A tapestry of uplifting stories in which fathers and sons share the game…
Almost two hundred father-son pairs have played in the big leagues. Kevin Cook takes us inside the clubhouses, homes, and lives of many of the greats.
In visiting these legendary families, Cook discovers that ball-playing families are a lot like our own. Dan Haren regrets the long road trips that keep him from his kids. Ike Davis and his father, a former Yankee, debate whether Ike should pitch or play first base. Buddy Bell leads a generation of big-leaguers determined to open their workplace — the clubhouse — to their kids.
Framing “The Dad Report” is the story of Kevin Cook’s own father, Art Cook, a minor-league pitcher, a loveable rogue with a wicked screwball. In Art’s later years, Kevin phoned him almost every night to talk baseball. They called those nightly conversations “the Dad Report.” In time, Kevin came to see that these conversations were about much more than the game. That’s what this book is about: the way fathers and sons talk baseball as a way of talking about everything — courage, fear, fun, family, morality, and mortality.
Join Kevin Cook on June 18th for our special Father’s Day week Clubhouse conversation…
RSVP required to attend.
Autographed and personalized copies of “The Dad Report” will be available for purchase. The author will sign only books purchased in the Clubhouse.
An award-winning sportswriter and former senior editor at “Sports Illustrated,” Kevin Cook is the author of “Titanic Thompson,” “Tommy’s Honor,” and “Kitty Genovese.”