Reviews

Here’s what people are saying about Deadball:


“David Stinson’s new book Deadball, is a breath of fresh air for buffs of Baltimore baseball heritage. His lacing of historical persons, places, and events into his fictitious ballpark sojourn is well crafted and a pure delight to read. I urge him to write another!”

Mike Gibbons
Executive Director
Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum


“David Stinson accomplished his mission. I read. I learned. I experienced. I thought. I questioned the baseball past and start[ed] looking to my baseball future. I am. Therefore baseball is the answer. The Metaphysics of Baseball. Welcome to Deadball.”

Jonathan Hacohen
MLB Reports
Click HERE for Hacohen’s complete review.


“Deadball is about the magical intersection of memory and mystery, a place where the crack of the bat and the shouts of the crowd mingle with the bricks and mortar of vanished ballparks. It’s about trying to turn a double into a triple and about trying to turn a barely-held memory into a tangible artifact. Someone once said you can’t go home again. But you can. That’s the whole point of baseball, after all – and of David Stinson’s beguiling new novel.”

John Kelly
The Washington Post


Deadball is “engaging.” An “entertaining and bittersweet story.”

Ron Kaplan
Ron Kaplan’s Baseball Bookshelf
Click HERE for Kaplan’s complete review.


“The memories of those great games in history still remain. “Deadball” is an original novel from David B. Stinson as he explores the history of baseball and the cities those teams called home, as ball player and ball lover Byron Bennett finds the history he knew lived on in ways he couldn’t quite fully understand, as spirits of the past approach him in many locations. “Deadball” is a riveting read for fans of baseball and its long and storied history.

Midwest Book Review, May 2012
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“I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It has increased my interest in the parks that have long disappeared, and took me back to my childhood to the park where I grew up watching games that is long gone. It’s a journey to the past that engages the reader opening your mind to possibilities that are often overlooked. . . . I give this book a full 5 gloves. Pick it up and I think you’ll find yourself rooting for Byron “Bitty” Bennett like I did.”

Eric Bynum
Baseball Journeyman
Click HERE for Bynum’s complete review.


Deadball is “A Pilgrimage to the Past.” “Stinson’s style is straightforward and casual, as if he’s just along for the ride, too, not even in control of what happens next . . . . Is the payoff worth it? Yes. Absolutely. Read it and discover the connections for yourself.”

Gabriel Schechter
Never Too Much Baseball and Seamheads
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Deadball keeps the reader guessing about what its main character is going to think, find or see next on his theological journey through baseball lore. This novel is unlike any other baseball book in that it does a good job of combining past truths such as the history of well-known ballparks from beginning of the 20th century with fictional occurrences such as the story of Bennett’s  life and the visions which have come to him.”

Bill Jordan
Baseball Reflections
Click HERE for Jordan’s complete review.


Deadball, A Metaphysical Baseball Novel [is]  about a minor league player possessed by visions of baseball greats gone by. Driven to the point of obsession, he begins traveling the country to see for himself the vanished stadiums and places that made baseball history. A novel thriller, the book also incorporates plenty of baseball history that fans will appreciate and enjoy.”

Smithsonian Magazine Blog
Click HERE to read the Smithsonian’s blog entry.


Deadball “takes the reader on a journey to long forgotten baseball parks and the memorable players who played in them.”

William K. Olivier
What We Are Reading
American Bar Association Judicial Division Record
Click HERE for Olivier’s complete review.


Deadball is “fun.” A “good sports book to take to the beach.”

Jim Bransfield
Monday Musings
The Middletown Press

Click HERE for Bransfield’s complete review.


Read about Deadball in the November 2011 edition of the SABR Biography Committee Newsletter:  SABR Biography Committee Newsletter November 2011

4 Responses to 'Reviews'

  1. Steven Carlson says:

    Dead Ball, it’s not a fantasy. It exists, I was there. Loved this book!  Kudos David. 

    Steve Carlson

    • David Stinson David Stinson says:

      Hello Steve

      Glad to hear you enjoyed Deadball and that, like Byron Bennett, you too are a true believer. As Matty O’Boyle said “To understand, first you have to believe.”

      DBS

  2. Al Sizer says:

    Good afternoon David,
    I purchased your book at the Smithsonian in Washington in October. I am from a city 4 hrs. north of Toronto. I read the 1st chapter in an airport in Toronto Canada and then left the book until yesterday. I finished it 5 min.ago.
    I thouroughly enjoyed the reading from start to end. Great stories about great individuals and ballparks!
    Since we met, my Jays have done a lot of dealing and I hope this year’s version will also add coveted baseball history – the city needs another Joe Carter homerun.
    Excellent job
    Al Sizer
    Sudbury Canada

    • David Stinson David Stinson says:

      Hello Al

      Thanks much for the post. I am glad to hear you enjoyed Deadball. I’ve been to Ottawa and Toronto for baseball games and enjoyed visiting both cities. Is there any professional/independent baseball close to Sudbury? Any nearby lost ballpark sites?

      As an Orioles fan, I must say that I it appears that the Jays are going to be quite a force to be reckoned with next season. As a fan of the game, I wish your team luck.

      DBS

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