Book Reviews

Curt Smith is the author of eighteen books on baseball broadcasting and presidential history. His latest work, Memories from the Microphone: A Century of Baseball Broadcasting, is the second in a new Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum series. You can purchase his books at your favorite bookstore or through the “Learn More” links below each book summary.

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Memories from the Microphone

“Curt Smith’s knowledge of the history of baseball broadcasting and its foremost practitioners is unsurpassed.”
  — Bob Costas, 2018 Ford C. Frick Award winner

“[Baseball] Broadcasters are part of your family. . . Thank you, Curt Smith, for bringing them to life–for me to remember, for everyone to enjoy!”
  — Suzyn Waldman, New York Yankees broadcaster

“Another quintessential Curt Smith book, another tape-measure grand slam.”
  — Ed Randall, host of
Talking Baseball and Remember When on SiriusXM Radio

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The Presidents and the Pastime: The History of Baseball and the White House

“An exhaustive look at the relationship between the chief executive of the United States and baseball.”
  — Kirkus Reviews

“Cultural history at its best and storytelling the way we love it.”
   — John Zogby, Founder Zogby Poll

“Add this book to what you love about baseball, politics, or both.”
  — Bruce DuMont, Host Beyond the Beltway

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George H.W. Bush: Character at the Core

“Values matter. Character counts.
That is the message at the heart of this excellent book.”
  — William Gavin, Author Speechwright

“An endearing look at the 41st President – and what Smith calls his ‘poetry of the heart.’”
  — Kirkus Reviews

“Masterfully written and meticulously researched.”
  — Tom DeFrank, Author Write It When I’m Gone

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“A grand evocation of the history of the Red Sox. Truly remarkable broadcast history.”
  — Paul Dickson, Author Leo Durocher

“We’ve had lots of books about the Sox. This one takes it to a whole new level.”
  — Michael Dukakis

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A Talk in the Park

“Another tour de force from baseball’s Boswell.”
  — New York Daily News

“Baseball broadcasting’s top chronicler knows a good story when he hears one.”
  — New York Post

“Smith has knocked it out of the park again.”
  — USA Today

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Pull Up A Chair

“Smith has as much a mastery of the English language as Vin Scully.”
Rochester Democrat & Chronicle

“The admitted Scullyologist details baseball’s richest voice.”
— Richard Deitsch,

“A seemingly effortless and beautiful synchronicity between author and subject.”

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The Voice

“I was happily returned to my youth, Ballantine Blasts, and ‘How About That!'”
— Former Commissioner Fay Vincent

“Smith masterfully chronicles Mel Allen’s fascinating life.”
— Tigers broadcaster Ernie Harwell

“A definitive and amazing book.”
— Giants Voice Jon Miller

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Voices of Summer

Voices of Summer

“Smith is a superb, even nonpareil,  baseball historian.”
Houston Chronicle

“Great fodder for hot stove debate.”
Baseball Bookshelf

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What Baseball Means To Me

“This 270-page coffee table book should be mandatory reading.”
  — Los Angeles Times

“A marvelous book, it connects on so many levels.”
  — NBC broadcaster Bob Costas

“A refreshing grand slam.”
  — Ft. Worth Star-Telegram

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Storied Stadiums

“A marvelous passage through time.”

“A wonderful piece of cultural recovery.”
Cincinnati Enquirer

“Fascinating stories… The definitive history to every ballpark.”
Los Angeles Times

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Our House

“This evocative book captures the soul of Fenway Park.”
  — Gannett News Service

“Curt Smith has outdone himself.”
  — Baseball Weekly

  — Red Sox Voice Joe Castiglione

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Windows on the White House

“Invaluable to a knowledge of presidential libraries.”
— Former CBS White House correspondent Bob Pierpoint

“Fascinating… Curt Smith writes with exquisite detail.”
— Matthew Rees, The Weekly Standard


Of Mikes and Men

“A touchdown pass.”
USA Today

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The Red Sox Fan’s Little Book of Wisdom

“Fascinating, and depressing!”
  — Hartford Courant

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The Storytellers

“An unbeatable lineup.”
  — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

“One of Smith’s best works.”
  — Detroit Free Press

“Terrific stories.”
  — Baseball America

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Voices of The Game

“Monumental. The definitive work in its field.”
Publisher’s Weekly

“Extraordinarily entertaining.”
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

“A must for any baseball library.”
The Sporting News

Long Time Gone

“Wonderfully evocative and beautifully written.”
  — National Review

“A tender memoir of coming to maturity in the 1970s.”
  — TIME Columnist Hugh Sidey

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America’s Dizzy Dean

“Hard and true.”
  — New York Post columnist Maury Allen

“Humorously entertaining. Belongs in the Hall of Fame.”
  — Christian Science Monitor

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