Deadball Reviews

Here’s what people are saying about Deadball:


“David Stinson’s new book Deadball, is a breath of fresh air for buffs of Baltimore baseball heritage. His lacing of historical persons, places, and events into his fictitious ballpark sojourn is well crafted and a pure delight to read. I urge him to write another!”

Mike Gibbons
Executive Director
Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum


“Deadball is about the magical intersection of memory and mystery, a place where the crack of the bat and the shouts of the crowd mingle with the bricks and mortar of vanished ballparks. It’s about trying to turn a double into a triple and about trying to turn a barely-held memory into a tangible artifact. Someone once said you can’t go home again. But you can. That’s the whole point of baseball, after all – and of David Stinson’s beguiling new novel.”

John Kelly
The Washington Post


Deadball is “engaging.” An “entertaining and bittersweet story.”

Ron Kaplan
Ron Kaplan’s Baseball Bookshelf
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“I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It has increased my interest in the parks that have long disappeared, and took me back to my childhood to the park where I grew up watching games that is long gone. It’s a journey to the past that engages the reader opening your mind to possibilities that are often overlooked. . . . I give this book a full 5 gloves. Pick it up and I think you’ll find yourself rooting for Byron “Bitty” Bennett like I did.”

Eric Bynum
Baseball Journeyman
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Deadball is “A Pilgrimage to the Past.” “Stinson’s style is straightforward and casual, as if he’s just along for the ride, too, not even in control of what happens next . . . . Is the payoff worth it? Yes. Absolutely. Read it and discover the connections for yourself.”

Gabriel Schechter
Never Too Much Baseball and Seamheads
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Deadball keeps the reader guessing about what its main character is going to think, find or see next on his theological journey through baseball lore. This novel is unlike any other baseball book in that it does a good job of combining past truths such as the history of well-known ballparks from beginning of the 20th century with fictional occurrences such as the story of Bennett’s  life and the visions which have come to him.”

Bill Jordan
Baseball Reflections
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Read about Deadball in the November 2011 edition of the SABR Biography Committee Newsletter:  SABR Biography Committee Newsletter November 2011