Branch Rickey

Baseball books in play

Baseball books in play

Ah, the sounds of spring. The crack of the bat, the smack of the ball hitting the catcher's mitt, the ka-ching of cash registers totaling up sales of books on baseball out this season.

Just as ESPN seems to lean toward the American League East for broadcasts, book publishers this season also are looking in that direction, especially to the Boston Red Sox, the New York Yankees and — surprisingly — the Tampa Bay Rays.

Citizens of Red Sox Nation may find the team's unlikeliest of heroes in knuckleballer Tim Wakefield and his book "Knuckler: My Life With Baseball's Most Confounding Pitch" (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). Those who view a trip to Fenway Park as a...

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