| Mar 31, 2011
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'...
| Aug 7, 2009
Witnessing a five-run deficit in the first two innings Thursday that included a two-out throwing error, two walks and another defensive lapse drew an unflattering comparison from White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen.
"It was like a Little League game out...
| Oct 22, 2010
The Last Boy
Mickey Mantle and the End of America's Childhood
Harper: 456 pp., $27.99
As a young girl growing up in the Bronx, Jane Leavy was enthralled not only by Mickey Mantle's amazing ability — at his best, he was as great as any...
| Jun 28, 2009
Long ago, when children were allowed to wander from their parents' side for more than 15 minutes, I spent much of my free time accumulating baseball cards.
After school, my buddy Adam Rogers and I would stroll to the candy store and buy multiple packs....
| Oct 7, 2009
Anybody out there want my World Series tickets? For free?
I've got two of them for Game 4, should the Dodgers make it through the playoffs, which begin with today's opener against the St. Louis Cardinals. I'm talking about some pretty good seats too....
| Mar 21, 2009
Ten years ago to the day, and Joe Plumeri remembers as if it were yesterday. Sunny and brisk afternoon. Shiny new ballpark before him. Beloved alma mater around him. Father alongside him in spirit.
A wonderful day that fell a couple of steps short of...
| Feb 12, 2010
The remarkable baseball life of Willie Mays can be measured in innumerable ways.
He started in the segregated Negro Leagues; when he retired in 1973 after 22 years in the major leagues, free agency was dawning. He was a bicoastal Giant who, in leading...
| Feb 28, 2010
|| Fiction || Weeks on list ||
|| 1. || The Help by Kathryn Stockett (Putnam: $24.95) The lives of a maid, a cook and a college graduate become intertwined as they change a Mississippi town. || 38 ||
|| 2. || Point Omega by Don...
| Jul 15, 2008
These Cubs are playing like it's 1969, and that might not be a dire predicament if they can finish the way they started.
Ron Santo vividly recalls this city's exuberance when five Cubs headed to the All-Star Game at RFK Stadium in Washington on July 23,...
| Sep 14, 2010
| 3:35 PM
This year’s slew of baseball books seem to have at least one foot in the 1970s, when all but one of these writers was coming of age. Free agency and player lockouts, Astroturf and “ashtray” domes, the designated hitter and the save as...
| Sep 23, 2010
| 9:07 AM
Most topics can be explained in 18.5 hours, but not baseball.
It's so much more than a game with a winner and loser; it's the hope, philosophy and history of a nation's spirit played out on a diamond. Persisting into the bottom of the ninth, with...