Beginning in 1946, a then eight-year-old George Higgins, accompanied by father and grandfather, began taking the long train ride out to Fenway Park to find some truth in immortals like Doerr, DiMaggio, York, and Williams, and later, Yastremski, Marty Barrett, and many more. This is a book about baseball and about the Boston Red Sox; but that is only part of the story. Beyond the games, the book turns on thoughts about family and continuity and, of course, the progress of the seasons. There’s a magical moment when Higgins calls on his own mythic Emily to check the all-time lineup with his deceased forebears. By then, you’ve come to know what the author’s values have in common with those in Our Town, and why certain professional athletes achieve immortality and others don’t. The Progress of the Seasons confirms what admirers of the author’s sparkling accurate prose already know: Higgins is to writing what Ted Williams was to baseball, an all-star.
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“In this affecting memoir, with prose as sharp as a live-drive single, Higgins shows how his love of baseball is matched only by his love of his father and grandfather, men who introduced him to the game forty year earlier. Ian Esmo reads with care, maintaining a steady pace.”