Unlimited [Memoir Book] ↠ The Final Season: Fathers, Sons, and One Last Season in a Classic American Ballpark - by Tom Stanton ↠

By Tom Stanton | Comments: ( 163 ) | Date: ( Feb 19, 2020 )

Maybe your dad took you to ball games at Fenway, Wrigley, or Ebbets Maybe the two of you watched broadcasts from Yankee Stadium or Candlestick Park, or listened as Red Barber or Vin Scully called the plays on radio Or maybe he coached your team or just played catch with you in the yard Chances are good that if you re a baseball fan, your dad had something to do with it Maybe your dad took you to ball games at Fenway, Wrigley, or Ebbets Maybe the two of you watched broadcasts from Yankee Stadium or Candlestick Park, or listened as Red Barber or Vin Scully called the plays on radio Or maybe he coached your team or just played catch with you in the yard Chances are good that if you re a baseball fan, your dad had something to do with it and your thoughts of the sport evoke thoughts of him If so, you will treasure The Final Season, a poignant true story about baseball and heroes, family and forgiveness, doubts and dreams, and a place that brings them all together.Growing up in the 60s and 70s, Tom Stanton lived for his Detroit Tigers When Tiger Stadium began its 88th and final season, he vowed to attend all 81 home games in order to explore his attachment to the place where four generations of his family have shared baseball Join him as he encounters idols, conjures decades past, and discovers the mysteries of a park where Cobb and Ruth played Come along and sit beside Al Kaline on the dugout bench, eat popcorn with El Leonard, hear Alice Cooper s confessions, soak up the warmth of Ernie Harwell, see McGwire and Ripken up close, and meet Chicken Legs Rau, Bleacher Pete, Al the Usher, and a parade of fans who are anything but ordinary By the autumn of his odyssey, Stanton comes to realize that his anguish isn t just about the loss of a beloved ballpark but about his dad s mortality, for at the heart of this story is the love between fathers and sons a theme that resonates with baseball fans of all ages.


  • Title: The Final Season: Fathers, Sons, and One Last Season in a Classic American Ballpark
  • Author: Tom Stanton
  • ISBN: 9780312291563
  • Page: 237
  • Format: Paperback

About Author:

Tom Stanton

Dear Readers I feel fortunate to have been writing professionally since age 18, beginning back in the final year of Jimmy Carter s presidency, when I sported a poorly executed, Peter Frampton inspired perm Decades on, my hair is gone, but writing remains central to my life I ve been a reporter, editor, publisher and, recently, an author and journalism professor Go University of Detroit Mercy Titans If you know me for my books, it s likely for the Tiger Stadium memoir The Final Season, the Quill Award finalist Ty and The Babe or the feverishly publicized Hank Aaron and the Home Run That Changed America My forthcoming book is Terror in the City of Champions, a true story set in mid 1930s Detroit.OK, enough of the formal stuff Some things you might be interested to know Elton John s music has been a big part of my life since Bennie and the Jets, which is no excuse for accidentally setting off one of his legendary tantrums backstage one evening My fault I drink too many Tim Hortons Ice Caps The three biggest thrills to come my way due to book writing going with El Leonard to a Detroit Tigers baseball game, hearing Alec Baldwin read an excerpt from one of my books on television and receiving an unexpected phone call from one of my favorite authors, Pat Conroy My eternally kind wife and I care for four feral cats Pumpkin, Sox, Frisco and Panther who dictate our schedule When I travel, I inevitably wind up searching out bookstores and libraries We probably have that in common One of my uncles, Edward Stanton, was a photographer in Detroit in the 1930s, and his shots of black Detroit can be found here reuther.wayne image tid 1983



Comments The Final Season: Fathers, Sons, and One Last Season in a Classic American Ballpark

  • Kathy

    This is a book written about the final season played at Tiger Stadium, in Detroit, MI. The field closed in 1999 and Tom Stanton (a journalist) decided that he was going to attend all 81 home games with his father and his family.Although my daughter and I live at least 100 miles from Detroit, we make it a point to get to a Tiger's game at least once a year. Therefore, we were also there that "final season." They played badly that year, but that wasn't really why we were there. We were there for t [...]


  • Sherrie

    This is a good book about a Tigers' fan who attends every home game of the last season in which baseball was played at the old Tiger Stadium, intertwined with stories about his family. I would think it would have a fairly limited audience. I, of course, loved it. Because my dad taught me to love baseball and the Tigers. Because he taught me to keep score, which I still do at every game. Because I remember transistor radios. Because I loved Tiger Stadium. Because Al Kaline was my hero growing up. [...]


