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Bats, Balls, and Hollywood Stars.

Bats, Balls, and Hollywood Stars

Joe Siegman

Educator's International Press

c/o International Specialized Book Services

920 Northeast 58th Avenue, Suite 300, Portland, OR, 97213

www.isbs.com

9781891928468, $34.95, 126pp, www.amazon.com

Synopsis: Only one big league baseball club, the LA Dodgers, had an annual Hollywood Stars Night exhibition game. Over the years, other major league and minor league teams have produced their own celebrity ball games from time to time, with varying levels of success. Nonetheless, no other ball clubs, majors or minors, had been able to successfully sustain their celebrity game event over a period of years such as the LA Dodgers have. And, no other team (major league, minor league, and most prominently in recent years, MLB's All Star Game celebrity event) had been able to consistently deliver the impressive rosters of motion picture, TV, and live entertainment celebrities who suited up year after year at Dodgers Stadium for Hollywood Stars Night. "Bats, Balls, and Hollywood Stars: Hollywood's Love Affair with Baseball" includes some of the stories and backstage tales that made Hollywood Stars Night a Los Angeles Dodgers tradition for nearly 60 years. Filled with nostalgic memories captured in words and photographs, "Bats, Balls, and Hollywood Stars: Hollywood's Love Affair with Baseball" brings baseball and celebrity together and commemorates a Hollywood twist to our national pastime.

Critique: Expertly written and impressively researched, "Bats, Balls, and Hollywood Stars: Hollywood's Love Affair with Baseball" will have immense appeal for baseball enthusiasts in general, and LA Dodger fans in particular. Profusely illustrated throughout with black-and-white period photography, "Bats, Balls, and Hollywood Stars: Hollywood's Love Affair with Baseball" is enhanced with the inclusion of a list of the 'Most Notable Celebrities by Decade' and 'Hollywood Stars Night 1964-2003'. "Bats, Balls, and Hollywood Stars: Hollywood's Love Affair with Baseball" will prove to be an enduringly popular addition to community library American History and Sports History collections.

Michael Dunford

Reviewer

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Author:Dunford, Michael
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Date:Jan 1, 2015
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