#Shortstops: Bisher’s Book
Somewhere in Northeast Ohio, Bisher’s legacy also lives on.
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Pulling a plastic chair up to a simulated wood table, I sat down and was quickly transported back in time.
Bisher, a nationally known writer and the sports editor for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, had condensed decades of baseball history into a primer for the young baseball fan. Suddenly, the statistics I had only known via encyclopedic pages came to life via colorful narratives, a variety of quotes – some that I’m sure were at least partially fabricated – and a handful of black-and-white photos.
The stories of the game – which serve history’s connective fibers – were preserved in this seemingly forgotten book. But the memories of these stories stayed with me forever.
“If I have helped the reader learn to enjoy the ‘hot stove’ game,” Bisher wrote in the book’s introduction, “then my purpose has been achieved.”
Bisher passed away in 2012, his purpose fulfilled.
Craig Muder is the director of communications for the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum