Podres Hoak Campanella

* AP PHOTO RE-RUN* Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher Johnny Podres is lifted by catcher Roy Campanella (39) after final out of seventh and deciding game of the World Series at Yankee Stadium in New York City on Oct. 4, 1955. Running toward them is third baseman Don Hoak. Podres held the Yankees to eight scattered hits for a 2-0 victory and gave Brooklyn its first baseball championship in eight World Series. (AP Photo) ORG XMIT: APHS147 ** (Associated Press / December 31, 1969)

My favorite is a children's book called "Keeping Score" by Linda Sue Park. Taking place in Brooklyn in the 1950s, this story focuses on 9-year-old Maggie (named for Joe DiMaggio) and her love for the Brooklyn Dodgers. Maggie learns several important lessons about life, including how to keep box scores and how to be a good friend to a local boy serving in the Korean War. A great portrait of a time and place — and a wonderful intro to box scores for this non-fan of baseball.

— Melissa Henderson, Libertyville

My favorite focuses on a sport that no longer claims public attention as it did in the era portrayed in the book: "Seabiscuit" by Laura Hillenbrand. A failed jockey, a down-on-his-luck trainer and (an) undistinguished horse combine to create a perfect storm in the 1930s world of horse racing.

— Joan Colby, Elgin

My Top 10: Jon Krakauer's "Into Thin Air"; Bill Buford's "Among the Thugs"; John Feinstein's "A Season on the Brink"; H.G. Bissinger's "Friday Night Lights"; Lance Armstrong and Sally Jenkins' "It's Not About the Bike"; Michael Lewis' "Moneyball"; Andre Agassi's "Open"; Nick Hornby's "Fever Pitch"; Bill Bradley's "Life on the Run"; David Halberstam's "The Breaks of the Game."

— Charlie Gofen, Chicago

"A River Runs Through It"

— Don Sheu, Seattle

"Infinite Jest"

— J. Edgar Mihelic, Morgantown, W.V.

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