In 1984, the longtime sportswriter for the Washington Post, Thomas Boswell, collected a series of articles he had written on baseball into a book he titled Why Time Begins on Opening Day. Among other things, Boswell’s title seems to imply that, whatever the difficulties and hardships that might be dogging us, the return of baseball each spring promises that something better is on the horizon. The rituals and stability associated with the game help us to look forward with optimism. Considering the present state of affairs, perhaps baseball is needed more than ever in 2019!
My lifelong love of reading got me thinking about the books that were most helpful to me in the classroom. Consequently, I’ve been asking myself the question ‘what would a list of my top ten history books look like?’