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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. 
  • Meet the commenters: 'Edge of the 14th Ward'

     
    Part of an occasional series Commenter ID: Edge of the 14th Ward Gender: Male Age: 32 Occupation: Nonprofit communications, currently on behalf of a child welfare agency that specializes in foster care adoption. Family info: Married for three years to...

    Chuck Tanner dies at 82; manager who led Pirates to '79 World Series comeback

    Chuck Tanner dies at 82; manager who led Pirates to '79 World Series comeback
    Chuck Tanner, the veteran manager who led the "We Are Family" Pittsburgh Pirates in 1979 to one of the greatest comebacks in World Series history, died Friday at his home in his hometown of New Castle, Pa., after a long illness. He was 82. Tanner managed...

    Taken For Granted: Remembering a ballgame renegade

    A World Series championship banner will fly above Dodger Stadium on March 31. No, I’m not delusional; I sadly recall the Dodgers’ miserable finish last season. The banner proclaiming the Giants World Series victory will be streamed...

    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'...