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On April 18, 1981, a ball game sprang eternal. What began as a modestly attended minor-league game between the Pawtucket Red Sox and the Rochester Red Wings became not only the longest ever played in baseball history, but something else entirely. The first pitch was thrown after dusk on Holy Saturday, and for the next eight hours the night seemed to suspend its participants between their collective pasts and futures, between their collective sorrows and joys—the ballplayers; the umpires; Pawtucket’s ejected manager, peering through a hole in the backstop; the sportswriters and broadcasters; a few stalwart fans shivering in the cold.

With Bottom of the 33rd, celebrated New York Times journalist Dan Barry has written a lyrical meditation on small-town lives, minor-league dreams, and the elements of time and community that conspired one fateful night to produce a baseball game seemingly without end. Bottom of the 33rd captures the sport’s essence: the purity of purpose, the crazy adherence to rules, the commitment of both players and fans. This genre-bending book, a reportorial triumph, portrays the myriad lives held in the night’s unrelenting grip. Consider, for instance, the team owner determined to revivify a decrepit stadium, built atop a swampy bog, or the batboy approaching manhood, nervous and earnest, or the umpire with a new family and a new home, or the wives watching or waiting up, listening to a radio broadcast slip into giddy exhaustion. Consider the small city of Pawtucket itself, its ghosts and relics, and the players, two destined for the Hall of Fame (Cal Ripken and Wade Boggs), a few to play only briefly or forgettably in the big leagues, and the many stuck in minor-league purgatory, duty bound and loyal to the game.

An unforgettable portrait of ambition and endurance, Bottom of the 33rd is the rare sports book that changes the way we perceive America’s pastime, and America’s past.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Pitch-perfect.”

    Gay Talese, New York Times bestselling author of The Silent Season of a Hero

  • “What a book—an exquisite exercise in storytelling, democracy, and myth-making that has, at its center, a great respect for the symphony of voices that make up America.”

    Colum McCann, New York Times bestselling author

  • “A worthy companion to Roger Kahn's classic Boys of Summer…Barry, like Mr. Kahn, exploits the power of memory and nostalgia with literary grace and journalistic exactitude. He blends a vivid, moment-by-moment re-creation of the game with what happens to its participants in the next 30 years.”

    New York Times

  • “A fascinating, beautifully told story…In the hands of Barry, a national correspondent for the New York Times, this marathon of duty, loyalty, misery and folly becomes a riveting narrative…The book feels like Our Town on the diamond.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “An all-angle take on the longest, and surely the strangest, game in baseball history…Barry’s wonderful story richly inspires. Destined to take its place among the classics of baseball literature.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Niko05 | 6/30/2011

    " One of the best baseball books I have read.. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Brian | 6/17/2011

    " Another great book - my "summer reading list" is rocking so far. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Daniel | 6/11/2011

    " Instantly joins the pantheon of greatest baseball books ever written. Probably third on my list after The Glory of Their Times and Shoeless Joe. Bottom of the 33rd is brilliant. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Clewis53 | 5/22/2011

    " Probably enough meat for a long New Yorker article, but quite a stretch over 300+ pages. I was skimming by the 8th inning. "

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