Reading Haunted Baseball: Ghosts, Curses, Legends, and Eerie Events was certainly a little bit off the beaten path of the normal baseball book I read and review, however I think that's something that originally attracted me to reviewing it. I've been known to have an interest in things that are "unexplainable" and definitely think that at worst case scenario it's fun to think about.
I think that's one of the funnest parts about reading this book, the actual thinking about seeing the ghost of a famous ballplayer of the past. Does the book make you a believer in ghosts? Not even close. Is it the best book I've ever read? Nope. But it is a fun read, and in between baseball specters and ghouls there's a lot of baseball history crammed into here, which is something I never will pass up. There's quite a few Red Sox references in here as well as numerous other ballclubs. They go from Spring Training facilities to ball parks to hotels, and each chapter seems new and fun.
Some of the stories seem a little forced and unnecessarily, however in general the theme of the book wins out which makes it a quick and enjoyable read. I mean come on we're talking ghosts and baseball here, if Field of Dreams proved anything, it proved that those two for whatever reason are a magical combo, and there certainly is magic at times between these pages.
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