  • John

    If you grew up listening to Ernie Harwell on the transistor under your pillow at night, or watching Al Kaline chase down a ball to the corner then peg a throw to the plate on a fly, or believing that the corner of Michigan and Trumball was a baseball mecca, then this book will make you smile a thousand times and cry two or three. If you are not a Tiger fan, it's a sweet read about the meaning of family and connections (but probably only 3 stars). Either way it's worth the time.


  • David Culver

    Also available on my blog at dfculverblogsStanton’s The Final Season took longer for me to complete than I anticipated, however this was due to my own busy schedule, more than anything on his part.Stanton dances between memoir and documentary as he chronicles the Tiger’s last season at Tiger Stadium (Navin Field, Briggs Stadium) before moving over to Comerica Park.Part of the power his tale is how Stanton delves into his family’s rich history with the Tiger’s organization. From his grand [...]


  • Sean Kottke

    This is a can't-miss memoir for Tigers' fans who have fond memories of Tiger Stadium, as well as anyone whose team and civic loyalty was passed down through the DNA of multiple generations. That spirit blossomed later for me than for many, but its roots are the same. Of course, one's passion for this memoir will depend on one's love of the Tigers and/or Detroit, but Stanton builds his account of Tiger Stadium's final season through vignettes of people from all walks of life whose paths crossed a [...]


  • Thomas

    Tom Stanton's THE FINAL SEASON is a finely written and evocative account of the author's experience in attending all 81 home games of the Detroit Tigers' 1999 baseball season--the final year that the team played in Tiger Stadium. The book is about much more than baseball. Stanton attends most of the games with his father, a lifelong Tigers' fan, and the book reveals how rooting for a particular team--especially a team that is connected to the traditions and history of a neighborhood and city--is [...]


  • Jim Kulhawy

    Good, but not great, book on the final season at Tiger Stadium. The author takes us on an emotional family journey on what the Tigers, and Tiger Stadium, meant to him and his family throughout his life. He aquires press credentials for the full season and writes a re-cap, that is interwoven, with familial anecdotes, about what the stadium meant to him. This book struck a note with me as I had just gone through this with the closing, and subsequent demolition, of Yankee Stadium with my father and [...]


  • Tom Gase

    A good book on the Detroit Tigers last year (1999) in Tiger Stadium. The author, Tom Stanton goes to all 81 games during the year, but the book is less on the play-by-play of those games and more about how each day conjures past memories of the ball park, mostly with his family. It's a quick read at around 240 pages with a lot of pictures. I read it in about two days. Tiger fans and baseball fans will enjoy. Book made me miss my Dad and I'm glad I was able to go the stadium once in 1993.


  • Peter Tutak

    An enjoyable read for any baseball fan who appreciates not only the history of the game, but has experienced the threads that sport can create within a family. The author uses the final season of the Detroit Tigers playing at Tiger Stadium to reflect on the stadium, the community it created, and how the team played a role in his family life for several generations. The final chapter is particularly touching.


  • Matt

    An interesting account of the final season at Tiger Stadium. The author attends all 81 home games. He uses the pages to detail people who work in and around the stadium, his family history and it's love of baseball. He includes the final score and his impressions of every game during the last season. This book provided me with the inspiration to embark on a similar project of my own.


  • C.E.

    Nice book, aptly titled. Tiger Stadium, like any great, traditional old ballpark was as much about a ritual shared between fathers and sons as it was about baseball. Stanton captures this dimension of the stadium as well as many great stories about behind-the-scenes characters, history and the traditions that made the corner of Michigan and Trumbell so special for so many people.


  • Shannon McCook

    Was a really good read. Moving and touching about the final season at Tiger stadium. A gem of a book that I will reread every beginning of baseball season! If you are A Tiger's fan - read this book!


  • Ryan

    A must read for any Tigers fan born before 1990 (i.e. anyone who remembers attending a game at Tiger Stadium with their dad). My dad and I both read this when we were in Lakeland, FL for Tigers spring training and couldn't put it down.


  • Richard Canale

    feel good baseball book about connecting generations through baseball. Tiger Stadium is one of the main characters in this memoir. For baseball fans in winter who pine for connection to the game.


  • Grindy Stone

    Sentimental without being mawkish, and very well-written. Must-read for anyone with a fondness for old sports stadia.


  • N

    Perfectly nostalgic. I miss this stadium.


  • 63alfred

    A must read for all Tiger fans


  • Matt Russelburg

    Every tiger Fan should read this book.


  • Mark

    Nice memoir of a year spent going to every Tigers home game.


  • SteveR

    If you're a Tigers fan, from Detroit or remember Tiger Stadium, read this book. It will bring back memories.


  • Robert

    Great read for capturing the sentiment embodied in the true baseball fan.


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