Cut4 Library: 'The Dad Report: Fathers, Sons, and Baseball Families'
Cut4 Library: 'The Dad Report'
Hey, remember this scene from "Beauty and the Beast?"
Now imagine that every single one of those books is about America's pastime. Since that library is basically a Mobius strip of printed material, we're here to guide you through it. When we find a fascinating baseball book, you'll be the first to know. Today: "The Dad Report."
Despite the title, Kevin Cook's newest book is not a CIA-style dossier on dad bods across baseball. The subtitle, "Father, Sons, and Baseball Families" clarifies things a bit. You know the Griffeys, the Bonds and the Ripkens, but do you know who the first father-son pair in baseball was? Flip through "Dad Report" and you'll find out.
Cook traces the history of fathers and sons in baseball all the way from the 1882 until, well, now. In addition to exploring his own father's Minor League career, he closely tracks Ron and Ike Davis' travels through the sport and investigates the reason Michael Jordan gave this a try:
So, if you're interested in the literal family tree of baseball, this book is for you. Pick it up for Father's Day (immediately! you have mere moments left.), or one of the other holidays Cook describes: