Baseball Book Review – Let’s Play Ball
Let’s Play Ball by Linda Gould is a novel that I read, for free, on my Nook.
The overall story is a tale about a Cuban-born baseball player, his wifel and her sister. The ballplayer is kidnapped immediately following his team’s loss in the National League Championship Series. His wife is a well-known investigative sports journalist.
The novel itself is decent, but it play a little bit too much on the Hispanic players vs. white players card. As a rabid baseball fan, I find very little apparent racism in the game, and the overt racism that this book addresses seems more necessary in the 1970s and 1980s than today.
The book’s inability to use MLB teamnames (the only three teams named are the Washington Filibusters, the Florida Keys, and the New York Broadways) doesn’t sit very well with me either. Ibelieve that if a writer eants to use professional sports teams, then she should go out of her way to get Major League Baseball’s permission to call the teams the Nationals, the Marlins, and the Yankees. I mean, it was ibvious that that is who these teams were.
Overall, for what I paid, Let’s Play Ball was worth it. The baseball scenes were fairly well written, but too much of the story took place away from the baseball diamond for me. If you can get a free copy, go ahead and grab it. If not, well, I might not spend any money on this story when it could be spent on a different baseball novel.