James Reston, Jr.

Collision at Home Plate: The Lives of Pete Rose and Bart Giamatti

Collision at Home Plate is a dual biography of Pete Rose, the uncouth but great ballplayer who suffered disgrace and imprisonment and Bart Giamatti, the baseball commissioner so deeply shaken and bruised by the Rose scandal that he died a week after it was made public. This is the definitive book on one of the most traumatic and tragic episodes in the history of modern sports.

The postscript of the book, "Of Fame and Honor," is an elaboration of Reston's op ed piece in the New York Times, July 8, 1991, in which he states his position on Pete Rose and the Hall of Fame. Reston believes that the greatness of Rose's career and the scandal of his banishment from baseball should be fully represented in the museum section of Cooperstown, but having disgraced himself and the game, that Rose is not entitled to be honored with a plaque in the Hall of Fame itself.

Selected Works

History, Crusades
"Remarkably intimate and engagingly detailed."
--Kirkus Reviews
"Splendid and thrilling....a wonderfully told story."
--The New York Times Book Review
Biography
"It is the triumph of the book that Reston himself is able to offer a convincing imitation of a Renaissance man-stepping beyond the Arts/Science dichotomy of the 20th century to tell the story of a society where not only were science and religion regarded as the same side of the coin, but in which their union made sense....a brilliant biography."
--The Washington Post Book World
History
"Sifting through court poems, Norse sagas, Hungarian folk takes,....Reston constructs a colorful and dramatic story."
--The New York Times Book Review
History of Sport
A dual biography of the great, but flawed hit leader in major league baseball and the former Yale President and Baseball Commissioner who banned Rose from baseball for betting