Join Eric Gray for an evening of personal baseball stories as told by some of the sport's most ardent lovers and avid fans.
"What is your favorite memory connected to baseball?" is the simple question asked by author Eric Gray. With over 1250 tales collected from around the world, it became evident that one volume of stories would not be enough. Backyards to Ballparks: More Personal Baseball Stories From the Stands and Beyond is the second volume of stories, following Bases to Bleachers. The memories contained with in demonstrate why baseball remains the American pastime, how it connects friends, families, communities. These memories, all have baseball as a setting, but speak to how baseball provides joy and anguish, nourishes family traditions, creates friendships and can have a profound impact on people's lives.
Eric Gray is originally from Plainview, New York, and earned his Bachelor of Arts from SUNY New Paltz. In 1974, he came to San Francisco, began a thirty-nine-year career at the U.S. Department of Labor, met his future wife Lynn Rhodes, and never moved back to New York. His hobbies include rock and roll, following politics, playing and watching baseball and basketball, hiking, and hanging out with friends and family. He and his wife have two children, Rachel and David. All are baseball fans.
"What is your favorite memory connected to baseball?" is the simple question asked by author Eric Gray that launched the book Bases to Bleachers, a collection of personal memories. With over 1250 tales collected from around the world, it became evident that one volume of stories would not be enough. And they kept coming.
One day during an afternoon at the ball park, author Eric Gray asked his wife, daughter, and friend to identify their favorite game that they had been to. Little did he know, that simple question would soon take on a life of its own.