I reviewed Ben Bradlee Jr.’s The Kid: The Immortal Life of Ted Williams for the San Francisco Chronicle.
"This is a beautifully created and lyrical look at a year in the life of minor-league baseball team and the factory town in Iowa. The story of the 2010 Clinton LumberKings belongs on your sports bookshelf. It will remain on mine. NOTABLE"
"This is a story you haven’t heard before... Mann’s baseball writing is a revelation."
"Lucas Mann’s Class A: Baseball in the Middle of Everywhere is turning out to be the sleeper favorite in the new baseball book season."
"A Grand Slam... Lucas writes about the Clinton fans and the players... with affection, passion and poignancy, in this deft portrayal of a slice of America. He knocks it out of the ballpark with ease."
"If you love baseball and care about men who struggle and yearn, you will love this gritty portrait of minor league players as they perform in a battered, polluted Iowa town that has suffered its own hope and disappointment. Lucas Mann writes with fluid introspection and disturbing honesty."
The stylish gents over at Four Pins let me write an absurd little piece about beards…
I have worn a beard since I was nineteen years old. At the beginning, the beard only covered my neck, the occasional pubey tuft appearing up over the curve of my chin, a rogue wave at low tide. Still, it was better than the alternative.