Author Event - Home Team: The Turbulent History of the San Francisco Giant with Rob Garrat

The Avid Reader is excited to welcome at University of Puget Sound professor, Robert F. Garratt for a reading, discussion, and signing of “Home Team: The Turbulent History of the San Francisco Giant” on Saturday, August 19th at 7:30 p.m.

Home Team starts in October 1954, when Willie Mays, in full flight, made an over-the-shoulder catch for the New York Giants that brought the screaming crowd at the World Series game in Upper Manhattan to its feet. The legendary moment ushered the Giants to a brilliant sweep of the series. It was a moment when the future for the New York Major League Baseball team and its fans looked bright indeed.

However, what followed was not what the team’s affable owner, Horace Stoneham, hoped for. In 1957, faced by a growing array of empty seats and a realization that the aging Polo Grounds stadium was failing to meet fans’ needs, Stoneham decided to move to San Francisco.

Over the ensuing five decades, a moving and remarkable story unfolded—a story told by Garratt with the intimacy of a fan and the faithfulness of a scholar. The Giants’ topsy-turvy relationship with its new city, the later ill-fated trade of Willie Mays, and Stoneham’s final realization that he could no longer afford the team—only to see the new owners take the Giants to the top of the league once again—are portrayed over 260 highly readable pages.

From ballpark, to boardroom, to courtroom, it was an erratic road before the Giants finally made it to the point where they could legitimately lay claim to the book’s title—as the city of San Francisco’s home team.

Robert F. Garratt is emeritus professor of English and humanities at University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington. He has published books and articles on modern Irish literature, including the recent Trauma and History in the Irish Novel: The Return of the Dead. His baseball articles have appeared in NINE: A Journal of Baseball History and Culture and the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) Baseball Biography Project.

Event date: 
Saturday, August 19, 2017 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm
Event address: 
The Avid Reader
617 2nd St.
Davis, CA 95616
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ISBN: 9780803286832
Availability: Backordered
Published: University of Nebraska Press - April 1st, 2017