Baseball stories mix into town stories mix into stories about love, about shenanigans, about specific moments when everybody in a neighborhood that doesn’t really exist anymore would go from house to house, stopping to sit on lawn chairs out by the street, every door open, the nights endless.
With Class A: Baseball in the Middle of Everywhere Lucas Mann weaves a season, and in passing references, beyond the season, of real life people and their stories as he reveals the intimate relationship between a baseball team, the Clinton LumberKings and the town it has played in for nearly 60 years, Clinton, Iowa.
The result is a mixture of biography, autobiography, and personal journal as Mann talks about the players- their hopes, dreams, failures, and success at a lower level of minor league play; the core of fans who support the team season in and season out and whose chronicles and memorabilia show a love of a team that has stayed constant though the life and death of loved ones and friends as well as the state of Clinton itself amid the town’s ups and downs. In fact to me it becomes as much a story about Clinton the town as it does Clinton the team.
Overall I liked this book but at times Mann would switch settings and time frames that made it hard to follow. The ending left me up in the air though I think that the references to the unseen buffaloes at the out of the way Buffalo Bill’s farm serve as a symbolic reminder of the talent that has come and gone through Clinton. But it was an interesting read.
I rate this book as a ‘good’ read.
Note: I was given an uncorrected proof via the Amazon Vine review program in exchange for a review. I was not required to write a positive review.