• Ted Cox
  • The take from a last visit to Bookman’s Alley.

Spring Books Week offers a perfect excuse to write about baseball books, so before the week ends let me get an item in on the sport that lends itself best to reading and writing (with apologies to boxing and, yes, golf).

I can’t say it’s been a wonderful spring for new baseball books, even allowing for last year’s The Art of Fielding. I’m already on record admiring Chad Harbach’s first novel as a work of contemporary fiction, but dismissing it as a baseball book (too damn mystic for my tastes). Mike Miner’s wonderful dissection of a recent Atlantic hatchet job on the book is highly recommended, however.