Earlier this month, I received a very interesting book from MVP Books called "Boston Red Sox and The Meaning of Life." It is a book of wonderful photos of the rich history of the Red Sox, and it is combined with many great quotes that accompany each photo.
This book was right up my alley, as I am a great lover of quotes, as you can see by the top of my blog. I feature a famous quote which I change every once in a while. There are quotes not only from Red Sox players, many whom you would expect, like Bill Lee, Ted Williams, Pedro Martinez and Kevin Millar, but it also includes some from such immortal names as William Shakespeare, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Dale Carnegie. (As John Cheever once said, "All literary men are Red Sox fans.") The quotes run the gamut, from the ones that make you laugh out loud to the special and poignant.
The book chronicles the long history of the club, going back to its founding in 1901, with many great pictures from the Red Sox dynasty of the 1910s. Every quote and photo also includes a brief synobsis. (And I am glad it was pointed out that the trade of Babe Ruth in 1920 to finance a play called "No No Nanette" was a myth.)
"The Meaning of Life" not only chronicles the superstars of Red Sox history, but also some of those overlooked players in the team's history, like Harry Hooper, Larry Gardner and Ernie Shore.
There are over 200 photos in the 400 page book that was edited by Mark Rucker. It will be released May 15th and will be available in bookstores everywhere (it maybe in some stores now). Check out the web site www.mvpbooks.com for more information. This is definitely a terrific book for fans like myself who treasure not just the team history, but the many characters that have passed through the portals of America's Most Beloved Ballpark.
And watch the top of my blog for more of their great quotes throughout this season.