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No Cheering in the Press Box

KEEPERS OF THE GAME A Valuable Addition To Baseball Oral History

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Jerome Holtzman’s “No Cheering in the Press Box” has long been one of my favorite books. Initially published in 1973 and expanded in 1995, “No Cheering” offered oral history at its best, combining insight into the daily life of sportswriters while placing their craft in the context of their times. In his new book, Keepers of the Game, Dennis D’Agostino aspires to follow in the formidable footsteps of the late Holtzman, the pride of Chicago sports journalism and baseball’s first official historian. After reading his 23 interviews with sportswriters from New York to Los Angeles and San Francisco, Boston and Baltimore to Cincinnati and Chicago, and Atlanta to St. Louis and Denver, I am happy to report that “Keepers of…

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