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Once More Around the Park: A Baseball Reader

Lamb enjoyed one glorious year, but Roger Angell is a well-seasoned veteran. Since 1962, he has been producing an endless stream of smooth baseball prose for The New Yorker. For those of us who actually would prefer a little less of his good thing, Once More Around the Park is just the ticket. Here are some of Angell’s short articles, as well as excerpts from four of his books. No one makes us see baseball as well: ”Babe Ruth, wearing a new, bright yellow glove, trotting out to right field — a swollen ballet dancer, with those delicate, almost feminine feet and ankles.” And no one gives us such delightfully surprising insight into the intricacies of the sport. A-

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