From sandlots to major league stands, two fans set out to recapture their love of the game.
By the end of the 2016 season, Dale Jacobs and Heidi LM Jacobs both finally admitted to themselves and to each other that they were losing interest in the Tigers and, consequently, in baseball itself—a thread that had not only connected the two of them, but brought them together with their families and with their own histories as well. They weren’t sure what they were missing, but they had an idea where it might be found: in their own backyard. Drawing a radius of one hundred miles around their home in Windsor, Ontario, Heidi and Dale set a goal of seeing fifty games within that circle in one summer, a schedule that took them across southwestern Ontario and into Michigan and Ohio, from bleachers behind high schools, to manicured university turf, to the steep concrete stands of major league parks. 100 Miles of Baseball is the story of their rediscovery of their love of the game—and with it their relationships, and the region they call home.
Praise for 100 Miles of Baseball
“Dale Jacobs and Heidi LM Jacobs wrote this book to renew their love of baseball, and reading it will renew yours. Together they successfully capture the ritual, romanticism, and enduring beauty of this beloved game, with a back-to-basics approach that will appeal to self-proclaimed experts and perceived outsiders alike. At its core, 100 Miles of Baseball is about endurance, nostalgia, hope, and gratitude, and is a book that handily affirms the game’s very best rule–that baseball is for everyone.”—Stacey May Fowles, author of Baseball Life Advice
Praise for Dale Jacobs
“Like all the best poets, Jacobs sets the truth to music.”—Judy Schultz
“Dale Jacobs writes a poetry of the real … His is both a lived and lived-in poetry, meditative, its gentle voice filled nevertheless with urgency, savoring each finely-imaged moment, thirsting for the new, reclaiming the past that is always slipping from view.”—Stephen C. Behrendt
Praise for Heidi LM Jacobs
“Heidi LM Jacobs nails it. Molly of the Mall relentlessly, hilariously conveys the ennui felt by anyone who has ever read a book and then gone to the mall … Wicked good fun.”—Kit Dobson
“I am positively besotted by Heidi LM Jacobs’ debut novel, Molly of the Mall, which I kind of suspect was written just for me.”—Kerry Clare