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'1921: The Yankees, the Giants, & the Battle for Baseball Supremacy in New York'
'1921: The Yankees, the Giants, & the Battle for Baseball Supremacy in New York'

In 1970, a journeyman pitcher published a memoir with an innocuous subtitle: "My Life and Hard Times Throwing the Knuckleball in the Big Leagues." Written by Jim Bouton (with help from sportswriter Leonard Shecter), "Ball Four" took readers to a heretofore verboten place, offering a controversial, inside-the-bullpen glimpse of drinking, womanizing and drug use in the major leagues. Bouton was just one of a murderer's row of authors who were simultaneously establishing a brand new territory of contemporary baseball lit. Consider: Robert Coover's "The Universal Baseball Association, Inc." (1968), the first "Baseball Encyclopedia" (1969),...

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