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From the #1 nationally bestselling author of A Good Walk Spoiled and A Season on the Brink

John Feinstein is one of the most influential sportswriters of the last three decades. In his masterful new book, Where Nobody Knows Your Name, Feinstein delivers a fascinating account of the mysterious proving ground of America’s national pastime, pulling back the veil on the minor leagues of baseball.

Where Nobody Knows Your Name takes readers inside the gritty, no-frills, high-stakes world of Triple-A baseball, which serves simultaneously as a launching pad for superstar careers and as a crash-landing pad for stars who have fallen. Introducing us to eight men—two pitchers, three position players, two managers, and one umpire—Feinstein tells the riveting stories of those who are on the cusp of greatness … and those who have toiled and come so close, just waiting for the call from the big-league teams that will make their dreams a reality.

From Raleigh to Lehigh Valley, from Indianapolis to Pawtucket, Feinstein gets to the heart of the human stories in a uniquely compelling way, giving readers an intimate look at a baseball world not normally seen.

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  • “In his nonfiction books and teen novels, Washington Post and Sporting News columnist John Feinstein has again and again proven his ability to offer readers a human view of sports. Baseball’s minor leagues, where many strive but few succeed, seems tailor-made for such a personal approach. Where Nobody Knows Your Name focuses on eight occupants of Triple-A, the highest rung before the majors but also the arena where former stars make their last hurrah. Feinstein’s subjects are not all players: Two are managers and one is an umpire; but the plights and promise of all these strivers strikes us as gripping.”

    Barnes&Noble.com, editorial review

  • John Feinstein, one of our best-known sportswriters, explores…baseball’s International League, one of the two AAA leagues, just below the majors….With many of us counting down to opening day, this is a fitting time for a book whose subtitle might well be ‘hope springs eternal — every spring.’ The Washington Post
  • [P]oignant … [2013] marked the 25th anniversary of ‘Bull Durham,’ and I’m pretty sure a lot of people still think that's how things go in the minors. Mr. Feinstein clears the perspective on the realities of minor-league life so that the reader can move on from Nuke LaLoosh imagery. And for the average baseball fan, this is no minor accomplishment. The Wall Street Journal
     
  • [T]errific…[R]eading this book will make you fall in love with baseball all over again. The Denver Post
  • One of the best sportswriters alive. USA Today
  • Feinstein’s work, like that of the best American sportswriters, is richly detailed and emotionally articulate...Feinstein's storytelling is compelling, his understanding of the structural cruelties and emotional consequences of winner-takes-all competition acute. The Guardian (UK)
  • Feinstein takes readers down the dusty roads of minor league baseball with a vivid look at the players dreaming of a shot at the big leagues. Parade
  • “With firsthand interviews and an omniscient presence, Feinstein chronicles a diverse range of personalities experiencing the grind of a minor league season and sharing an ambition to reach the majors…Feinstein accomplishes more than revealing an aspect of baseball that many fans overlook or relegate to a subsidiary of the major leagues. He presents relatable characters whose dedication and sacrifice create empathy.”

    Library Journal

  • “One of the doyens of the sportswriting world takes on the national pastime with a frenetic road trip to minor league clubhouses and fields where true baseball is played. Longtime sports journalist Feinstein chronicles his tours of the farm clubs for a season to uncover real life in the old ballgame… ‘The most poignant stories in sports are never about the multimillionaires who make their games look easy,’ writes the author, ‘but about the guys who love their games, even though they often fail while playing them.’…Feinstein focuses on the careers of two managers, two outfielders, two pitchers, a designated hitter, and an umpire through the 2012 season in the International League, but his roster is crowded with many others who wear many different uniforms during the summer…A kaleidoscopic insiders’ story of baseball as played by the Durham Bulls, Buffalo Bisons, Lehigh Valley IronPigs, Norfolk Tides, and others like them.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “John Feinstein is no stranger to taking a huge sports topic and breaking it into manageable glimpses for listeners. And count him among the group of authors who succeed at narrating their own words. Being that this is his reporting, he clearly knows the right emphasis and appropriate tones. Here, he opens up the world of minor-league baseball, where players either dream of making it to the big leagues or strive to make it back. He finds an assortment of people—players, managers, an umpire—and alternates between their stories. He does an especially good job of weaving in facts and details (exactly how much does a minor league player make?) while keeping their stories straight. No imitations here, no drawls—just the facts and anecdotes, about ballplayers and their dreams.”

    AudioFile

  • “Feinstein is the most successful sportswriter in America…He has the gift of re-creating events known to us all while infusing them with excitement, even suspense.”

    Wall Street Journal, praise for the author

  • “One of the best sportswriters alive.”

    USA Today, praise for the author

  • A New York Times Bestseller
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