Picks and Pans Review: How Life Imitates the World Series
by Thomas Boswell
Boswell, 34, a sportswriter for the Washington Post, has all the tools, as they say in baseball—and in his case that means more than a pencil, notebook and typewriter. He overwrites at times, such as in his essay on the late Yankee catcher Thurman Munson, who, Boswell says extravagantly, "left memories of a style of play as indelible as those of any man of his time." But he usually keeps his sense of humor about the game and, like Angell, writes not only of people like Reggie Jackson, Veeck and Pete Rose, but of peripheral characters. A highlight of this book, in fact, is a chapter on baseball in Cuba, where Boswell talked to former major leaguer Connie Marrero, who still reminisces about pitching to Mickey Mantle, 30 years and one revolution later. (Doubleday, $14.95)
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