My father, Bill Guilfoile, was a baseball executive for 40 years with the
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The Glory of Their Times by Lawrence Ritter (1966) Ritter was an economics professor from
No Cheering in the Press Box by Jerome Holtzman (1974) Jerry Holtzman was a revered baseball writer for the
Veeck as in Wreck by
The Iowa Baseball Confederacy by W.P. Kinsella (1986) Kinsella is best known for "Shoeless Joe," the source for the classic movie "Field of Dreams." I think Dad preferred this novel, the story of a man's search to prove that a mythical, 2,000-inning game between the Chicago Cubs and an amateur team from Iowa really took place back in 1908. I'm sure it's the only work of magical realism my father ever read, and it's a blast for any baseball fan.
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