The Sons of Slabtown & Tales of Westside Sports by Donald R. Nelson; 2016; $25.00; 145 pages;DNelsonbooks, Portland, OR; 978-0976282396; purchased from the author at the Oregon Oldtimers & Active Association Banquet; 2/18/17-2/21/17
Why did I read this? Because I am interested in baseball and the city I live in.
The audience for this book is probably very limited. This is the story of the neighborhood in Northwest Portland that produced some major league baseball players, chief among them Boston Red Sox icon Johnny Pesky. There were several other players that made major league rosters and had cups of coffee in the majors. It is an interesting history of a neighborhood from the beginning of the twentieth century to mid century. Living here there is much that was very interesting and several old timers that I have met including Vince Pesky, who signed my copy the night I purchased it. Also John Leovich who I got to visit with on the Oregon Coast at his restaurant. This is actually a scrapbook with captions.