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The Reading Life: The nine best baseball books

The Reading Life: The nine best baseball books

Five years ago, on the eve of the 2006 baseball season, I put together a list of nine favorite baseball books — one for each inning, one for every player on the field. Such a list was not meant to be definitive (how could it be?), but since then I've looked back at it periodically and thought about the books that are there and the books that are not. What would I change? What would I add or subtract?

On my list, you won't find perhaps the most celebrated baseball book of the last 50 years, Roger Kahn's "The Boys of Summer," because I don't like it very much. It's too sentimental, too sugary, when the Brooklyn Dodgers teams Kahn describes were anything but. You won't...

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