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  • Five nostalgic books on baseball

    My father, Bill Guilfoile, was a baseball executive for 40 years with the New York Yankees, the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Baseball Hall of Fame. He was also a compulsive reader, and it's no surprise that his favorite subject was the game that has probably produced more written words — and certainly more literature — than any sport in history. Dad has Alzheimer's now, so he couldn't compile this list himself. Indeed, he's so diplomatic that I don't know he would have agreed to do it; he'd be too reluctant to leave anyone out. But from the hours and hours he and I spent talking about baseball and books, I can make a list of five classic works I know he loved dearly. 
  • 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'...

    Small Wonders: The fragrance that lasts forever

    Editor's note: While Patrick Caneday takes some time off, we’re running some of his choices for re-publication. This column was first published Jan. 9, 2010. I caught the wife in bed with another man last week. I can't really blame her, though....

    Ex-O's GM Hemond honored with O'Neil Award at Cooperstown

    Ex-O's GM Hemond honored with O'Neil Award at Cooperstown
    Roland Hemond never worked for George Steinbrenner, Walter O'Malley or Gussie Busch. He was never given unlimited resources to work with, but made up for it with a limitless imagination. Competing with less became one of his specialties. "Actually,...

    West Elsdon forges a new identity

    West Elsdon forges a new identity
    To thousands of traveling Chicagoans, West Elsdon is the neighborhood they glimpse on their way to catch a plane at Midway International Airport. But for some 18,000 working-class residents, it's home. Even with its proximity to the airport, West...