Kinsella at the Bat

Long before author William Patrick Kinsella ever dreamt about baseball in Iowa cornfields, he was a stimulus-starved child growing up in rural Alberta. What he lacked in local events and community activities as a homeschooled farm kid near Darwell – 75 kilometres northwest of Edmonton – Kinsella made up for using his imagination. 

That creativity served him well as a writer, as William Steele notes in his new biography, Going the Distance: The Life and Works of W.P. Kinsella. The book provides a comprehensive look at the man made famous for his 1982 novel Shoeless Joe, which was the basis of the seminal baseball movie Field of Dreams. 

Here is an excerpt from Going the Distance …

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Chasing Perfection

Nobody’s perfect.

Perfection, they say, is a myth.

That’s where Rich Walker comes in. When the Edmonton Prospects’ pitcher took the mound at Shell Place in Fort McMurray on June 29th, he unleashed a flawless performance on the Giants. 

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The Howse Rules

His name comes from a legendary Montreal Canadiens’ goaltender, and his brother was once a highly touted Flames’ prospect.

But Dryden Howse is all baseball.

We caught up with Alberta’s 2017 Bantam AAA Player of the Year.

Find out what he had to say.

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The Basepath Not Taken

The pursuit of baseball can take a person down several different roads. 

For an elite few, it can result in a professional playing career. For others, it may find them paying forward what they know as a coach. For most though, the detour is more pronounced.

For Global Edmonton anchor Kent Morrison he went from playing baseball, to coaching ball, to telling baseball stories.

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