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I Was A Champion Then is a collection of short stories by Alfred A. Meyer collected from Christopher’s father’s mass of writings he found after Alfred had passed away. They are fiction stories that center on baseball, love, and family. The collection also offers some insight from the son to the father, as he writes introductions to many of the short stories to provide some insight into their inspiration.
This collection of short stories is clearly a testament to the love a son has for his father, and an appreciation of his writing, which Christopher chose to publish. It’s a quick read, as none of the stories are very long and some of them span only a paragraph or two. They include stories about Christopher, various baseball legends, and some are about love, too. The short stories are gathered out of a clear love for his father, and they’re enjoyable to read, especially if one is a fan of baseball and all that baseball entails.
I Was A Champion Then is a good read for anyone who enjoys short stories that are family-centric and good-hearted in nature. It’s refreshing to see a parallel drawn between family and baseball. The strongest story in the book is “Beckett at the Ballpark” which is a story about Alfred’s young son playing softball and how amusing it is when the children involved in the league don’t seem that interested in retrieving an outfield ball. It’s a humorous love letter to baseball and family, and it’s clear that the author, whether father or son, has a definite love of the topics he’s writing on; from laying asphalt to legendary baseball player Enos Slaughter. It’s definitely recommended for those who love a good family story and those readers who have a preference for collections of short stories.
Diana Jennifer is a native Tucsonan with a passion for Netflix and for staying indoors as often as possible. She has no degree, but she’s pretty good at reading and sometimes she remembers how to write. Some of her favorite genres to read are fantasy, horror, and science-fiction. She is an unabashed lover of Daryl Hall and John Oates (yes, she can go for that). She works as a banker for a local call center and is always looking for ways to make the perfect cup of coffee. Her biggest goals in life are to keep the tank of gas in her car filled up and win the war against the bugs.
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