the Heap is not just a
metaphor of excellence, but a literal description.
I don’t collect baseball cards or uniforms or autographs or
other memorabilia, and quite frankly I don’t understand those
who do. But I do collect the sentences and paragraphs that provide the
language of this game; the words vibrate between my ears in a way
nothing else does. Ever since I was a kid I’ve stashed away
the newspapers and magazines that spoke to me, and I have the nightmare
of a basement, contact lenses, an understanding spouse, and the
occasional bad back to prove it.
at first by accident and more recently by plan, have often been the
subject of this passion. Several years ago I realized that this book
already existed, that it lay buried somewhere in those piles of paper.
To create Top of
the Heap I culled through
that collection, supplemented by suggestions and submissions from some
trusted colleagues to make sure I hadn’t missed anything
essential. While other anthologies of this type have tended to exhaust
the same familiar material again and again or to favor book excerpts
over work from other sources, I wanted this volume to be not only
better but different. So with only a few exceptions, I have chosen not
to reprint work too well known, instead giving prominence to writing
from newspapers, magazines, and other sources.
from the Introduction by Glenn Stout
Top of the Heap
A Yankees Collection
by Glenn Stout