Green Fields of Home: Giamatti, Baseball, and the Immigrant Experience

I lived in New Haven for three years in the early 2000s. Many things from that time have stuck with me. One vivid memory is Randall Balmer paraphrasing Bart Giamatti’s insight about baseball and the immigrant experience both being quests for home.

In this piece from 2011, Lia Petridis Maiello talks to Lawrence Baldassaro about his book on the concept.

I was reminded today about the card Donruss put out in 1990 when Giamatti passed, and of his great “Green Fields of the Mind.” I knew the brilliant actor, Paul, was his son, but I never really realized how young Bart was when he died. I was 10 in 1990, which means I’m 40 now. 51 probably seemed ancient to me not that long ago.

Related: Everything I Know About Postmodernism I Learned from the Phillies, a piece of mine at Hobart.

Baseball Is America: Lia Petridis Maiello talks to Lawrence Baldassaro about Baseball and the Italian-American Experience

When I was in divinity school, Randall Balmer paraphrased Bart Giamatti’s prescient insight about baseball and the immigrant experience both being quests (even spiritual quests) for home. That always stuck with me. In this piece from 2011, Lia Petridis Maiello talks to Lawrence Baldassaro about his book on the concept.