game. And by “big” I mean either tee-ball or coach pitch. And by “playoff game” I mean last games of the season. My dad asked the doctor to place my cast below the elbow and above my wrist so I could keep playing.
Growing up, baseball was at the center of my life. My friends Jimmy, Greg, and I constructed so many different ways to play the game. By using the game on the back of the 1979 baseball cards, to Strat-o-matic, MicroLeague Baseball, and a variety of in-person games played in garages and basements.
Catch: An Oral History is a yearlong writing experiment in which I’m going ask people to tell me stories about how baseball has shaped the relationships that have with people in their lives. Here’s how it will work: I’ll interview people from across the country, transcribe what they say, do some light editing to make sure it’s coherent, and let them tell you their story.