From youth baseball through high school and college, and even for those who go on to professional careers, we are typically playing the game with and against those close to our age. The same is true for those of us who have continued to play baseball into our 40s, 50s, and 60s and even into our 70s and 80s--those of us who view baseball as a life-sport.
The senior baseball community is designed to be played in age brackets to make the competition as even as possible and to aid in the enjoyment of the experience. We continue Playing Baseball with "Kids" Our Own Age.
Author Alan Spector, at age 76, continues to play in the older age divisions of his local league and of winter tournaments in warm-weather locations. His first book, Baseball: Never Too Old to Play "The" Game, was published in 2007. In the 15 years since, he has added the perspective of aging further through the senior baseball experience to this, his 11th book. Although he brings his personal experience to this new book, he also shares the stories and insights of many other older players.
If you are a player, a fan of a senior player, or just a pure baseball enthusiast, you'll appreciate Playing Baseball with "Kids" Our Own Age. You'll learn about why we continue to play and what it takes to create the league and tournament playing opportunities. You’ll learn how players and their supportive fans view the game with its joys and with the reality of the effects of aging.. And you’ll learn about the importance of the lasting and vivid memories of games played, both recent and past.
You'll be exploring a vibrant corner of the world of baseball and in doing so, you'll better understand how the game you love affects our culture, the impact it has on our lives, and why there are those who continue Playing Baseball with "Kids" Our Own Age.
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Al Spector's father put a baseball and bat in his hands as soon as he could grip them, and Al has not been far from the game ever since. His baseball journey now takes him around the country and the world. Yet Al is not alone. As many of the 125,000 players over the age of 30 (many in their 40s, 50s, 60s and beyond) still play the game of their youth in local leagues, national and international tournaments, and major league fantasy camps.
Baseball: Never Too Old to Play "The" Game captures the essential challenge of playing baseball and growing older at the same time. Spector takes you along on his life journey from sandlot games, through a youthful playing career, to organized senior baseball.
The book is about baseball in its purest sense. It honors and addresses the role the game plays in relationships, our culture, and our lives. If you are a player or a fan, male or female, who can relate to baseball in a personal way, this book is for you.